Working in this industry we get a lot of questions about chemical peels. Patients that have never had one before are hesitant because they don’t understand how a chemical peel works, and what it can do for their skin. But there is no need to worry! A chemical peel is a safe and effective treatment when administered by an experienced physician or esthetician.
A chemical peel is the process of using a chemical agent to loosen and exfoliate the outer layer of the skin, allowing new skin to come to the surface. When this new skin replaces the old dead skin cells the skin will appear younger and healthier. Our skin naturally has its own process of exfoliating the old cells and bringing up the new cells. This is called the Cell Renewal Factor (or CRF). But as we age that CRF process slows down, causing our skin to lose that healthy “glow” that we all want. That is why a chemical can be so beneficial because it can help us get back the youthful appearance of our skin. It does this by not only helping our cells to regenerate themselves faster, and as a bonus this process also speeds up collagen production. Peels can also help to improve other imperfections in our skin such as: sun spots and other environmental damage, acne and mild acne scarring, fine lines and wrinkles, and evening out the overall texture and look of the skin. Another great benefit to getting rid of all those dead skin cells is that skin care products can absorb better into the skin. And using a professional grade skin care line for your home regimen in conjunction with chemical peel treatments can help you see the results much faster!
There are many different kinds of peels and they vary in strength, so it’s a good idea to talk to your come in for a free consultation with Dr. Thompson to determine if a chemical peel is right for you and if so, determine what level of treatment will best help you achieve your goals. Deeper chemical peels are performed by Dr. Thompson and lighter peels are done by one of our master estheticians. Dr. Thompson will also discuss possible down time with your treatment, the precautions and preparations, and the number of treatments needed for the best results. For more information on chemical peels, visit our chemical peel page or call (801)776-2220 to schedule a free consultation.