Aging, sun exposure, and acne can all have a negative effect on your skin, creating scarring, dark spots, fine lines, and uneven skin texture. On the bright side, there are plenty of options to help your skin feel fresh, tight, and youthful again. One popular solution is chemical peels. Chemical peels are acidic treatments that remove the outer layers of damaged skin, revealing bright, healthy skin underneath. If you'd like to achieve smoother, younger-looking skin, a chemical peel at Altos Oaks Plastic Surgery may be an ideal option for you. We offer a full range of options to meet every need, whether you need a light, moderate or deep peel.
What Is a Chemical Peel?
Chemical peels are skin care treatments that remove damaged outer layers of skin on the face to achieve a healthy, youthful appearance. A chemical peel can remove blemishes and provide a smooth skin texture. Aesthetic needs and skin quality varies from person to person, so every skin peel is customized to meet the patient's unique needs.
What Are the Types of Chemical Peels to Choose From?
Chemical peels range in depth, from superficial to deep. Our Salicylic acid options from Jan Marini's Marini Peel System are the lightest peel and only target the outermost layer of skin. A glycolic acid peel, on the other hand, penetrates deep into the skin at the reticular dermis layer. The trichloroacetic acid (TCA) peel falls in the middle, which achieves a medium depth. The depth of your peel decides how severe the peel will be. The deeper the peel, the more significant the results and the more downtime you will have, as your face will be recovering for longer with a deeper peel. Our skin care specialists will work with you to determine which treatment best suits your needs, lifestyle, and skin type.
What Issues Does a Chemical Peel Address?
Our safe and effective chemical peel options are designed to address skin issues such as:
- Uneven pigmentation
- Rough or dry skin
- Age spots
If any of these conditions are making you feel insecure or uncomfortable, you don't have to continue to feel this way. Chemical peels are a minimally invasive, inexpensive treatment to make you love your skin again.
What to Expect from Your Chemical Peel
Chemical peels usually require between 30-45 minutes depending on the type of peel you need. During a typical chemical peel session:
- Step 1: A peel that is best for your skin and particular condition will be chosen.
- Step 2: Your skin will be thoroughly cleaned.
- Step 3: The peel will be applied.
- Step 4: You may experience a brief stinging sensation before the solution is neutralized and rinsed off.
After treatment, it is important to keep your skin moisturized and protected. Use a nice moisturizer or healing ointment, such as Aquaphor, and wear sunscreen daily. The new skin is more susceptible to damage and sunburns. Plus, protecting your skin will make your results last longer and prevent the skin issues that brought you in the first place.
Who Is the Best Candidate for a Chemical Peel?
You are likely a good candidate for a chemical peel if you are generally healthy. It's important to share your medical history with our specialists to ensure your candidacy.
Ideal candidates for chemical peels typically have superficial skin conditions, like minor blemishes, fine lines and wrinkles, and other issues.
The best way to determine if a chemical peel is right for you is to visit our office and meet personally with a specialist. We will discuss your goals, assess your skin, and explain all of your options.
Discuss Your Chemical Peel Today
We strive to provide cosmetic surgery with a conscience. Every physician at Altos Oaks Plastic Surgery is a board-certified plastic surgeon, so you can rest easy knowing you're in good hands. To learn more about chemical peels or other skin care treatment options, please contact Altos Oaks Plastic Surgery today online or at 650-934-7020. We proudly serve the Silicon Valley and Bay Area, including Palo Alto, Mountain View, San Jose, and San Francisco, CA.