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Are Chemical Peels an Appropriate Treatment for You?

By Sheryl Pilcher on February 20, 2016

Young woman with beautiful skinChemical peels can reduce skin blemishes to give you an overall younger, fresher, and more rejuvenated look. A mild chemical solution will cause the top layers of skin to slough off, reducing wrinkles and other mild to moderate damage. As the tissues peel away, you will be left with smoother, undamaged skin. If you are considering various cosmetic treatments, you may be wondering whether you are a candidate for a chemical peel. At Accent Plastic Surgery, we offer safe superficial chemical peels, or light peels, which are suitable for a wide range of patients. Nevertheless, Dr. Pilcher will carefully evaluate your goals, skin quality, and health history to determine your candidacy for treatment. To find out if you are a good candidate for a chemical peel, contact our San Antonio, TX practice today.

What to Expect from a Chemical Peel

During a chemical peel, Dr. Pilcher will treat your skin with a solution containing alpha-hydroxy acid or beta-hydroxy acid. Because the solution will contain a low concentration of acid, your treatment will involve significantly less discomfort and fewer risks than a deep peel. The chemicals will cause the top layers of your epidermis to peel away. Many flaws, such as fine lines and wrinkles, are primarily located in these top layers. Plus, the peel will promote cell growth in the healthier layers of skin beneath. For the most comprehensive results, you may benefit from up to six treatments.

After a superficial peel, you may experience some redness and inflammation, similar to a sunburn. Within a few days, you will start to shed the top layers of damaged skin. As you recover, your entire face could look more youthful, glowing, and rejuvenated.

Cosmetic Goals

A superficial chemical peel can correct the following concerns:

  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Crow’s feet
  • Sun damage.
  • Acne scars or other minor scars
  • Chronic dry skin

If you wish to address any of these issues, you may be a good candidate for a light chemical peel. The treatment can also be a good complement to medical grade take-home treatments.

Skin Tone

Because superficial peels are so safe, they are suitable for virtually all skin types. Nevertheless, depending on the problem that you want to address, you may enjoy more favorable results if you have fair skin. Dr. Pilcher will carefully evaluate your skin and treatment goals at your consultation.

It is important to note that a chemical peel will not correct sagging skin or large wrinkles. If you want to target these cosmetic concerns, you may be a better candidate for a facelift.

Health Considerations

Even for a superficial peel, it is important that you have generally healthy skin. Rosacea, eczema, dermatitis, and similar conditions may disqualify you from treatment. In addition, you should be a non-smoker, and you should not be on the acne medication Accutane®. If you are pregnant or breast feeding, you should wait before undergoing a chemical peel.

Contact Us to Learn If You are a Candidate for a Chemical Peel

Contact Accent Plastic Surgery to learn whether a chemical peel is right for you. If you are not a candidate, Dr. Pilcher can recommend a treatment more in keeping with your needs and goals.

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San Antonio, TX 78258

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