If you’re bothered by dull skin, acne scars, signs of aging, and other skin imperfections, you may benefit from a chemical peel. At Southside Dermatology in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Alison Fischer, MD, and Robert Fischer, MD, provide customized chemical peel treatments to improve your skin and help you feel confident in your appearance. Call the practice today or schedule a consultation online to learn about your chemical peel options and start your journey toward clear, beautiful skin.
A chemical peel is a treatment that uses a chemical solution to enhance the appearance of your skin. The chemicals trigger a deep exfoliation that causes the top layer of old, dry skin to peel away, revealing fresh new skin underneath. Chemical peels are used on your face, neck, and hands.
At Southside Dermatology, Dr. Alison Fischer and Dr. Robert Fischer provide three strengths of chemical peels:
A superficial peel is the lightest type of a chemical peel and is sometimes referred to as a lunchtime facial. Your dermatologist uses a mild alpha hydroxy acid that gently exfoliates the outer layer of skin. It reduces skin discoloration and rough texture.
A medium peel is a slightly stronger treatment that penetrates into the middle layers of your skin and typically uses glycolic or trichloroacetic acid. The exfoliation is deeper and reduces the appearance of skin imperfections such as age spots, fine lines, and moderate skin discoloration.
Deep chemical peels use stronger acids like trichloroacetic acid or phenol to stimulate extreme exfoliation in the middle layers of your skin. Deep chemical peels remove old and damaged skin cells and reduce moderate fine lines and wrinkles, age spots, shallow scarring, and more. You can have deep chemical peels infrequently, but they provide dramatic improvements in your appearance.
A chemical peel is similar to a facial. You relax on a comfortable treatment bed while your doctor cleanses your skin and applies the chemical solution. You may experience a stinging sensation, depending on the strength of the peel you choose. The chemicals may stay on your skin for as little as 3-5 minutes or for an hour or more depending on your choice.
After a chemical peel, your skin appears to blister before peeling away. The amount of peeling you experience depends on the strength of your treatment. For example, deep peels take 3-4 weeks to heal completely, and you need to wear bandages for up to two weeks following your treatments.
Your skin is especially sensitive to the sun after a chemical peel, and you must take care to avoid sun exposure. Wear sunscreen and broad-brimmed hats if you must go outside.
Your dermatologist provides specific aftercare instructions including recommended products to keep your skin clean and moisturized as the old layers of skin peel away.
Call Southside Dermatology today or schedule an appointment online to discover how chemical peels can help you look your best.