Acne, sun damage, and fine lines are common skin concerns that can make you look and feel older beyond your true years. Medical-grade peels are non-invasive cosmetic treatments that rejuvenate the skin and reduce signs of aging to result in smoother, brighter skin. Here’s how a medical peel works, and how to determine whether you’re an ideal candidate for this modern and effective cosmetic procedure.
What Are Medical-Grade Peels?
A medical peel, also known as a face peel or chemical peel, is a solution applied to your face that contains one or more active ingredients that improve certain skin conditions. Alpha hydroxy acid, trichloroacetic acid, carbolic acid, and salicylic acid are among some of the most common active ingredients in medical peels. A medical peel exfoliates the skin to remove dead skin cells that may be contributing to acne, freckles, light scarring, and various other conditions.
This treatment is administered by qualified medical estheticians who can examine your skin and select a chemical peel best suited to your skin based on factors such as its color, texture, and elasticity. Phenol peels and higher-grade medical peels that use carbolic acid are the most intense type of medical peels and usually require general anesthesia. When choosing a medical peel treatment provider, make sure staff members are licensed, professionally trained, and experienced with administering injections and chemical peels.
What Are the Benefits of Medical Peels?
Medical peels offer a number of healthful benefits for those who wish to achieve younger-looking skin. Medical peels stimulate collagen and healthy skin cell growth to clear skin and target signs of aging, including:
- Dead skin cells
- Fine lines
- Light scarring
- Dark spots
- Age spots
- Uneven skin tone
- Acne and acne scars
This non-invasive, non-surgical cosmetic treatment is an alternative to laser therapy and can be safely performed in-office within 30 to 90 minutes. Patients who receive this treatment can benefit from clearer, tighter skin that helps them look and feel more youthful. Medical peels also improve the efficacy of skincare products by removing dead skin cell buildup that may have been preventing skin from absorbing active ingredients that promote smooth, soft skin.
What Can I Expect After a Medical Peel Treatment?
After medical peel treatment, your skin will start to peel within 48 hours as though you’ve suffered a sunburn. Your skin may shed for between three to 10 days afterward, depending on the strength of the medical peel and on the amount of dead skin cells that were exfoliated. You may also experience some redness followed by rough scaling; however, this is completely normal and part of the skin’s healing and rejuvenation process.
If you’ve had a high-grade “heavy-duty” medical peel, your esthetician may suggest wearing bandages for a few days to reduce swelling. You will also be instructed to avoid direct sun exposure to protect your newly sensitive and smooth skin, as well as makeup to reduce the risk of irritation and infection.
Who Are Ideal Candidates for a Medical Peel?
Ideal candidates for a medical peel are those who wish to turn back the clock and rejuvenate their skin without surgery or other invasive treatments. Any man or woman who wants to eliminate blemishes like acne scars or fine lines to achieve clearer skin may benefit greatly from a chemical peel.
If you’ve decided to have medical peel treatment, quit smoking for at least two weeks before your procedure and stop using acne medications, which can interfere with treatment and compromise your results. Also, schedule time off work for several days following your procedure to allow your skin to fully heal, if you think you may feel self-conscious about redness and peeling.
Medical-Grade Peels in Scottsdale
Beverly Hills Rejuvenation Center in Scottsdale offers a wide selection of medical-grade peels that can be customized for both women and men. Book an appointment with us online or call us at (480) 306-7766 to learn more about our medical peels and other anti-aging treatments.