Facial blemishes can be the result of old injury scars, acne or overexposure to the sun. They can become much more pronounced as we enter into our mature adult years. Since the skin cells reproduce the damage as well as the healthy tissue, these discolorations continue.
An effective way to reduce the appearance of blemishes is through a simple cosmetic procedure known as a chemical peel. This type of treatment is used to safely lift away the epidermis. The body responds by creating a new upper skin layer, one that is healthier and more evenly toned. A deeper chemical peel can actually remove damaged, darkly colored tissue. The lower skin layers are replaced by new growth that is free from blemishes.
Types of Chemical Peels
The intensity of the treatment depends on the type of blemish or other skin discoloration. Some treatments involve a light surface peel to give the skin a more evenly toned appearance. However, certain areas on the face may require a deeper penetration by the peel solution. This is necessary to reduce the appearance of freckles, age spots and acne scarring.
A surface peel lifts away only the epidermis. A medium-depth peel uses a slightly stronger solution that works on the lower dermal layers. During a consultation at our office, we suggest the most appropriate treatment type and explain how the client should prepare.
How A Chemical Peel Works
The face is thoroughly cleansed, and then a gel or thick liquid containing a special solution is applied to the treatable area. The solution begins to affect the upper skin layers. After a short time, the solution is wiped away and the face is cleansed once more.
Over the next two or three days, the skin begins to peel. The effect is similar to a minor sunburn. However, the tissues that support the skin are not affected, so there is no actual tissue damage. The skin will peel off on its own, but we may recommend the use of certain creams or cleansers to make the process of wiping away the dead skin cells easier.
What Patients Can Expect
The chemical peel process doesn’t take very long. In fact, a surface peel can be finished in less than one hour. Deeper peels require a longer recovery period. However, a deeper peel treatment yields longer-lasting results.
Before undergoing this cosmetic procedure, we will recommend that the client refrain from using anti-inflammatory drugs, use sunscreen and keep the facial skin clean. This means paying special attention to clogged pores. Chemical peels are repeatable at regular intervals.
Is a Chemical Peel Right for You?
Blemishes cannot be wished away, nor can an individual use any sort of cream treatment to diminish the appearance of these discolorations. Healthier tissue growth stimulation is required, and a chemical peel is one of the most popular treatment methods for accomplishing this.
To learn more about how a chemical peel can reduce the appearance of your facial blemishes, set up a consultation at Hanemann Plastic Surgery in Baton Rouge. Our medical team can help you determine if this treatment is the best option for you. Contact us today to book your appointment!