A very comfortable environment. The procedure went very smoothly, with no discomfort at all. The doctor(s) and staff keep the patient well informed during the entire procedure. – James H. C.
Chemical peels are a great option for treating skin texture, tone, fine lines, as well as pigmentation problems, like melasma and sun spots. It is also an excellent choice for treating and controlling certain types of acne.
New skin cells are constantly being formed, and old ones are shed. Ideally, this natural renewal process would keep skin smooth and healthy. However, this process is not fast enough, or efficient enough, particularly in mature skin. A chemical peel is a technique that enhances skin rejuvenation by removing the outermost layer and stimulating rapid cell regeneration.
Like all treatments here at North Sound Dermatology Aesthetics, chemical peels are tailored to the specific needs of each patient. There are many different types of peels, in varying strengths, often with special ingredients to address specific skin issues. After a complete evaluation, we will devise a customized treatment plan, which may include one or a series of chemical peels, and possibly other adjunct treatments to achieve optimal results.
First, we will gently cleanse the treatment area to remove any cosmetics or other residue. The peeling formula is applied to the area, and given time to soak in before it is removed. It should not be painful, though you may feel a bit of stinging with the stronger formulas. The upper layers gradually slough off over the next few days, revealing fresh, healthy, glowing new skin. The amount of flaking, if any, depends on the depth of the peel. Each formula is unique, and the precise depth varies depending on how long it is left on the skin. However, chemical peels are generally classified as superficial, medium, or deep.
The mildest chemical peels are popular “lunchtime treatments” because they can often be completed in less than one hour, and they are mild enough to return to work immediately afterwards. Stronger superficial peels may result in minor redness or flaking for a couple of days, but it can usually be camouflaged with cosmetics.
Superficial peels may be used to reduce dark spots, maintain skin health, keep pores clear, and improve overall skin tone and texture. They are generally safe for all skin types and colors. A series of treatments may be recommended for optimal results.
A medium-depth peel will require a little more recovery time. The outer layer of skin generally crusts and begins to slough off about two or three days after the procedure. Within about a week, the peeling process should be complete, and then you will be able to wear cosmetics to cover any lingering redness.
Medium depth chemical peels achieve more dramatic results in a single session. They are often recommended for pigmentation, like melasma, or sun spots, as well as to reduce fine lines and other signs of aging.
The deepest chemical peels remove more layers of tissue, and require considerably more time. Today, they are rarely used because laser resurfacing can achieve comparable results, with less discomfort and much simpler, faster recovery.
Frequently Asked Questions
Am I a good candidate?
For most people, the answer is yes. Of course, certain formulas, particularly the stronger ones, may not be appropriate for specific skin types. However, similar results can be achieved with a series of milder peels.
Is there any downtime after a chemical peel?
That would depend on the depth of the peel. You should be able to resume normal actives after the procedure. However, you may need to avoid direct sun exposure, or avoid activity that would result in perspiration immediately after treatment. In addition, stronger peels will involve a few days of peeling, during which time you may wish to avoid social engagements. With any chemical peel, or resurfacing procedure, sunscreen becomes even more important, because the new, freshly revealed skin is tender and can burn easily.
What can chemical peels treat?
This is a very versatile technique, which can treat various problems, depending on the specific formula. Most commonly, chemical peels are used to improve skin quality, texture, and tone, reduce fine lines, and leave a healthy, youthful glow. Many formulas also have specialty ingredients designed to lighten dark spots, or treat specific conditions, such as acne.
Are chemical peels safe?
Like any medical procedure, a chemical peel can be risky if performed by an unskilled practitioner, or without proper safety and sanitation protocols. North Sound Dermatology Aesthetics is a highly respected practice, with five state-of-the-art medical offices throughout the area. In our office, unlike some spas or other non-medical facilities, you will always be seen and treated by a properly certified skin care professional, with extensive training and experience. Our team includes Board-Certified Dermatologists, Board-Certified Dermatology PAs, and Master Medical Aestheticians. Every team member is specifically trained and skilled in every procedure that he or she performs.
Is a chemical peel better than laser resurfacing?
These procedures accomplish many of the same goals, but have important differences. The best choice, or combination of treatments, depends on your individual needs. We will perform an examination, review your medical history, and discuss your goals before devising a custom treatment plan.
If you are considering a chemical peel or other skin treatment, call North Sound Dermatology Aesthetics at 425-954-2437 and schedule a consultation. We have five offices, serving patients in Mill Creek, South Everett, Everett, Smokey Point, Monroe and surrounding communities.
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