A chemical peel is a restorative cosmetic procedure that can improve the look and feel of your skin. Chemical peels can be done on the chest, neck, and hands, but they are most commonly performed on the face as a whole or in more localized areas that are in need of attention, such as under the eyes or around the mouth. When you get a chemical peel from the Delaware dermatologists at Premier Dermatology And Cosmetic Surgery, a chemical solution is applied to your skin that then peels away damaged skin cells, allowing healthy skin to grow in their place. People of all ages get these peels to help improve common skin concerns, like wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, acne, and uneven skin texture. Depending on your skin type and problem areas, there are several different types of chemical peels to choose from: light, medium, or deep peel.
A light chemical peel, or superficial peel, will lightly exfoliate your skin. It only removes the epidermis, which is your topmost skin layer. A light chemical peel is usually used for fine wrinkles, uneven skin tone, acne, or dry skin. If your skin is darker or tanned, you may require this lighter type of peel, or a test spot prior to any treatment to make sure not to cause hypo- or hyper-pigmentation.
A medium chemical peel is slightly stronger than a light peel. It goes deeper, penetrating through all five layers of the epidermis to the top layer of the dermis. A medium peel is typically used for wrinkles, uneven skin tone, and acne scars. According to the Delaware dermatologists at Premier Dermatology And Cosmetic Surgery, fair-skinned and light-haired patients are generally better candidates for medium to deep peels.
A deep peel goes past the papillary layer in the dermis, to the reticular layer and possibly to the subcutaneous tissue, depending on the patient’s needs. It uses very strong chemicals, so you may need a local anesthetic before the procedure to help prevent pain and discomfort. This type of peel is best suited for deeper wrinkles, deeper scars, and precancerous skin patches.
Your recovery time will vary depending on the type of chemical peel you receive from the Delaware dermatologists at Premier Dermatology And Cosmetic Surgery. To learn more about the chemical peels we offer or to schedule an appointment, contact us today!