All our lives we’ve been told to avoid skincare products and cosmetics containing harsh chemicals. Because of this, the idea of getting a chemical peel can be hard to wrap your head around. However, when performed in a controlled manner by a highly trained medical professional, the benefits of a chemical skin care procedure far outweigh any risks.
If you’re looking for a way to rejuvenate your complexion by reducing the appearance of fine lines, uneven skin tone, and acne scars, you may find the perfect solution in a chemical peel at Shumway Cosmetic Surgery.
What is a chemical peel?
A chemical peel is a cosmetic procedure in which a chemical solution is applied to the skin to slough off the damaged outer layers. The skin below is smoother and less wrinkled than the old skin, and it appears tighter and more youthful.
Are chemical peels dangerous?
The word “chemical” is scary because we’ve been conditioned to believe it is. However, the chemicals in most peels are completely natural. Glycolic acid is derived from sugar cane, lactic acid from sour milk, and salicylic acid from wintergreen. And don’t worry – the acids used in chemical peels are non-irritating and even help the skin to heal. When done properly, chemical peels are just as safe as any other cosmetic procedure and are often the most effective way to rejuvenate a dull, aged complexion.
How is a chemical peel performed?
At Shumway Cosmetic Surgery, we offer a variety of chemical peels for patients seeking facial rejuvenation. One gentle “beginner peel” is the MicroPeel® treatment. This procedure is performed in three steps: First, dead layers of the skin are gently removed through a painless technique called dermaplaning, which is similar to shaving. Then we apply alpha hydroxy acid, which is neutralized once the desired level of exfoliation is achieved. The final step of a MicroPeel® involves applying carbon dioxide to the skin, causing an anti-inflammatory response and cooling sensation. There is no downtime following a MicroPeel®. Patients may choose a more aggressive chemical peel using a stronger acid, which can result in minor peeling at the treatment site for a few days following the procedure.
What can I expect after having a chemical peel?
Patients may experience slight pinkness to the skin for a day or two and possibly minor flaking or sloughing of the superficial dermis. Chemical peels enhance the texture and overall appearance while minimizing pore size without any surface proof of the procedure. To see the best results, patients often need a series of chemical peel treatments in short succession followed by a maintenance treatment every one to three months.
Am I a good candidate for a chemical peel?
If you have a dull, aged complexion and are hoping to correct any of the following skin woes, you may be a good candidate for a chemical peel:
- Age spots
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Freckles and dark patches
- Irregular pigmentation
- Rough skin and scaly patches
- Crow’s feet
- Mild acne scarring
- Sun damaged skin
It’s also important to note what a chemical peel will not treat. This includes:
- Severe facial lines and folds
- Broken capillaries
- Deep scars
- Loose or sagging skin
While these are good guidelines, the best way to know if a chemical peel is right for you is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Shumway.
Reveal a beautiful, radiant complexion with a chemical peel!
At Shumway Cosmetic Surgery in San Diego, we’re proud to offer MicroPeel® treatments to patients hoping to rejuvenate their skin for a tighter, more youthful complexion. Dr. Shumway evaluates each patient individually to determine the appropriate blend of chemicals and performs each peel personally. To schedule your free consultation with Dr. Shumway, give us a call at (858) 587-2640.