What are Chemical Peels?
Chemical peels are a non-invasive method to treat blemishes, discoloration, sun-damage and fine lines and wrinkles of the face. The peels consist of biologically safe medications such as salicylic acid, lactic acid, retinol, and trichloroacetic acid. Peels can penetrate to superficial, medium or deep levels of the skin. The type of peel used is based on the patient's particular concerns as well as their willingness to tolerate downtime.
Chemical Peels describe a procedure to exfoliate or debride the skin of excessive dirt, oils, and bacteria in order to produce brighter looking skin with smaller pores and more even tone. The depth of peels varies from superficial to medium to deeper chemical peels. Superficial peels work on the surface of the skin and penetrate to the level of the epidermis, or outer layer of skin. Superficial peels, composed of certain alpha and beta hydroxy acids, such as salicylic acids, help to unclog pores and are especially helpful for acne-prone skin. Medium and deep peels penetrate to the level of the dermis, or second layer of skin, and are helpful for evening-out one’s complexion and treating hyperpigmentation.
Superficial peels exhibit very little downtime and are sometimes referred to as “lunch time peels,” since patients could return to work without experiencing excessive flaking or peeling of their skin. Medium and deeper peels do typically results in 5-7 days of either redness, flaking, or slight swelling. These are normal reactions which often correlate with the effectiveness of the peel itself. With proper post-procedural care, most patients tolerate these peel exceptionally well. Patients note more prolonged effects of medium and deeper peels, as compared to superficial peels. These peels can be repeated every 3-4 weeks, depending on your doctor’s recommendations.
Depending on patients’ specific concerns, chemical peels can provide comparable results to, or even better results than, lasers, and tend to be a much more affordable.
Benefits of Chemical Peels
Dr. Hodari offers chemical peels that range from mild "lunch-time" peels, with very little downtime, to deeper peels, which can create a more pronounced effect and a little more downtime. Chemical peels can leave the skin feeling smoother, decrease pore size, and even out discoloration.