Chemical peels are a non-surgical treatment that can reduce facial imperfections such as fine lines and wrinkles, scars, and discoloration. During treatment, your practitioner will apply a safe chemical solution to your skin. The substance will cause the top layers of damaged tissue to gently slough off, revealing healthy tissue below.
Dr. David Passaretti, M.D., F.A.C.S., offers several types of chemical peels at his Darien, CT, practice. Options include “lunchtime” peels, medium-depth peels, and deep peels. The various treatments differ based on the strength of the chemical solution and the degree to which they penetrate the epidermis and dermis. Dr. Passaretti will help you choose the right peel for you, based on your cosmetic goals, health, and personal preferences.
A light chemical peel is very gentle and involves little discomfort. Therefore, patients can usually return to their normal activities immediately following treatment. For this reason, the procedure is commonly referred to as a “lunchtime peel.” A light peel may be appropriate if you have minor skin blemishes, such as fine lines, small acne scars, or mild sun damage.
To perform the treatment, Dr. Passaretti or a member of his team will apply a mild chemical solution to your skin. Although you will receive a local anesthetic, the treatment does not require general sedation. Your practitioner will leave the solution on your skin for a short amount of time, and the entire process should not last more than an hour. Typically, you will need five to eight light peels to achieve optimal results.
Medium-depth peels use stronger chemicals. Therefore, they are typically appropriate for moderate imperfections. If you want to address wrinkles, scars, sunspots, uneven pigmentation, or circles under your eyes, this type of peel may be right for you.
Your practitioner will apply trichloroacetic acid (TCA) to your skin, leaving it on for the appropriate amount of time. After the medium peel, your skin will become crusty and flake off, typically in three to seven days. You may experience some redness and inflammation, which you can control with mild, non-prescription medication.
The doctor will work with you to determine which type of chemical peel will best rejuvenate your skin to achieve a refreshed and youthful look.
You can resume your normal activities immediately after a medium peel, although redness will persist for about a week. You will likely require several treatments for maximum results, depending upon your skin and its response to treatment.
A deep chemical peel is a more intensive procedure that may be appropriate for significant imperfections. If you have pronounced wrinkles, serious sun damage, or large scars, this treatment may be the right solution. In some cases, a deep chemical peel can even help to remove precancerous growths.
Unlike light and medium peels, a deep peel does not target isolated areas. Instead, your practitioner will treat the entire face. Immediately after a deep peel, a crust will form on your skin, which you will gradually shed over seven to ten days. Redness may persist for two to three months.
Although recovery time from a deep peel is longer than for other types of peels, you will require only one treatment, and you will enjoy dramatic results that may last for years.
To learn more about the various types of chemical peels, contact Dr. Passaretti’s office today.
Whether the doctor recommends a lunchtime, medium, or deep peel, he will work with you to determine which option will best rejuvenate your skin to achieve a refreshed and youthful look.