Chemical peels can be effective in improving the appearance of wrinkled and sun-spotted skin. These are topical creams made of glycolic acid or salicylic acid to whiten and brighten the skin. It’s best used to treat fine wrinkles, acne, uneven skin ton, and dryness. Because it is a non-invasive procedure, no surgery or incisions are required.
The Chemical Peel Process
The peel procedure takes about an hour to perform. At the start of the chemical peel session, the skin of the treatment area is cleansed. The hair and eyes are covered for protection. The peel solution is applied to the skin, where it is left to penetrate to the desired depth in the skin layers. You may experience a tingling or a burning sensation depending on the strength of the peel. When the application is removed, the treated skin layers will gradually and naturally peel off and slough away, revealing fresh new skin cells.
Recovery/downtime is minimal and depends on the strength of the chosen peel. The skin takes a week to 10 days to heal after treatment. After your peel, it is important to wear sunscreen and moisturize the skin regularly, and avoid heavy sun exposure until the healing process is complete.
What Are the Benefits of a Chemical Peel?
The benefits of a chemical peel vary according to the strength and composition of the peel solution used. A lighter peel can address superficial issues, whereas a medium or deeper peel can correct harsh skin problems.
Generally, peels can resolve acne, enlarged pores, fine wrinkles, rough skin, spots and blemishes, certain scars, complexion issues, and dullness. These treatments restore a youthful glow to the skin. Peels are tailored to each patient’s unique needs.
Am I a Good Candidate?
Ideal candidates for this treatment have skin issues on the face, hands, or neck and are looking for a non-surgical solution. Good candidates do not have active skin infections in the target areas.
The best candidates have lighter hair and skin tone, since patients with darker skin may be at risk of discoloration. If you have a darker skin tone, it is best to discuss this with your skin-care professional during your consultation.
Chemical Peel Cost
The cost of a chemical peel will depend on the type of peel chosen, the areas being treated, and the types of issues being addressed. Additionally, the price will vary based on your choice of medical practice.
Set Up Your Consultation
Get started with your chemical peel in Boise – set up a consultation by contacting our office. One of our physicians or our registered nurse will be happy to answer any questions you may have.