This procedure rejuvenates the skin by applying a chemical solution to it to remove its top layers.
This method is generally used on the face to treat wrinkles, changes in skin color and scars. It can be performed alone or in combination with other aesthetic procedures and it uses different depths (light, medium or deep) depending on the results that are desired. The Mayo Clinic explains these different depths:
- Light or superficial: This peel breaks down the outer layer of the skin, known as the epidermis. It can be used to treat minor wrinkles, acne, uneven skin color and dryness. The recommendation is to do it once a week for a maximum of six weeks.
- Medium: This peel penetrates the skin cells of the epidermis and certain parts of the upper middle layer, known as the dermis. It treats wrinkles, acne scars and discoloration. Repeat after 12 months to maintain its results.
- Deep: This peel penetrates the epidermis and middle and lower layers of the dermis. It is suggested for deeper wrinkles, scars or precancerous growths. Your doctor will determine if it is necessary and how often it should be performed.
Keep in mind that a chemical peel can have side effects such as redness, scarring (in exceptional cases), changes in skin color (especially in people with darker skin tones), outbreaks and in exceptional cases, it can cause a bacterial infection. The skin that grows back after a chemical peel is softer and looks younger.
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