Dr. Alexes Hazen on Chemical Face Peels
Chemical peels ultimately remove the top layer of skin, thus smoothing out fine wrinkles, decreasing discoloration, and addressing pigmentation problems. Areas of wrinkly skin can also benefit from a peel or laser resurfacing procedure with the ClearLift laser resulting in a shrink-wrap type of effect. The Total FX C02 Laser is also a skin resurfacing cosmetic procedure that mimics a chemical peel. The Total FX C02 Laser consists of an Active FX laser and a Deep FX laser used together. When combined, not only can scars, sun damage, discoloration and, deep lines, and wrinkles be treated, but the skin is resurfaced altogether.
Specifically, chemical peels help reduce and treat the appearance of dark spots and age spots.
The old skin that is peeled off within a few days leaves behind a newly rejuvenated healthier-looking skin, which underwent collagen regeneration and rearrangement. Chemical peels can also be used to treat under eye dark circles.
Q & A
Q: Is there only one type of Chemical Peel for all?
A: There are many types of acids used in chemical peeling, including but not limited to trichloroacetic acid (TCA) with
various percentages, glycolic peels, phenol peels and jessner's peels. These peels run the gamut of light to very heavy deep peels. Depending on your skin type, skin thickness, and coloring, a tailored chemical peel could be fashioned to meet your skin rejuvenation needs.
Q: How quickly will I see results?
A: The results of a chemical peel can be seen as soon as 5 days after!
Q: How often should I get a chemical peel?
A: A light peel can be every 3-4 months. A deeper peel 6-12 months.
Q: What is the recovery process?
A: Light peels have almost no recovery. Deeper peels can take 3-4 days to fully recover.