With warmer weather and outdoor activities coming up, it’s time to start paying special attention to your skin. Sunscreen and daily face washing are important to protect your skin any day, but when the temperature rises and you spend more time out in the hot sun, your skin requires some extra maintenance. To improve the look and feel of your skin, treat certain kinds of acne, and reduce the look of wrinkles and fine lines, consider a chemical peel to begin your season of summer skin care.
What Is a Chemical Peel?
A chemical peel is a non-surgical procedure in which one or more chemical solutions are applied to small areas of your face and neck. It sounds intense, but reports can exaggerate the process. As it turns out, many of these solutions are based in acids that are naturally found in fruit!
There are different kinds of solutions available depending on your skin’s specific needs and the desired result. At Basile Plastic Surgery, there are many kinds of chemical peels we use, depending on the type and condition of the skin we are treating, and according to the goals and lifestyles of that patient. We choose a custom made treatment plan to maximize your safety and results.
Chemical peel strength can be light, medium, or deep. Light peels are used to treat uneven pigmentation, acne, dry skin, or fine wrinkles. Medium peels are used to treat acne scar, deeper wrinkles, and uneven skin color. Deep peels are used to treat deeper wrinkles, sun-damaged skin, scars, blotchy areas, and even pre-cancerous growths. The strength of the peel will dictate the kind of solutions used in the procedure and the amount of time needed to recover.
Depending on the desired result, you may find that more than one treatment is necessary. Light peels can be repeated every 1-4 weeks, with medium and deep peels requiring larger intervals.
Who Is a Good Candidate for a Chemical Peel?
If you have fair skin and light-colored hair, you are already a great candidate. Those with darker skin can also have good results with a peel, but run a higher risk of uneven skin tones after the procedure. Chemical peels cannot treat especially deep wrinkles or scar tissue, nor will they tighten loose or sagging skin.
The Chemical Peel Procedure
Our medical aesthetician will start by thoroughly cleaning your face and any other areas being treated. The chemical solution(s) is applied and left for a few minutes. It’s common for patients to feel a burning or stinging sensation in the treated areas. The solution is then washed off and neutralized. Depending on the strength of the peel, you may experience some stinging during the day, after the procedure. Cold compressescan be used to alleviate these symptoms and high-intensity sunscreen will be important to protect your new layers of skin.
Chemical peels can become a regular part of your skin care treatment. Skin care professionals have determined that regular treatments can not only repair existing damage, but can even prevent future damage to your skin. It’s like going to the eye doctor or the dentist – consistency keeps you healthy!
Getting That Summer Skin
To get your skin ready for summer, consider getting a chemical peel to improve your skin’s texture. This procedure can remove any damaged areas and give your skin a healthy glow, just in time for exposing your face to the sunshine. It’s also a great time of the year to get a chemical peel, just before the UVA and UVB rays are at their strongest.
To schedule a chemical peel or general skin care consultation, contact our office in Naples, FL, at (239) 514-8777. Kimberly Gallo, our skin care expert will discuss all your skin-treatment options with you and give you more information on our chemical peel choices. You may even be able to combine your skin treatment with other procedures, such as an eye lift, a brow lift, Botox, or other facial fillers, to give your face a more youthful appearance as summer comes into full swing.
Call today to get started on that beautiful summer skin!