Removal of the epidermis in a controlled manner will stimulate new skin cell production. A chemical peel involves the use of an acid solution to dry up and flake away the upper layer of skin. A more aggressive procedure that targets both the epidermal and dermal layers is also popular. If you’ve heard of chemical peels but want more information about why they’re performed and what skin conditions they can treat, this article will be of great interest to you.
We perform this treatment for our clients who bring us their concerns about aging skin and the problems associated with it. Chemical peels can help smooth the skin, get rid of pronounced non-set wrinkles, erase smile lines, diminish the appearance of blemishes including age spots, freckles, and injury scars, and even reduce the prominence of deeper skin problems such as melasma. The type of peel treatment performed depends on the depth of any skin problems, and that’s why a consultation is necessary.
During the Consultation
We examine the facial skin closely and listen to the concerns of the client. If the problem is primarily wrinkling and superficial scarring or other discoloration, we will likely suggest a light peel treatment. This procedure targets the epidermal layer only.
If the problem is deeper blemishes and injury scarring made more apparent with aging, a medium-depth peel treatment may be the best choice. Sun-damaged skin that shows prominent wrinkling and severely darkened regions of skin surface can be treated with a deep chemical peel procedure. Once we have determined the best treatment option, we will give the client an information packet that describes how to prepare for the procedure.
Applying Acid to the Skin Surface
A mild acid is brushed onto the skin and allowed to set for a few minutes. After it’s washed off, the skin is cleansed once more. We may soothe the skin with an ice pack or by blowing cold air over the surface.
Over the next few days, the acid effect is noticeable. The skin surface dries up and flakes away. At the same time, the dermal layer begins to mutate, and a new epidermal layer forms. This new skin surface is smoother than what it replaced, and the overall skin tone will have improved.
If a medium-depth chemical peel treatment is the best option, we will use a slightly stronger acid such as glycolic or trichloroacetic acid. We let it sit for a slightly longer period of time before washing it off. This peel treatment affects some of the upper dermal layer that lies beneath the epidermis. Results are noticeable after a month or so. Acne scarring, injury scarring, and age spots are less noticeable.
A deep chemical peel is a more aggressive procedure, and we generally don’t suggest it unless the problem is severe discoloration due to years of overexposure to the sun. This treatment also improves the appearance of very deep wrinkling and creasing.
A More Radiant, Youthful-Looking Skin Surface
You don’t have to undergo abrasive resurfacing, laser treatments, or surgical repositioning of skin, in order to have a smoother skin surface. With our chemical peels at Ambiance MD, you can also get rid of those annoying age spots and blemishes. Contact us today to schedule your consultation! We are conveniently located in Green Bay, WI.