It’s no secret that cosmetic treatments are exploding in popularity right now. More people are turning to procedures to heal their skin, fix their blemishes, and appear more youthful. You may be familiar with facial fillers and BOTOX injections, but what about chemical peels? Dustin C. Derrick, MD is the leading plastic surgeon at Cosmetic Surgery of DFW for chemical peels and Mommy Makeovers in Fort Worth, TX. He and his knowledgeable staff encourage you to learn more about the benefits of the chemical peel.
What are Chemical Peels?
A chemical peel is a type of skin treatment in which we use some form of a chemical in a solution to apply to your skin, which removes a portion of it. This stimulates your body’s natural production of skin tissue and collagen to help minimize problems like sun damage, signs of aging, and scars. There are different strengths of peels available, depending upon your needs. Peels are classified as light, medium, and deep. They are further categorized by their ingredients, strength of concentration, and penetration depth.
What are Light Peels Used For?
A light chemical peel is typically used as a form of gentle exfoliation to brighten the complexion, improve enlarged pores, and minimize light wrinkles and scars. Glycolic and lactic acid are two popular mild acid choices for light peels. One consideration with this type of peel is that its gentle nature can mean that you need multiple treatments. Light peels remove the buildup of dead skin cells and cellular debris that can block your skin’s natural radiance.
What are Medium Peels?
Medium chemical peels are treatments for skin conditions like light scars, superficial wrinkles, and blemishes. TCA is a popular choice as the ingredient in many medium peels. A medium peel may sometimes require sedation and a bit of downtime.
What is a Deep Peel Used For?
Deep peels are an aggressive form of treatment that is used to correct deep wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, blemishes, and deep scars caused by acne, surgery, or trauma. This type of peel is normally only used once and will involve sedation and significant downtime. You will need to set aside some time to let your skin heal and remodel from this powerful treatment.
How Should I Care for My Skin After My Chemical Peel?
Your recovery time can take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks, depending upon what type of peel you had performed. Most peels have an average recovery time of about one week. Since your skin will be somewhat dry after your treatment, it is important to remain hydrated by drinking plenty of water. Avoid activities that could lead to excessive perspiration. Do not vigorously massage or abrade the treatment area in any way.
Contact Us for More Information
If you would like to learn more about what chemical peels can do for you, we warmly invite you to reach out and make an appointment with Cosmetic Surgery of DFW. If you have any questions about chemical peels or other options such as the Mommy Makeover and would like to schedule a consultation with Dustin C. Derrick, MD at Cosmetic Surgery of DFW, give us a call at (817) 562-7979!