What is a Chemical Peel?

Chemical Peels are the process of removing the old skin to encourage the production of new skin cell. It is a controlled removal process that varies in strength; from the mild acid that peels the superficial layer of the skin to a Phenol peel that enters the profound layer of the skin. This process involves the application of a product on the entire layer of our face or a particular area.

What Are the Types of Chemical Peels?

What defines the various different types of chemical peels are the strength and ingredients. Their strength can also determine several factors such as their application or how long they should remain on the surface of your face. There are at least two types of Chemical peels; Light-Medium Peel and Deep Peel.

Light-Medium Peel- the Light-Medium Peel can be separate into two types; the AHA and the TCA. AHA is the more common superficial types of chemical peels such as the product that contains glycolic acid. On a mild case, a single application will give you a glowing and radiant skin appearance. A continuous treatment will provide you with an improved texture. Some of the chemical peel benefits include the reduction of the visibility of wrinkles, fine lines, and the sun-damaged skin. This type of peeling is usually done in the office of the surgeon. You will not be compelled to have anesthesia. TCA (trichloracetic Acid) on the other hand, is typically used for the clearing of pigmentation and fine wrinkles. It is also highly recommended when peeling the skin of a particular area due to their controlled bleaching impact.

Deep Peel- For the rough and sun-damaged skin, phenol peel is the more preferred type of chemical peels. It has a severe bleaching effect that may be a problem if you are only using it on a particular spot. You will be compelled to put a light make-up in order to match the skin color of your entire face.

Who Are the Ideal Candidates for Chemical Peel?

People suffering from the following condition may be a good candidate for Chemical Peel treatment.

Mild scar due to the past injury.
Chicken pox or acne scarring
Pre-cancerous skin condition
Fine wrinkles located that upper eyelid
Crow feet
Vertical wrinkle located at the mouth area
Sun –damaged wrinkled skin

What Are the Things That I Should Ask During Consultation?

Aside from the physical examination and the analysis of medical history, the consultation is the proper time for you to ask certain questions. Furthermore, Dr. Sheffield will examine your medical history and evaluate your skin’s condition. You may ask the treatment approach that the doctor will use for your specific treatment. During the medical analysis, you should also ask if chemical peeling will expose you to more risk. This largely has to do with your skin type and thickness.

How Do I Prepare for the Chemical Peel?

Before the treatment, Dr. Sheffield will put you in a pre-treatment process wherein you will be obliged to regularly apply gel, cream or lotion for a predetermined length of time. Some oral medication may also be necessary before the treatment. The resurfacing therapy can be conducted in the office environment.

After treatment, it is highly recommended to avoid a direct exposure from the sun until the redness subsides. You should also put sunscreen for your chemical peel aftercare.

Schedule a Consultation Today

Interested to know more about Chemical Peels? Wondering if you are an ideal candidate for the procedure? Schedule your consultation today!  Call Dr. Sheffield at our Santa Barbara office (805) 318-3280


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