Removing the signs of aging
Every year, increasing numbers of people undergo a chemical peel to remove signs of aging from their skin. At one time, it was considered only science fiction to think that one could visit a doctor’s office and diminish many signs of aging on their face, hands, neck, and chest. A chemical peel is by no means the end all for skin care, but it is an effective way to diminish the signs of aging by decreasing wrinkles and leaving you with smoother skin and a brighter complexion.
Explaining chemical peel
The term “chemical peel” can seem enigmatic because it sounds amazingly simple and slightly unnerving at the same time. The process is effective when performed by a skilled clinician, and patients will need to be proactive in protecting their rejuvenated skin. Chemical peels are also effective treatment for acne and conditions that discolor the skin. It is very effective for removing fine lines under the eyes or around the mouth. It also can help reduce or remove wrinkles that are the result of sun damage or aging. The first step is to see a dermatologist, who can determine the most appropriate type of treatment for your skin condition. Chemical peels are typically performed on the face, neck, or hands. They can help reduce or improve the following skin conditions:
- Lines and wrinkles
- Certain types of acne
- Mild scarring
- Age spots and sun spots
- Uneven skin color
Following treatment, patients must be diligent to protect their skin from excessive exposure to sunlight and harsh weather conditions.
What to expect
According to your skin condition, the dermatologist will ask you to follow a pre-peel skin care plan for 2 to 4 weeks before your treatment. This is an important part of ensuring that your get the desired results and reduce the potential for side effects. On the day of your peel, a clinician will thoroughly cleanse your skin to remove oils and contaminants. After pre-procedure preparation, a clinician will apply the peel quickly and evenly, watching your skin carefully, and removing the peel at just the right time. If you are undergoing a deep peel, your skin will be treated one small section at a time.
After the procedure, your skin will be treated as needed. For example, a medium peel may require the application of cool compresses and a lotion or cream that soothes the skin. Whereas a deep peel may require a surgical dressing. After a chemical peel, patients do requires varied levels of downtime. Healing time ranges from 1 day for a refreshing peel, to 14 days or longer for a deep peel. To get the desired results from a refreshing peel, you may need to have 3 to 5 treatments. Because our skin continues to age, the results are not permanent. Your dermatologist can tell you what to expect, based upon your own individual condition.
Chemical peels and skin rejuvenation in Charlotte, NC
Our skin ages at different rates for many reasons. If you are finding it difficult to live with some aspects of your aging skin, Dermatology Specialists of Charlotte can provide the effective treatment in a caring and professional environment. Dr. Nixon and Dr. Haught are board certified dermatologists whose dedication, experience, and knowledge will provide the best possible treatment for your skin, hair, and cosmetic concerns.
Dermatology Specialists of Charlotte also offers medical, cosmetic, and surgical dermatology; including removal of skin cancer. They provide a full range of cosmetic offerings such as skin tightening, fat reduction, chemical peels, Botox treatments, microdermabrasion, and more. They provide treatment for both adult and pediatric patients. Call their office today for a skin care evaluation and analysis of your aging skin.