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Light, Medium, and Deep Chemical Peels

A chemical peel is a treatment with an acidic solution designed to remove one or more damaged layers of the skin. Typically, it is used to enhance and smooth out the texture of rough skin. It is an excellent treatment option for wrinkles, facial blemishes, and uneven pigmentation of the skin. A peel exfoliates skin layers and reveals fresh layers with better texture, tone, and color.

Good Candidates

Patients with light hair and fair skin are the best candidates for this treatment. However, patients with other hair color and skin pigmentation can achieve a good result as well. If you are unhappy with the appearance of your skin due to acne, wrinkles, bad texture, age spots, or sun damage, then you are an ideal candidate for this treatment.

Light Chemical Peels

Light peels are used in the treatment of dryness, fine wrinkling, acne, and uneven pigmentation. The solution usually comprises of alphahydroxy acids like lactic, glycolic, fruit, or salicylic acids. Light peels are ideal for people who want the benefits of a facial peel but don’t want to spend the time needed to recover from deeper peels.

Medium Chemical Peels

Most of the doctors use trichloroacetic acid for medium peels. This chemical is very effective at treating superficial blemishes, surface wrinkles, and other pigmentation problems. Just like light peels, they require very little downtime. This is usually the preferred peel treatment for patients with darker skin tones.

Deep Chemical Peels

These peels are the strongest option. Phenol acid is the chemical that is most commonly used for deep facial peels. This is used in the treatment of coarse wrinkles, pre-cancerous skin growths, and blotches caused by sun exposure or aging. While a deep peel usually produces the longest-lasting and most dramatic effect, it takes much longer and needs more healing time. A deep peel can also potentially cause permanent lightening of the patient’s skin, so prospective patients must consult with a cosmetic dermatologist before they undergo the procedure.

Are There Any Side Effects?

If the procedure is performed by an experienced facial plastic surgeon, it is completely safe. A possible side effect with light and medium peels is a slight stinging that usually subsides within a day. Deep peels might have more pronounced side effects, but they too will subside in a few days.

Can a Peel Be Used in Areas Other Than the Face?

Though deep peels can be used only on the face, light and medium peels can be used on other body parts as well. Typically, the solution is a bit stronger than the one used for a facial peel, but it is still milder than the phenol solution that is used for deep peels. Chemical peels are often used to minimize the stretch marks on the body after weight loss and pregnancy.

Come In for More Information

If you want to find out more about chemical peels and your rejuvenation choices, the best way to do this is by meeting with board-certified facial plastic surgeon Dr. Anita Mandal. Dr. Mandal knows how to pick the proper peel for each patient. Arrange a consultation – contact us today.

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