Sometimes removing the top layer of the skin is enough to improve your appearance. That’s the thinking behind chemical peels. They accelerate the normal exfoliation process, improving the skin’s tone and texture. If you have acne scars or fine wrinkles, this may be a beneficial approach. Dr. Kajal Roy, MD, of Niyan Medspa in Ashburn, Virginia, can advise you on the benefits of a chemical peel for your skin. Call the office or book an appointment online today.
As its name suggests, a chemical peel is a solution that is spread over the face to remove the top layers. These are the most vulnerable ones, most likely to sustain damage from the sun and the wear and tear of daily life.
Chemical peels are most efficient in:
Different kinds of chemical peels are designed to address various problems. Dr. Roy uses SkinMedica® products, which range from gentle to extra-strength for more severe skin issues. Dr. Roy will help you choose the right product.
If you’re looking to address uneven pigmentation, acne scarring, or fine wrinkles, a light chemical peel--TNS Essential Serum or Lytera® Skin Brightening Complex--may do the job. A light peel is brushed on the skin and left on for a few minutes.
A medium chemical peel penetrates deeper into the skin, past the top layer, and into the middle layer. It works for deeper acne scars or wrinkles. A mild retinal product from SkinMedica may be a good choice for this treatment.
A deep chemical peel penetrates through the skin’s lowest layer and is used for profoundly damaged skin or visible scars. Before receiving a deep chemical peel, your skin will have to be pretreated, usually with a retinoic acid cream or gel, to thin out the skin’s surface layer. Then it will be easier for the deep chemical peel to penetrate the skin.
The length of the recovery period, as well as the duration of any side effects, depends on the kind of treatment you select. After a light chemical peel, you may experience some redness and stinging, but they will subside quickly. You should start seeing results in a few days.
Following a medium chemical peel, you may notice some slight color changes. The peeling process begins within 48 hours and lasts about a week. Be sure to keep your skin moisturized during this period.
Although a deep chemical peel has the longest recovery time, it also lasts for quite a while. After about two weeks, you’ll be able to resume all of your activities. You can expect the results to last as long as ten years.
Consult with Dr. Roy about which treatment is best for you. Call her at Niyan Medspa in Ashburn, Virginia, or book an appointment online. She’s available to answer all of your questions.