Comparing the Types of Chemical Peels: Which One is Right for You?

If you are looking for a great, noninvasive procedure that can brighten and rejuvenate your face, you may want to consider a chemical peel. Chemical peels can help with a number of skin issues, including:

  • Sun damage
  • Acne and acne scars
  • Spots/freckles
  • Fine lines/wrinkles
  • Skin brightening
  • Pigmentation issues

About Chemical Peels

As we age, skin rejuvenation can slow down. You skin can start looking dull as dead skin cells start to accumulate and/or wrinkles and fine lines begin to appear. Chemical peels can help by removing dead skin cells and stimulating new cell growth, which then provides a fresher, more youthful glow to the skin. There are often times where chemical peels are performed along with other cosmetic procedures to provide improved tone and texture, along with a completely rejuvenated look.

Types of Chemical Peels

Essentially, there are three different types of chemical peels: light, medium, and heavy/deep. Each type uses a chemical solution to remove the dead skin cells and stimulate cell rejuvenation at different skin depths. The type of solution used will depend upon your individual needs. Either a single chemical such as glycol, hydroquinone, or trichloracetic acid will be used, or a combination.

There is usually no need to numb the skin, unless you are undergoing a deep peel. The chemical solution is applied, after which the dead skin will start “peeling” away. During the procedure, you will feel either a warm or cool sensation, along with a slight stinging.

After the Procedure

The after effects you experience will depend upon the level of intensity of your chemical peel. Mild chemical peels will usually generate some mild redness and scaling. Medium and deep peels can produce a sunburn-like appearance and some blistering and peeling. All of these effects are completely normal for chemical peels.

At St. Louis Laser Liposuction Center, we offer all types of chemical peels. During your consultation, we will examine your skin and discuss the results you desire. We will determine the very best level of chemical peel for you. Also, we will discuss possible additional procedures that may be done along with the peel so that you get the very best results possible.