At Years Younger MD, we have light and medium-depth chemical peels. You can find out more about our light chemical peels on our Facials page.
Acne scars, deeper wrinkles and uneven skin color can all be treated with a medium chemical peel. The chemicals used for this type of peel will remove skin cells from both the outer layer of skin (epidermis) and upper part of your middle layer of skin (dermis). Agents frequently used for medium depth chemical peeling include TCA (trichloroacetic acid), Jessner's solution and glycolic acid.
When the chemical exfoliant sits on the skin, it causes controlled damage to the epidermis. Controlled damage brings on the regenerative changes that are needed to improve texture and tone. The degree of tissue penetration and intensity of the inflammatory response to a medium-depth peel is moderate. This technique is strong enough to diminish fine lines and improve the overall vitality of the skin but gentle enough to undergo a few times a year.
Most chemical peels take no more than an hour to complete. After cleansing the skin, the chemical solution is applied with a small applicator until the entire treatment area is covered. The chemical exfoliant usually remains on the skin for no more than 15 minutes. Several layers may be necessary. A slight burning or tingling sensation may be felt for 5 to 10 minutes before a neutralizing agent is applied. After the solution is removed, ointment may be applied to immediately promote the healing process.
After the peel, the most significant side effects revolve around appearance. The skin will appear red and will begin to flake and peel after a few days. Swelling may also occur. While comfort is typically not a problem, patients often schedule a week to 10 days off to allow skin to return to its normal tone and texture. As the chemical peel removes dead and damaged cells, it is crucial to follow post-treatment instructions pertaining to cleansing and moisturizing the skin. UV protection is also a must, which is why winter is a great time to schedule this treatment.
People often consider doing one of these peels at home, but it is imperative that you have the experience you need to know when the peel should be neutralized, otherwise you could end up with scarring and/or hyperpigmentation. Having a peel done in a medical spa setting is much safer, and we can give you the information on how to properly care for your skin after your procedure.
Why would you want to go through a medium-depth chemical peel? Because this protocol can refine your pores, brighten your skin, and reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles. Schedule your free consultation today!