Chemical Peels for Cosmetic Enhancement

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Chemical peels are popular nonsurgical cosmetic procedures used by millions of people to enhance the appearance of the skin and reduce the signs of aging. Varying providers offer varying types of peels. To ensure optimal results and limit your risks of potential side effects it is important to find a board certified physician's office that can provide you with a medical grade chemical peel. Medical grade chemical peels ensure that you are receiving the right concentration of chemicals to safely produce your desired results.

How do they work?
Essentially, a chemical peel is an intensive exfoliation of dry, damaged skin cells. A chemical solution is applied directly to the skin and is allowed to soak into the skin while you relax under the care of your physician. The solution penetrates the surface of the skin killing off old skin cells and inducing the production of collagen and new cell growth. By exfoliating old skin cells and stimulating new cell growth, the skin will appear smoother, more elastic, and extremely youngger.

What can they treat?
Aging and sun damage are the top two reasons why people seek chemical peels. Treatments can soften fine lines and wrinkles, reduce the appearance of blemishes, even overly oily or dry skin, and improve overall skin tone and texture.

What are the risks?
Chemical peels are generally safe and effective treatments with minimal risks, especially if performed under the care of physician. Still, as with any medical treatment there is always some risk. Mild risks include temporary "hot spots" or crushing. Other risks may include temporary burning, headaches, nausea, dizziness, and on rare occasions scarring and infection. Talk to your physician before coming your peel to be sure you understand all of the risks and benefits. If you experience any concern side effects following your treatment, be sure to call your doctor's office immediately.

How long will treatment last?
Treatments generally take about 30-45 minutes and can easily be scheduled on your lunch break.

What is the recovery time?
The level of chemical peel will determine your recovery process and time. The most popular chemical peels are light surface penetration. In this case some redness, sensitivity, or flaking of the skin may occur within the first five days of treatment.There is little to no downtime and you can immediately return to your normal activities. However, it is important to follow your physician's post-treatment instructions such as avoiding heat and sun and wearing protective sunscreen.

What are the typical results?
For optimal results you should seek a center under the direction of a board certified physician to perform your chemical peel.This will ensure that the care you receive is quality care, minimizing your risks and improving your results. Initial results from a light peel treatment take about five days to set in before you see your maximum benefit. During this time your old skin will be flaking off as new skin emerges. Chemical peels have helped millions of people reduce the signs of aging and enjoy a smoother, more youthful appearance.