Solutions to correct age-related skin imperfections are plentiful, but sadly, not all of them work. It can be difficult for anyone who’s not a professional dermatologist to determine what treatments are worth your time and money, and which are not.
Dr. Alexis Stephens and the Parkland Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery team know from experience which treatments are the most effective at mitigating the sun damage, scarring, and discoloration we all have by a certain age, primarily on the upper layer of the skin.
Chemical peels are an innovative family of resurfacing treatments, but again, there are so many to choose from, and all enjoy varying degrees of success.
What’s involved in a chemical peel?
The treatment’s name says it all: A chemical solution is applied to your skin that’s gentle enough to not hurt or seriously burn your skin, yet strong enough to make the top layer — and those superficial flaws — peel away.
The result is a brand new top layer of skin that’s markedly brighter and much improved. Chemical peels will::
- Minimize scars
- Smooth wrinkles
- Reduce the appearance of sunspots and other hyperpigmentation
- Improve skin texture and consistency
Dr. Stephens is able to offer you different levels of strength for your chemical peel, which are determined by what types of acids she uses. Superficial peels use the most gentle acids for the procedure, and these penetrate only the uppermost layer of your skin, while medium peels break through that outer layer, and in addition the middle layer, by utilizing more potent acids.
The strongest type of peel is the deep peel, which employs the most powerful acids to reach your deeper layers and go right through the middle layer.
Additional benefits of a chemical peel for your skin and your lifestyle
We’re delighted to offer chemical peels as a skin rejuvenation method here at Parkland because at this point, their effectiveness is undisputed, and they offer a host of other benefits:
- Noninvasive procedure
- Safe treatment
- Comfortable care technique
- Manageable downtime (differs with peel strengths)
- Appropriate treatment for face, hands, or neck
A chemical peel option is a win-win — a single treatment with multiple, measurable positive results that beautifully counter the effects of time and the environment.
After thoroughly analyzing your skin’s current condition and your medical history, Dr. Stephens advises you about which type of chemical peel is best for you and your skin’s needs.
Multiple skin peel options
Dr. Stephens proudly offers both the VI PeelⓇ and Jessner line of peels. The VI Peel works best on fairer skin through medium tones and is especially effective at addressing acne and acnes scars. The treatment also smooths unwelcome lines and works preventively before new wrinkles appear — or softens them if they get worse.
The VII Peel also encourages your skin to build collagen, which is the protein that gives elasticity to your skin.
A Jessner Peel is another premier peel option, and it has been around for over a century! It possesses all the advantages of other peels, but this one is especially successful for those with darker skin tones. This peel eradicates wrinkles and stubborn discoloration, like melasma.
The chemical peel procedure and aftercare
During your peel, you feel a slight stinging sensation, but it's a quick procedure, and immediately after you’re finished, Dr. Stephens applies soothing agents like a compress and cream to your skin.
Swelling, redness, and tightness can happen afterward, but again, Dr. Stephens addresses all these side effects so they remain mild and short-lived. As you heal, you use topical products that your doctor advises, and you should avoid the sun.
Could a chemical peel help you?
A chemical peel is just the “fresh start” your skin might need. Please note that we’re now offering virtual visits and consultations, so you can meet with Dr. Stephens no matter your location. Call our office to schedule an appointment to talk about whether or not you’re a candidate, or book one through our website.