Everything you need to know about chemical peels

Everything you need to know about chemical peels

Do you often find yourself gazing at the flawless skin of the actresses, reality television stars and influencers of today, wondering what you could do to achieve the same complexion? Don't let your acne, age spots, sun-damaged area or other dips in your complexion keep you down – chemical peels offer the treatment you need to improve the look at feel of your skin.

"The purpose of any peel is to exfoliate, but the deeper the peel, the more anti-aging benefits for stimulation of collagen," dermatologist and chemical peel expert Dennis Gross told StyleCaster.

Let's take a closer look at what defines a chemical peel, different types of peels and reasons to consider this skin treatment:

What is a chemical peel?
According to the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, a chemical peel is the specialized technique used to enhance the skin located on the face, as well as on the neck and hands. The three most common or basic peels include: the superficial peel, medium peel and deep peel. All involve a chemical solution being applied to the skin for a deep exfoliation.

A chemical peel can take care of age spots, wrinkles and more. A chemical peel can take care of age spots, wrinkles and more.

Who needs a chemical peel?
Beyond adult acne, some of the other reasons to consider a chemical peel includes scaring, aging skin, crow's feet, hyperpigmentation, melasma, a sun-damaged complexion, wrinkles or sagging skin.

Even if you live with one of these skin conditions, the treatment is not recommended for you if you have active skin disease, sunburn, psoriasis, eczema, dermatitis or rosacea. To receive a chemical peel, you cannot be pregnant or nursing, have taken Accutane in the last six months or another prescription skin care product that contains an acid base within the last 48 hours.

What type of chemical peel do I need?
If you are living with one of the previously mentioned skin conditions, read on to learn which chemical peel type makes most sense for you: 

The superficial peel uses alpha-hydroxy acid to penetrate the outermost layer of skin. Most commonly, this peel is used to reduce skin discoloration and roughness in the complexion.

"The medium peel uses glycolic or trichloroacetic acid to go beneath the outer layer or skin."

The medium peel uses glycolic or trichloroacetic acid to go beneath the outer layer or skin, penetrating deep into the middle layer to eliminate damage skin cells. This treatment can be used to smooth skin texture, treat precancerous skin growths, improve age spots, reduce fine lines and wrinkles and eliminate moderate skin discoloration.

A deep peel consists of trichloroacetic acid which penetrates the middle layer of skin with an objective to remove the damage skin cells below the surface. This treatment is the most dramatic of the chemical peel types, providing drastic improvement in the skin that involves removing moderate lines, freckles, scars and age spots in the complexion.

Before deciding which chemical peel can help you achieve your skin care goals, consult a dermatologist or other skin specialist to better understand the best option for you.

What is the cost of a chemical peel?
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the average cost of a chemical peel is around $700. However, the price is generally based on the expert performing the procedure. The cost covers the peel, anesthesia fees – if anesthesia is needed – prescriptions needed prior and facility costs.

Visit Maryland Plastic Surgery for a chemical peel
There are chemical peel products sold in stores, but there's nothing on the market like the peels used by dermatologist and skin specialists. At Maryland Plastic Surgery, we have a variety of treatment options for those looking to enhance the skin, such as lasers, light therapies, drainage, extraction and chemical peels.

To learn more about chemical peels at Maryland Plastic Surgery or to schedule your consultation, contact us directly today. We look forward to helping you become your most confident self and love the skin you're in.


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