Chemical peels are commonly used to improve the skin’s appearance. They can treat wrinkles, skin discoloration, acne, and scars. Chemical peels are performed by applying a chemical exfoliant to the surface of the skin. There are several different types of chemical peels. These peels range in strength from light superficial peels to deep resurfacing peels. Deeper chemical peels yield more drastic results. However, they are also associated with a more significant recovery period. In contrast, superficial peels produce more subtle results. They also involve little to no downtime. Most chemical peel treatments are comfortable. Some say they feel a slight sting upon initial application. That feeling quickly subsides. Generally, the deeper the peel the more chance of discomfort.
Choosing the right chemical peel is important. What peel is best for you depends the condition you hope to address. It also depends on your skin type. Dr. Foulad custom formulates each chemical peel to fit the needs of each patient. His selection is based on your individual skin goals and concerns. Treatment plans can range from a single treatment to a series of treatments spaced out over the course of months.
Superficial Chemical Peel
Superficial chemical peels are among the mildest in the category of chemical peels. These peels only penetrate and affect the outer layer of your skin. They are ideal for first-timers and patients with delicate skin. They are often referred to as “the lunchtime peel”. This is because they are quick and there is little to no downtime. These relatively gentle peels are excellent exfoliators. With repeated use, they can smooth skin texture, reduce blemishes, diminish fine lines, and increase collagen. They can also lighten pigmentation irregularities (such as with sun spots and melasma) and treat acne.
Our most common superficial chemical peels include the use of glycolic acid (30% to 50%), salicylic acid (20% to 30%), and Jessner’s solution.
After your peel you may have mild skin redness. Although you may develop mild peeling or flaking after several days, it is also not uncommon to have no peeling at all. The amount of peeling depends on the quality of your skin, the use of prior skin care products, and the formulation of the peel. Although you may not have visible peeling, you are still receiving the benefits of the chemical peel. Light chemical peel results may last an average of 1 to 2 months.
We recommend a series of superficial peels. You may typically repeat these peels every 2 to 5 weeks.
There are many varieties of chemical peels and knowing which one is right for you may be difficult. Each peel is unique and is created specifically for your skin type. Dr. Foulad will determine an individual treatment plan based on your skin type and desired outcome during your consultation.
Medium Depth Chemical Peel
Medium depth chemical peels provide an advanced non-surgical solution to improve the appearance of your skin. They are great for those battling fine lines, sun damage, uneven pigmentation, acne and acne scars, and various color irregularities. These peels boost the production of collagen in your skin. They improve the texture and tone of your skin. They reveal a smooth, fresh layer of skin which enhances the overall brightness and radiance of your complexion. Although applied in the same way, medium depth chemical peels provide more powerful results than lighter peels. However, they require a longer healing period. they are much less aggressive. They also have less risk than traditional deep chemical peels.
Our most common medium depth chemical peel includes a TCA solution in combination with other formulations such as Jessner’s solution.
After the medium depth peel, you will have skin redness and mild swelling. The swelling may increase over the next couple days. There will be significant peeling and flaking of the skin. It may take up to two weeks for the skin to appear healed. With more repair resulting from a medium peel, you can expect results to last 2 to 6 months. You may repeat these peels after 3 months if necessary.
Ideal candidates for medium peels are those with fair to medium skin tones. Patients with darker skin may not be appropriate candidates.
With any peel, you should begin to see improvements in your complexion as soon as your skin has fully healed. The tone and texture of your skin will continue to improve over time with repeated use.