The 411 on Chemical Peels
At Dermatology Associates of Atlanta, we deal with cutting-edge technology and medical science on a daily basis. But some skin care treatments have been so popular for so long that they’re almost universally known. One of these procedures is the chemical peel. Most people know it’s a way to treat signs of facial aging, but they know little if anything about how peels actually work and the many areas they can treat. For all the basics you should know if you’re considering a chemical peel, check out the helpful facts below from our skilled providers at Dermatology Associates of Atlanta (DAA).
Because a chemical peel removes the damaged and aging outer layer of skin, it can improve any cosmetic issue in the surface skin. That list includes fine lines and mild wrinkles, sun damage (such as age spots), acne scars, uneven skin tone or texture, and more. While most people think of chemical peels as facial treatments (and this is the most popular treatment area for them), they’re also very successful for the hands, chest, feet, and other areas.
Available Types of Peels
One of the reasons skin care providers use chemical peels so often is because they’re incredibly customizable. First of all, there are countless types of chemical peels, each using a different combination of ingredients to focus on specific priorities. At DAA, our in-house Skin Medics™ Medical Spa offers over a dozen types of chemical peels with varying strengths and depths. Even with the wide menu, our skilled and licensed treatment providers can customize your chemical peel by adjusting the amount of time the product is on your skin, the number of peels you receive, and more.
The Chemical Peel Process
A chemical peel treatment sounds rather simple. First, our licensed medical aesthetician, physician assistant, or dermatologist will cleanse and prepare your skin. Next, they will apply the chemical peel solution and give it a few minutes to reach a specific depth within your skin. After the desired depth has been achieved, the provider will remove the solution. In the days and weeks after your treatment, your skin will have the look of a sunburn before your natural healing process peels away the damaged surface skin, revealing more youthful and refreshed skin underneath. Peels are quick and convenient procedures, but as simple as they sound, they need to be performed by an experienced professional who knows how to cater your treatment to your specific skin.
Potential Chemical Peel Side Effects
When they’re performed by qualified professionals who understand the various chemical peels and skin types, peels have a low risk for side effects. Those side effects include persistent redness, temporary skin discoloration, and in rare case, scarring.
Where to Get a Chemical Peel
With all this discussion about the importance of getting your chemical peel from the right professional, how do you know if you’re working with the right provider? First, look for select medical credentials, like a board-certified dermatologist, physician assistant, or licensed medical aesthetician. Second, find out how much experience your provider has in performing chemical peels.
For patients with nearly any skin type, chemical peels can be a great treatment option and they’re customizable enough to address your specific concerns without unnecessary recovery time. It’s important, though, to make sure you’re getting the peel you need and it’s being performed by a qualified and experienced provider. To find out what a chemical peel can do for you, schedule an appointment at Dermatology Associates of Atlanta to discuss your skin care options. For more skincare tips, special offers, and health news, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.