Aging and sun damage cause loss of skin elasticity, wrinkles and other skin changes that create an overall aged appearance. A chemical peel can bring a more youthful appearance to your face by removing damaged skin.
In Orange County, where sunny weather is enjoyed year-round, sun damage is very common.
How a Chemical Peel Can Help
While face and neck lifts can improve an aged appearance by lifting fallen tissues and making skin more taut, the actual quality of the skin remains the same. Chemical peels, on other hand, such as TCA (trichloroacetic acid), are used to help reverse some of these skin changes associated with aging. They work by removing the most superficial layers of skin, allowing fresh, new skin to form.
Light, Medium or Deep?
There are three levels of chemical peels that utilize differing concentrations of chemicals to produce the desired effect:
- Light Peels: Can be used to address acne, or uneven pigment.
- Medium Peels: Used to treat acne scars and deeper wrinkles
- Deep Peels: Can be used to treat sun damaged skin and scars, among other skin imperfections.
Depending on the concentration of the chemical peel, deeper peels can also induce a tightening and rejuvenating effect by promoting the formation of new collagen.
Individuals who have fairer skin complexions are typically the best candidates for this procedure.
Prep & Recovery
A pretreatment regimen with several skin creams is typically begun 6-8 weeks before the procedure itself in order to properly prepare the skin. After the peel is performed, redness should be expected to last for 1-2 weeks depending on the strength of the peel. Deeper depth peels can cause redness that lasts longer.
Discuss Your Options
If you are looking to restore a youthful look to your complexion, a chemical peel may be for you. During your consultation, I will thoroughly address all the procedure’s details and any questions you may have. Call my Irvine office or contact us here to find out if this procedure is an option for you.