Chemical Peels Beverly Hills
Chemical Peels: An Effective Way to Repair Skin Damage
Human beings need sun. Without sufficient exposure to the sun’s rays, we can develop vitamin D deficiency and bone diseases. Conversely, too much exposure to the sun can cause damage. A mild case of overexposure can cause sunburn. An extreme or long-term case of overexposure to the sun or ultraviolet rays can cause skin damage, sun spots, and more. To effectively deal with such skin damage, we offer numerous chemical peels.
What Is a Chemical Peel?
Chemical peels are solutions that cause skin-cell removal in a controlled manner. The damage caused is superficial and kickstarts a natural healing process of cell growth in the deeper skin layers (epidermis). This growth may also occur from hair follicles that are undamaged. The overall effect of applying the chemical peel is tight and clear skin.
Types of Chemical Peels
Chemical peels are categorized based on the depth of healing required. There are three types of chemical peels: deep, medium, and superficial. The names indicate how deep the peels reach to cause controlled tissue damage and kickstart the healing process.
The composition of the chemical peel solution will differ based on the type of skin damage to be healed. Chemical peels can be made of alpha-hydroxy acids, trichloroacetic acid, beta-hydroxy acids, phenol, and other chemicals.
Over-the-counter chemical peels are also available to apply at home. These peels are not very strong and do not produce the same type of results as professionally applied peels. However, these peels are extremely safe.
There are two main benefits gained by applying chemical peels. First, they restore your skin texture to its former smooth and silky look and feel. Second, you will enjoy a uniform skin tone.
The chemical peel process starts with the application of an acetone or alcohol over the targeted area. This acetone or alcohol acts as a defatting solvent. It needs to be applied uniformly over the targeted area to ensure the chemical peel works effectively.
Next, the peel is applied and left to rest for a set amount of time. Once the allotted time is complete, the process is halted with the aid of a neutralizing agent.
The application of a chemical peel varies in discomfort levels based on the type of chemical peel required. Superficial peels are only accompanied by a slight burning sensation, while deep peels will require the use of anesthetics to help manage the discomfort.
There is no fixed duration for the recovery. The rule of thumb for recovery is that deep peels will take longer to heal than superficial peels. The recovery period will also vary from individual to individual.
Potential Side Effects
Chemical peels need to be carefully applied to see maximum results. If a peel is not applied properly, patients can experience a variety of side effects, including scarring and infections.
Chemical peels are not recommended for all individuals. If the pigment in your skin is on the darker side, try and avoid using chemical peels to treat damaged skin, as certain peels can change your skin tone.
To find out more about chemical peels and what they can do for you, contact our office. You will be able to ask any questions you have during a consultation with Dr. Mehrdad Hassid.