A Chemical Peel Can Restore a Smooth, Supple Texture
For the right candidates, a chemical peel can address a number of skin-related concerns including acne scars and hyperpigmentation. It can also reduce the appearance of crow's feet and wrinkles around the nose and mouth.
There are three depths of peels, and the right one for you will depend on the condition of your skin. A light peel can treat mild concerns like shallow scars, while a medium or deep peel can virtually eliminate larger spots and fine lines.
Patients who choose other non-invasive treatments may have to undergo multiple sessions to achieve their desired outcome. One medium to deep peel, on the other hand, is often enough to produce dramatic results.
How common are chemical peels?
Over 100,000 Patients Benefited from Chemical Peels in 2017
This sounds great, but is a chemical peel affordable?
Improving Your Skin is an Investment
The average price of a chemical peel is $545 according to the American Society of Plastic Surgery, which excludes facility fees, anesthesia, and other related costs. Though chemical peels are not covered by insurance, some doctors offer financing plans to assist with out-of-pocket expenses.
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So what does a chemical peel entail?
Understanding the Chemical Peel Process
Before undergoing a chemical peel, you should stop taking certain medications and refrain from applying topical creams and gels such as Retin-A, Renova, and glycolic acid. Your doctor may also prescribe antibiotics to prevent infection as well as pain medication.
The first step involves cleaning your skin thoroughly with a gentle cleanser. If you are receiving a deep peel, the doctor may also apply a local anesthetic. Once your skin is prepared, the doctor will apply a chemical solution, such as glycolic acid, salicylic acid, or lactic acid to the skin. It is common to feel a burning or stinging sensation during this process.
Over the next three to 14 days, your skin will begin to peel and slough off. You may also experience swelling and blisters. It is important to minimize sun exposure for several months following a chemical peel, as your skin will be especially sensitive.
Is a chemical peel the only way to make my skin look younger?
You Have Options
When performed properly, a chemical peel is a safe and effective way to improve the appearance of skin. If you are interested in a less invasive alternative, you may consider microdermabrasion, which is ideal for mild concerns like shallow scars and fine lines. If you wish to address more significant issues, such as skin laxity or deep wrinkles, a face lift, brow lift, or dermal filler may be the best course of action.
You deserve to feel great about your skin. If you are unhappy with the way your skin looks or feels, talk to your doctor to find out whether a chemical peel is right for you.
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