Understanding How Chemical Peels Work

Understanding How Chemical Peels Work

Chemical peels aren’t new—in fact, dermatologists have been using the procedure for more than 50 years! If you’re struggling with skin issues, a chemical peel may be a safe, well-understood way to correct them. 

At AdvancedMD Aesthetics of Atlanta in Marietta, Georgia, we offer numerous procedures to improve the appearance of your skin. Dr. Maki Rheaume often suggests a chemical peel for our patients, because it has an excellent safety record, can be tailored to suit your needs, and can become a part of your regular skin care routine. 

Your skin and a chemical peel

When you have a chemical peel, we use chemicals to cause slight trauma to your skin. The injured layer of skin peels away, which sounds terrible but is good because it reveals a layer of healthy, fresh, new skin. 

The chemicals we use depend on your skin, your goal, and which type of peel you’re having. We offer three: superficial, medium, and deep. Each one has benefits and drawbacks, and Dr. Rheaume suggests the best type for you based on numerous factors such as your issue, your goal, your skin type, and others. 

How a chemical peel helps

Your skin is constantly regenerating, but it’s just a few cells at a time. The years of sun exposure, environmental damage, and other harmful experiences remain visible. 

When you have a chemical peel, the layer of skin that shows all that damage is removed. This means that fine lines, discoloration, and even acne scars can be corrected. It’s like peeling away years of skin damage. 

The three types of chemical peels

The three types of chemical peels differ in some important ways, including what kinds of results you can expect, the length of recovery time you’re likely to need, and how often you can repeat the procedure. 

A superficial chemical peel removes just the outermost layer of your skin. It usually takes much less time to perform than the other two types and offers a chance to incrementally improve your appearance. You may have some redness or slight swelling afterward, but you can largely return to your normal activities. 

A medium chemical peel removes the outermost layer of skin, plus some of the middle layer, or dermis. You need a bit more time to recover following a medium peel, from one to two weeks. You can expect some swelling and perhaps blistering. Your skin will crust over and peel off. 

A deep chemical peel removes layers even deeper. You’re likely to need pretreatment before a deep peel, perhaps for as long as eight weeks. You will also need plenty of recovery time. Prior to the procedure, Dr. Rheaume provides specific instructions and describes what you should expect afterward. 

A superficial peel can become a regular part of your skin care routine, and you may even schedule a series of appointments right from the beginning. A medium peel can also be repeated at longer intervals to maintain your look. A deep peel is a one-time event and is best for deep wrinkles or to treat precancerous growths. 

If you’d like to find out if a chemical peel is the best approach to reach your skin goals, schedule an appointment at AdvancedMD Aesthetics of Atlanta today. Dr. Rheaume can make treatment suggestions after an evaluation and consultation. 

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