Want smoother, younger-looking skin? DC Derm Docs offer chemical peels, also called chemexfoliation or derma peeling, as skin rejuvenation procedures that help even skin tone and minimize age lines or spots. They also reduce the appearance of acne scars, freckles, patchy or irregular skin, and damage caused by overexposure to the sun. A chemical peel is one of the least invasive ways to enhance the appearance of your skin and boost your confidence. While most commonly used on the face, chemical peels can also be used on other body areas such as the neck, hands, chest, back, and shoulders to make them look equally youthful.
Chemical peels are medical acids that are carefully applied to remove several layers of damaged skin cells, revealing fresh skin underneath that is more even in surface and color. New collagen is also triggered to form so the skin appears to have a better, tighter texture. There are several types and concentrations of chemical peels depending on your particular needs.
Light chemical peels are the most modest of choices and can be performed weekly. They are ideal for less severe damage such as dryness or uneven pigmentation. While results aren’t immediate, your skin will look healthier over time. Light chemical peels last for about 10 minutes and patients report only a slight stinging sensation.
Medium chemical peels affect more than just the outer layer of skin and are best for getting rid of scarring and deep wrinkles. The solution is only applied for a couple of minutes and may result in skin appearing red for several days after the peel. Medium chemical peels can be repeated once every 6 to 12 months as desired.
Deep chemical peels deal with the severest of sun-damage, blotching, and scarring cases. Even pre-cancerous growths can be treated. Deep peels often require pretreatment before the procedure to prep the skin as well as local anesthetic or sedatives for pain management. While recovery can take up to 2 weeks, results are most obvious and last the longest (up to 10 years).