A chemical peel is a cosmetic procedure that helps to improve the overall texture and tone of the facial skin. Depending on the condition being treated, a peel can be rather superficial in nature or can penetrate more deeply through the skin layers.
Peel treatments are in-house, outpatient procedures that can usually be completed in less than one hour. In fact, a superficial, light peel treatment is often referred to as a lunchtime peel because it requires no downtime on the part of the client. If you are concerned about the texture of your facial skin, any slight discolorations or superficial scarring, you might want to consider a non-invasive chemical peel.
Who is a Candidate?
A light chemical peel treatment is suggested for those who have roughened skin texture due to a decrease in collagen production. Mild wrinkling, crow’s feet, smile lines and frown lines are often made more noticeable due to a thinning of the skin and a decreased amount of collagen. This condition generally affects men and women age 35 and up.
Environmental factors such as overexposure to the sun and airborne pollutants can also negatively affect the skin. Freckles sometimes become more pronounced even though they do not increase in depth or width. These are the types of conditions that can be treated with a light chemical peel.
The Treatment Procedure
A light chemical peel is performed using a mild solution. The solution penetrates only through the epidermis. The acidity gently exfoliates the outer skin layer. The acid used is usually alphahydroxy or something similar.
Prior to treatment, we consult with the client and examine the face closely. If the areas of concern involve tissues near the surface, a light peel is suggested. If, however, the discolorations are deeper, such as an old injury or acne scar, or if the folds and wrinkles are rather large, we might determine that a different treatment is necessary.
We cleanse the face thoroughly, and then we apply the solution. The client feels a stinging sensation, but no serious discomfort is experienced. After a few minutes, the solution is wiped off, the face cleaned once more and a cooling topical solution is applied to help soothe the skin.
The skin may be red for a time, but this soon goes away. After two or three days, the skin begins to act in a manner similar to what happens after a mild sunburn. The outer layer of skin has been removed and no longer consists of living cells.
The body responds by accelerating newer skin growth. The new layer of epidermis is firmer and more supple, yet also more taut than the layer that was removed. The overall result is smoother skin with fewer visible wrinkles.
A typical peel treatment of this type will usually yield positive results that last for more than six months. A light chemical peel is repeatable at regular intervals determined by our team.
Get More Information
To learn more about how a light chemical peel can drastically improve the appearance of your facial skin, set up a consultation at Hanemann Plastic Surgery in Baton Rouge. Our team can give you all the facts about this simple cosmetic procedure, and we’ll educate you on how this treatment differs from other skin rejuvenation techniques. Contact us today to schedule an appointment to learn more.