What is a Chemical Peel?Posted on May 5, 2018
Aging, wind, sun exposure, and genetic factors, can lead to facial skin appearing rough, dull, and wrinkled. Chemical peels are a non cosmetic surgery procedure to address these problems and restore dazzling, younger looking skin.
A chemical peel resurfaces the topmost layer of the skin through the peeling action of individualized chemical treatment.
The chemical peel provider will suggest a particular type and strength of the peel dependent on the condition of the patient’s facial skin. Advanced or more potent peels can help to achieve deeper and more sustainable outcomes. Dignified board certified female plastic surgeon Dr. Kristi Hustak provides chemical peels to patients in Houston, Texas and other cities and towns in this region of the nation.
When to Choose a Chemical Peel Treatment?
Individuals with the following facial skin issues may consider a chemical peel treatment, if they want to avoid facial plastic surgery:
- Fine lines and minor facial wrinkles
- Damaged facial skin because of wind and sun exposure
- Discolored or blotchy facial skin, or brown spots on the face
- Uneven facial skin surface due to scars
- Precancerous skin growths on the facial skin
At the time of initial consultation, the treatment provider will determine the patient’s candidacy for chemical peels. Patients should compare the treatment with other non-surgical aesthetic facial rejuvenation options before making a final choice.
If the patient has minor imperfections on their facial skin warranting mild treatment, they may consider superficial or light chemical peels. These chemical peels are effective on all skin types with negligible risk of complications. Superficial peels involve a milder type of glycolic acid. They do not entail any downtime and the healing is rapid.
Medium chemical peels can be administered as an in-office treatment but will entail some downtime. Medium peels commonly contain TCA as a peeling agent. This will penetrate the skin deeper relative to a superficial peel.
In medium peels, the discomfort and pain are insignificant, but flaking and peeling will happen over the following days to reveal brighter, more youthful skin. The patient may use makeup in around a week as sufficient healing would have happened.
Deep or advanced chemical peels offer the most robust treatment. The dermatologist will choose the right candidates for this treatment who are considering major skin enhancement in a minimally invasive manner. Deep chemical peels usually contain higher concentrations of TCA. This helps remove the uppermost layer of the skin.
New skin will emerge in around 2 weeks after a deep chemical peel procedure. The patient will have to budget for the downtime of almost 2 weeks away from their workplace and social engagements. In around 3 weeks, the facial redness will start to subside. Over a few months, dramatic improvements will be noticeable as the outcomes establish fully.
Sustainability of Outcomes
The outcomes of deeper chemical peels are long lasting. However, the patient will need to get periodical treatments for superficial peels for prolonged results. Successful female cosmetic surgeon Dr. Kristi Hustak receives patients from Houston, Texas and nearby areas in this tremendous part of the southwest for chemical peel treatment.
For more information on procedures and treatments provided by board certified female plastic surgeon Dr. Kristi Hustak please call us to schedule a consultation at 713.322.7265 or click here. Offices in Houston, Texas.