Skin Exfoliation with Chemical Peeling
Exfoliation is the removal of dead skin cells and typically involves removing the topmost layers of skin, for they contain the oldest cells. Facials almost always include exfoliation as one of their steps. Common methods of exfoliation include microdermabrasion and chemical peels.
What is Chemical Peeling?
A chemical peel is a treatment in which a chemical is applied to the skin. It causes the skin to peel off and thus reveals younger and healthier skin. The chemicals used vary in strength and thus have different effects. Chemical peels can be applied to the face, neck and hands.
Types of Chemical Peels
Chemical peels are categorized according to the strength of the chemical used. While stronger chemical peels can correct more problems, they also require longer recovery periods and are more likely to cause discomfort.
Superficial or light chemical peels are the mildest type, and they can be used on all skin types. Superficial peels are outpatient procedures, and they do not require anesthesia. Most patients can resume their normal activities immediately after a superficial chemical peel. There is usually only minimal peeling, and the recovery time is quick.
A medium peel is slightly more intense. The treated skin will darken and then start to peel off. Recovery takes about a week.
Deep peels are the strongest chemical peels. Since they can be the most uncomfortable, the patient will likely be given an anesthetic of some type. Only small areas are treated at a time. Deep peels are only done on the face.
What Does the Procedure Involve?
The patient will consult with our medical professional about possible types of chemical peeling. Our specialist may apply the chosen chemical to a “test spot” to see what the results will probably be.
The patient will usually begin preparing for the treatment about two or three weeks beforehand to make sure the skin is clean and healthy. During the chemical peel itself, our specialist will apply the chosen chemical to the treatment area. The chemical will be left on the treatment site for a set amount of time and then it is removed.
Schedule Your Appointment Today
Located in Novi, the Colton Center for Facial Cosmetic Surgery offers chemical peels and laser abrasion as effective ways of skin exfoliation. When you come in for your consultation, we will review your unique situation and determine together which treatment option is best for you. Contact our office today to schedule your appointment.