Chemical Peels can be light, medium, or deep, and aren't as daunting as many people think.
Chemical. Peel. Those are two words that can sound pretty intense when paired together. So it’s no wonder you may be concerned that you’ll leave the procedure looking more like a victim than a client.
But while it’s important to realize that all chemical peels carry some risks, it’s actually a very safe procedure when performed by qualified, experienced professionals including our Elan Experts.
How it works.
Chemical solutions are carefully applied to your skin to improve the texture by removing damaged outer layers. The chemicals used are phenol, trichloroacetic acid and alphahydroxy acids. Each one has a different purpose. The formula used by your doctor or clinician will be adjusted to meet your particular needs.
Chemical peels are offered at three different treatment levels – Light, Medium and Deep.
Light Chemical Peels offer subtle improvements that bring about a healthy glow with multiple treatments (once a month). A light peel will help combat uneven pigment, dryness, acne and fine wrinkling. You are likely to experience some redness, stinging, skin crusting and irritation from a light chemical peel. After repeated treatments these side effects will likely subside.
Medium Chemical Peels reveal noticeably smoother, fresher-looking skin in as little as one treatment. A medium peel will help lessen the appearance of scars, deeper wrinkles and uneven skin color.
When trichloroacetic acid is used in a medium chemical peel, you’ll experience some redness, stinging and skin crusting just like a light chemical peel. And although these chemicals won’t bleach your skin, you may see some color changes. You’re advised to avoid the sun for several months to protect that fresh new layer of skin
Deep Chemical Peels offer dramatic results after the first treatment but recovery time is longer. If you have deeper facial wrinkles, skin that’s damaged by the sun, scars, areas that appear blotchy or even pre-cancerous growths, deep facial chemical peels might be the right choice for you. Be warned: These peels will result in peeling, redness and discomfort for several days and may require painkillers to keep you comfortable. Your skin may be red for up to three months. One treatment with a deep peel will produce results that can last up to 10 years.
Consult your doctor or an Elan Expert for a full report on the special considerations and risks at each level of treatment.
What can’t a peel do?
Chemical peels cannot treat deep facial lines, tighten loose or sagging skin, stimulate collagen production, remove broken capillaries, change pore size or remove deep scars.
Chemical Peels are not a good option for you if you have a history of skin scarring, abnormal pigmentation, Afro-Caribbean or Asian skin, facial warts, red hair or pale freckled skin or have used acne treatments within the last year.
It’s always wise to carefully consider options and the side-effects before receiving a treatment. Consult your doctor or an Elan Expert to find out if this is a viable treatment for you.