Maintaining a fresh, youthful appearance begins with the facial features. As we age and mature, our facial skin begins to develop wrinkles and smile lines. These are caused by a variety of factors including a decrease in collagen production and less moisture retention. Discolorations such as age spots, acne scars, and freckles become more prominent. Many of our clients opt to get chemical peels multiple times per year to help keep the skin smoother and more evenly toned.
Chemical peels are performed in a manner that is dependent on the overall skin condition and the result expectations of the client. Most often, we perform a light, superficial peel treatment that requires little or no downtime. Deeper peel treatments are performed when more serious wrinkling or heavier discolorations need to be addressed.
How Chemical Peels Treat the Skin
Actually, peel treatments remove the epidermal layer of skin. The idea is to promote healthier skin growth through the creation of a controlled injury. Unlike a sunburn, however, a mild peel treatment doesn’t affect the lower dermal layers, nor does it damage the capillaries that lie near the skin surface.
Deeper peel treatments are performed using a stronger solution, and it is allowed to set on the skin for a longer period of time. These treatments target skin discolorations that are below the surface, and they also help correct severe wrinkling and brittleness.
When the solution is applied, it affects the epidermal layer. Over the following days, accelerated tissue production in the lower dermal layers is stimulated. These tissues are constantly mutating and moving upward toward the surface, but after a peel treatment, the process moves along more quickly. The new skin tissue is healthier and more even in tone than the tissue that was removed by the peel treatment.
Until recently, chemical peels were a suitable skin rejuvenating alternative only for those individuals with lighter skin tone. However, recent advancements in formulas and more controlled procedural steps make this treatment a viable skin rejuvenation procedure for almost anyone. This includes individuals who have a significant amount of melanin in their skin.
We still need to consult with the client so that we can customize a procedure that will yield the most positive results. We choose the proper peel treatment based on our observations of the client’s skin tone, the amount of wrinkling, and how deep the discolorations are beneath the skin surface, among other factors.
A Regular Skin Maintenance Program
Getting a superficial peel treatment every so often virtually guarantees the maintaining of smoother skin with less visible signs of aging and sun damage. These repeated treatments in no way harm the skin or cause uneven skin tone. Peels are actually very simple to perform, and they require less post-treatment care than many other types of skin rejuvenation procedures.
Make an appointment at the office of Syed Ahmad, MD in Plano to get all the facts about chemical peels. Contact us today to schedule a consultation!