One of the most effective ways to give your skin a pick-me-up is with a chemical peel. At SculptMD in Shrewsbury, New Jersey, aesthetic specialist Manolis Manolakakis, DMD, FACS, and his team perform chemical peels to make your skin smoother, brighter, and less blemished. To explore your chemical peel options with the help of an expert, call SculptMD to request an appointment or book your visit online today.
A chemical peel is a noninvasive skin treatment that removes dead skin cells and debris using a chemical agent. You can get a chemical peel on just your face or you can use it to improve the skin on your neck, chest, or hands.
After a chemical peel causes dead and tired skin cells to slough off, you’ll see a new surface layer of skin. You might be surprised how many of your skin’s flaws are confined to the surface layers of your skin. A chemical peel leaves you with smoother skin and fewer scars and blemishes.
The results that you get from your chemical peel depend on the type of peel you receive. Your provider at SculptMD can help you decide which type fits best for your goals and the starting state of your skin.
A superficial peel uses a mild acid and is gentle on your skin. It treats mild discoloration and rough textures.
A medium peel penetrates a layer deeper than a superficial peel. You can use it to treat discoloration, age spots, freckles, and some fine lines.
A deep peel is the harshest of the three options, but it gives you the most drastic results. With a deep chemical peel, you can remove shallow scars, fine lines, age spots, and freckles. You can only get a deep peel once in your lifetime, so you should talk to your provider about its timing.
The recovery period after a chemical peel depends on which type you get. A superficial peel requires 4-7 days of recovery. During this time, your skin might appear as though it’s a different color than usual. This is normal and should go away after the recovery period.
A medium peel requires 5-7 days of recovery, but your skin might look red for weeks or months afterward. As you recover from a medium peel, your skin swells, crusts, and flakes away to reveal its new surface.
A deep chemical peel requires the most recovery time. It takes two weeks for your new surface layer of skin to develop. During this time, your skin swells and you might feel a burning or throbbing sensation.
Your provider gives you instructions to make this period as comfortable and tolerable as possible. Once the swelling goes down, your skin might appear flushed for several months.
To find out more about chemical peels and choose the right one for you, call SculptMD or book an appointment online today.