A chemical peel is a skin-resurfacing procedure that is used to improve the appearance of the skin on the face, neck, or hands. A chemical solution is applied to the skin which causes the skin to blister and eventually the top layers will peel away. The new skin that grows is usually smoother with fewer wrinkles.
Chemical peels are used to treat a variety of skin problems. Knowing the different types of chemical peels is important before deciding which one is right for you. Dr. Evan Ransom at San Francisco Center for Facial Plastic, Reconstructive & Laser Surgery will perform the chemical peel ensuring your goals are met with the easiest recovery possible. The three types of chemical peels are light, medium, and deep.
Light Chemical Peel: This chemical peel removes the outer layer of skin (epidermis). This peel is used to treat fine wrinkles, acne, uneven skin tone, and dryness. A light chemical peel can be done every 2-5 weeks. Recovery time can take 1-7 days to heal.
Medium Chemical Peel: This chemical peel removes skin cells from the epidermis and parts of the upper part of the middle layer of skin (dermis). This peel is used to treat wrinkles, acne scars, and uneven skin tone. A medium chemical peel can be repeated after 3-9 months to maintain results. Recovery time can take 7-14 days to heal.
Deep Chemical Peel: This chemical peel removes skin cells from the epidermis and from parts of the mid to lower layer of the dermis. This peel is used for deeper wrinkles, scars, or precancerous growths. A deep chemical peel can only be performed once. Recovery time can take 14-21 days to heal.
If you are in the Bay area, call Dr. Ransom today to schedule a consultation to discuss which skin-resurfacing procedure is right for you.
Posted on behalf of San Francisco Center for Facial Plastic, Reconstructive & Laser Surgery