The term ‘chemical peel’ can sound a little horrifying if you’ve never heard of it before, but these skin treatments can be one of the best ways to maintain great skin over time. This process uses a customized chemical solution that is brushed over the skin of the face where it can effectively remove dead skin cells and debris from the surface. Depending on your skin’s condition, however, you might need a deeper peel that is stronger and requires a longer treatment time. The best way to determine which would benefit you best is through a consultation with Dr. Diggs, but here is a guide to get you started.
This type of treatment is sometimes called a ‘lunchtime peel’ because it’s quick and effective at rejuvenating the surface of the skin (and can be completed during the span of an average lunch break, hence the name). A light chemical peel can remove dead cells and leave a smooth, fresh, glowing surface underneath with minimal downtime. It can also be repeated regularly for easy maintenance with little toll on your skin. It can also be effective at reducing fine, surface-level wrinkles; dryness, acne, or uneven pigmentation. You can expect some redness for a few days, and you’ll need to regularly apply a light, unscented lotion.
A medium peel reaches beyond the surface of the skin (the epidermis) and down into the upper part of the dermis (the middle layer of skin). This option can be a great balance between results and recovery, since it can tackle deeper problems like acne scars, deeper wrinkles, and uneven skin color. Recovery from this treatment can take up to a couple weeks, and you’ll need to be sure and avoid sun exposure, as this can cause hyperpigmentation as the skin rejuvenates. During this time, there will be some redness and swelling, and you may be given a special ointment or skin product to apply to help the skin heal and keep infections away.
This procedure can be extensive and requires a little more downtime and care steps, but offers the best results when it comes to deep-seated skin problems like wrinkles and folds, sun damage, deep scars, pigmentation, and certain growths. You may need to undergo some pretreatment for this procedure in order for your skin to behave best during the treatment (this can include retinol, which can thin the skin’s surface and allow the chemical solution to work better). Afterward, you’ll likely wear bandages for an extended period of time and use a thick moisturizer. You may even need to take medications to boost your immune system since you’re vulnerable to infection and illness while your skin rejuvenates. With a deep peel, it’s most important to avoid any sun exposure for up to a few months afterwards.
During your consultation with Dr. Diggs, she can recommend the best treatment plan for you, as well as make sure you understand any care steps you’ll need to take afterwards to get the best results out of your treatment. To schedule an appointment, contact our Grosse Point office by filling out our online form or calling 313-566-4729.