Chemical Peels Treatment in Coral Gables, Florida

woman getting a chemical peel treatment on her face

What is a chemical peel?

A chemical facial peel is a type of dermatological procedure that involves applying a specific type of chemical solution on your face. The solution causes the skin’s outermost layer to peel away, leaving behind a more youthful looking layer of skin. You may be a good candidate for a chemical peel if you are concerned about any of the following facial cosmetic concerns:

  • Acne
  • Sun spots
  • Wrinkles
  • Scars/acne scars
  • Rougher skin
  • Age spots
  • Dark areas of the face
  • Fine lines
  • Crow’s feet
  • Mouth wrinkles

Are chemical peels safe?

Many people wonder whether chemical peels are bad for the skin. Chemical peels have been shown to be safe when used properly and performed by a skilled dermatologist. Visit one of our knowledgeable staff members at the Florida Academic Dermatology Center to learn more about the safety and benefits of chemical peels, and to find out if you’re a good candidate for the treatment.

What are the different types of chemical peels?

There are three main types of chemical peels, which each have numerous brands associated with them. Depending on the extent of skin damage you have and your skin type, your dermatologist may recommend one of these to help restore your skin’s youthful look and feel.

Superficial Chemical Peel

A superficial chemical peel only affects the very outer layer of your skin and uses a very mild chemical solution. While this kind of peel is popular because it is the least harsh on your skin, it also is limited. A superficial facial chemical peel can only reverse the appearance of minor skin imperfections and blemishes.

Medium Chemical Peel

A medium chemical peel goes a bit further than the superficial peel, reaching all the way through the outer layer and into the middle layer of skin. This causes more damage to the skin cells but also stimulates the skin to replace more cells. Often, patients opt for a medium chemical peel if they would like to see a more dramatic result.

Deep Chemical Peel

As the name suggests, a deep chemical peel uses a solution that can reach the deepest layers of your skin out of the three types of chemical peels. A deep peel might be used if a patient has very deep scarring, wrinkles, or damage to the skin.

Are chemical peels good for your skin?

When performed correctly, chemical peels can result in positive skin changes, including a more youthful appearance, reduced signs of aging, and improved look and feel of the skin. However, there are some possible side effects that you should discuss with your dermatologist before having a chemical peel. These include:

  • Redness
  • Scarring
  • Peeling
  • Infections
  • Other complications

How long do you peel after a chemical peel?

After the chemical peel treatment is over, your skin will turn red and peel. This is normal and usually goes on for about 2 weeks. As the skin peels away, you’ll notice improvements to the tone and youthfulness of the skin below. After a few weeks, the peeling should subside, but you may notice continued redness on your face for several more weeks or even months as your skin continues to heal and improve. Chemical peel results can vary from person to person, so ask your dermatologist what you should expect.

Is it normal not to peel after a chemical peel?

For some, the skin may peel less or not at all after a chemical peel. This does not mean that the treatment is not working. Ask your dermatologist about what you can expect in the weeks following your chemical peel, as your experience will be unique to your skin type and the specific kind of chemical peel you and your dermatologist choose to use.

How long do chemical peels last?

Depending on which kind of chemical peel you undergo, the results may last anywhere from 1 month to several months. Follow up with your dermatologist to learn more about how often you can have chemical peels and what you can do between chemical peels to ensure the longest-lasting results.

What do you do after a chemical peel?

Follow these three simple rules after your chemical peel to help your skin recover:

1. Use sunscreen and protective clothing to avoid sun exposure
2. Moisturize often to avoid skin dehydration
3. Do not touch your face as much as possible

If you are interested in chemical peel treatment, visit the Florida Academic Dermatology Center, a dermatology and research clinic dedicated to offering the best chemical peel treatment options. Our state-of-the-art facility provides compassionate medical care using world-class, cutting-edge treatments. Call us today at (305) 324-2110 or fill out the form on this page to request an appointment.

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