Chemical Peels Chicago
Thanks to advancing and accessible technology, taking care of your skin is easier than ever before. If you are trying to improve the texture of your skin, chemical peels are an ideal way to do so. You can get a chemical peel on your face, neck or hands to help exfoliate the outer layer of your skin to reveal new, generated skin.
Chemical peels are ideal for treating the following:
- Acne scars
- Age spots
- Crow’s feet
- Aging skin
- Sun-damaged skin
- Sagging/droopy skin
There are three basic types of chemical peels that target different layers of your skin.
- Superficial peel: Just as it sounds, this type of chemical peel penetrates only the outer layer of your skin. A mild acid such as alpha-hydroxy is used to gently exfoliate the outer layer of skin to improve issues such as mild skin discoloration or rough skin. You will leave this facial feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.
- Medium peel: This is the second type of chemical peel that targets both the outer and middle layers of the skin to get rid of the damaged cells. Either glycolic or trichloroacetic acid is utilized. Medium peels are ideal for targeting fine lines, wrinkles or age spots. They can also be used to smooth out rough skin or to treat precancerous skin growths such as actinic keratosis.
- Deep peel: Through the use of trichloroacetic acid or phenol, deep peels penetrate the middle layer of your skin to get rid of damaged cells. Deep peels are ideal for treating moderate age lines, shallow scars, freckles or age spots. Only your face can get a deep peel and the treatment should only be performed one time.
The healing process depends on the type of peel that you receive. For superficial peels, you can expect healing time to be from one to seven days. Lotion or cream is ideal to help provide relief, and makeup can typically be applied the following day.
Medium peels take roughly seven to 14 days to heal, and you can expect some swelling in the first 48 hours. Your skin should also be soaked daily followed by applying ointment. Stay out of the sun until the healing process is complete.
Deep peels require approximately 14-21 days to heal and the treatment area will be bandaged. You will need to soak the treated skin 4-6 times per day followed by applying a thick moisturizer. Sun exposure should be avoided for three to six months.
Schedule a chemical peel with our team at Northwestern Specialists in Plastic Surgery today!