New year, new you--what better way to put a fresh face forward than with radiant skin? As the ball drops this New Year’s Eve, you can feel confident and glowing with a chemical peel facial treatment. This guide will break down the basics of this cosmetic dermatology service, so you can decide whether this treatment is right for you.
A chemical peel is an exfoliation treatment that removes the outer layer of the skin. The skin then regenerates to create a smooth and bright appearance. During the treatment, a dermatologist will cleanse the skin and apply a chemical solution. After leaving the solution in place for a set amount of time, they will neutralize and remove it. Your dermatologist will apply a cool compress to the skin as a final step.
While chemical peels have few side effects, you might experience some redness and dryness immediately after your appointment. You will notice your skin starting to flake and peel off in the weeks following treatment. Crusting and swelling is also possible after deeper peels. Remember that your skin will be more sensitive to the sun during this time. Be sure to wear SPF and stay out of the sun as much as possible.
Your dermatologist will determine whether you’re a candidate for a chemical peel. Chemical peels can treat a variety of issues, including:
Dermatologist chemical peels are available in several depths, and a dermatologist will recommend a peel based on your specific skin needs. The depths include:
Chemical peels are an effective treatment for many skin issues, but they aren’t a solution for every issue. If you have concerns like sagging skin, pronounced wrinkles, and stubborn pigmentation issues, your dermatologist may recommend another treatment. Dermal fillers can be more effective at filling in wrinkles and restoring facial volume, and laser treatments may be necessary for more pronounced pigmentation issues and scarring.
If you’re ready to start the new year with your best skin ever, contact the team at Pacific Dermatology Specialists. We’re proud to offer chemical peels at our dermatology and cosmetic center, as well as other cosmetic, medical, and surgical services to support your skin health. With locations in Montebello, CA and other nearby communities, our skin experts are currently accepting patients around the Greater Los Angeles Area.