Chemical peels can greatly reduce skin-surface impurities and imperfections, like poor texture and dry skin. A chemical peel with plastic surgeon Beth Collins MD in Guilford, CT is a popular treatment, and appropriate for many skin types.
Who Should Get a Chemical Peel?
If you experience any of the following skin conditions, you may be an ideal candidate for a chemical peel:
- Poor skin texture
- Dull complexion
- Rough or dry skin
- Acne and other blemishes
- Hyper or hypo pigmentation
People with many skin types can benefit from a chemical peel. Areas most often treated by a chemical peel include the face, neck and chest.
What Does a Chemical Peel Do?
A chemical peel transforms the outer layers of skin by removing them and revealing fresh skin beneath. Composed of beta-hydroxy and alpha-hydroxy acids, chemical peels can be designed in varying concentrations and formulas to match different skin types and conditions in a short procedure with little to no downtime.
The chemical peel procedure itself can take as little as 15 minutes and is performed in your plastic surgeon’s office. After your skin has been thoroughly cleansed, the solution is applied to the treatment area, where it is left for several minutes to work. Depending on your skin type and condition, more than one treatment may be necessary to achieve your desired results.
After a Chemical Peel: What Should I Expect?
Though you can expect little to no downtime following a chemical peel, you will likely experience some temporary flaking of dry skin as the fresh layers of skin below are revealed. Your plastic surgeon may also prescribe an at-home regimen for you to follow to support healing of your skin. You can resume your normal routine, however, but should wear sun block to avoid excessive sunlight exposure.
Related Procedures and Chemical Peel Alternatives
While a chemical peel is one of the most popular non-invasive treatments to rid your skin of surface impurities, we also offer microdermabrasion treatments that work with tiny crystals to slough away dead, dull surface cells and allow fresh, vibrant skin to emerge. If you have acne scarring or skin growths, a dermabrasion procedure may be another alternative to consider.
We encourage you to contact the Guilford practice of plastic surgeon Dr. Beth Collins to find out more about non-invasive treatments like chemical peels to improve the appearance of your skin. Use our online contact form or call 203-689-5295.