Chemical Peels in Chicago
As the name implies it is a chemical (technically a low-level, safe acid), which is applied to the skin of the face and/or body. There are so many variations of the chemical peel that entire books have been written on the subject.
We’ll try to simplify it here. You may have seen that your local hair salon or spa offers chemical peels. These are extremely mild peels, which do serve a purpose, but the more intermediate and deep peels, which exert the best results, are usually performed by qualified, licensed and trained medical cosmetic practitioners.
What are the key benefits of chemical peels?
Chemical peels are a single, safe procedure that actually turn back the clock by peeling away the old skin to entice new, thicker and richer skin. This process promotes enhanced collagen and elastin synthesis in the dermis and epidermis where the initial aging signs are seen. The goal is to beautify the appearance, texture and homogeneity and eliminate uneven discoloration, brown spots, scars and fine wrinkles.
What conditions can chemical peels treat?
- Signs of aging
- Sun damage
- Reduce acne scars
- Shrink pores
- Skin dryness and blotchiness
- Gravitational changes of laxity and tightness of skin
- Eliminate brown discolorations
- Eliminate actinic keratosis
- Improve melasma
- Improve surgical or traumatic scars
- Renew skin appearance to a healthy glow
- Remove precancerous skin lesions
Where can the peel be applied?
Chemical peels can be applied to the entire face or segment of the face, such as under the eyes only or scars on the face, along with deep furrows or specific aging lines. Our experience has shown it is better to peel the entire face so there is homogeneous change, without any skin tone discrepancy.
However, chemical peels are not just limited to the face and neck, although they are the most commonly peeled anatomical entities. The peel can also be applied to almost any other part of the body, most commonly the torso and anywhere stretch marks have developed.
Types of Chemical Peels
There are many types and names of chemical peels, however simply put, peels can be divided into three categories depending on the depth of penetration (depth of penetration into the dermis — skin).
The stronger the acid, the deeper the is chemical peeling. Consequently, the deeper the acid penetrates the skin, the more intense the reaction, the longer the duration of the downtime and the more formidable the final result.