Chemical Peels

Individuals who deeply care about the way they look can probably consider undergoing a chemical peel treatment, especially if they have wrinkles, sun-damaged skin, brown spots, skin discoloration, scars, pre-cancerous skin growths, freckles, acne, acne scars, fine lines, scaly patches, rough skin, irregular skin pigmentation or age spots.

Chemical Peel, which is also called derma peeling or chemexfoliation, is a minimally-invasive (non-surgical) cosmetic procedure wherein the skin’s top layer is made to peel away through the use of chemical solutions. Its purpose is to recapture a person’s youthful looks by treating skin problems and signs of aging for a radiant and healthy appearance.

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) recorded about 1.1 million chemical peel procedures in 2012, making it the third minimally-invasive cosmetic treatment most demanded by Americans. The strength of the solutions used in the procedure varies, each depending on the type of skin problem that needs to be treated and/or the result that needs to be achieved.

The three types of chemical peel procedures and the kind of solution used in each type include:

  • Light chemical peel is a procedure that makes use of a combination of mild chemicals, like alphahydroxy acids and beta hydroxy acids. This procedure, which treats only the skin’s outer layer, or the epidermis, is usually repeated until the desired results show. This is best for individuals with acne, uneven skin pigment or fine wrinkling.
  • Medium chemical peel is the procedure recommended for those who want smoother and fresher looking skin. This procedure, wherein trichloroacetic acid is used (sometimes combined with glycolic acid), treats uneven skin color, deeper wrinkles and acne scars. The chemical solution, being stronger, is intended to remove skin cells from the epidermis and the dermis, which is the upper part of the skin’s middle layer.
  • Deep chemical peel is intended to treat sun-damaged skin, pre-cancerous skin growths, blotchy skin areas, scars and deeper facial wrinkles. Phenol, which is the chemical used in the procedure, is a very strong solution that is meant to penetrate the skin’s lower dermal layer. This procedure usually involves the use of local anesthesia plus a sedative to keep the client from any feeling of discomfort; it may also require the client to undergo up to eight weeks of pre-treatment. Though deep chemical peel requires the longest recovery time, its effects are nothing less than dramatic.

A Des Moines MedSpa can be one of the clinics where chemical peel treatments are performed by highly-trained and well-experienced surgeons, who are board-certified in plastic and reconstructive surgery – a standard of practice recommended by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, as chemical peels are sensitive procedures. And being subjected under the care of an expert, the Des Moines MedSpa can only guarantee clients a brighter complexion, more even skin color, and smoother, much younger-looking skin.