Chemical peeling is a skin rejuvenation technique, most often used on the face, chest, back, hands, or neck. A specially formulated solution is used to encourage skin to shed dead, dying, or damaged cells naturally. This procedure is not appropriate as the sole treatment for patients with deep lines or wrinkles. However, it can be a good option for those who are not ready for deeper therapy. It is also used to maintain the results of fractional skin resurfacing.
Chemical peels can achieve dramatic skin improvement. They are used treat:
- Wrinkles, caused by heredity factors, aging, or sun damage
- Superficial acne scarring
- Pigmentation irregularities of the skin, such as age spots and freckles
- Melasma, which is a dark pigmentation of the face, usually found on the cheeks, most commonly in women
- Pre-cancerous conditions such as keratosis, which are rough, reddish colored, thick skin growths
Various ingredients are used in chemical peels, most of which are natural and gentle acids. The type and strength of the peel is selected according to the skin type and condition of the patient. The procedure is performed by applying the solution to the skin for a pre-determined length of time, before gently removing it. With a topical anesthetic, patients report very little discomfort. You may notice a mild burning sensation, but it quickly fades.
Although there are inherent risks with most medical procedures, they are very rare in the case of chemical peels. The process is quite safe and effective in the hands of our experienced professional and with the oversight of a board-certified dermatologist. Skin damage can occur if the solution is too strong, or not removed at the right time, so it is important to choose a respected, dermatologist-supervised practice such as Center for Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery, P.C., rather than trusting your skin to a technician of questionable training in a non-medical setting. You will be given complete pre-treatment and post-treatment instructions to minimize the risk of an adverse reaction. It is important to follow these instructions closely, and call us if you have any questions.
If you are looking for the best way to improve the health and appearance of your skin, we can help. Call us at (202) 955 - 5757 and schedule a consultation to find out if a chemical peel is right for you.