A facial peel uses chemicals to exfoliate damaged skin. They improve the appearance of facial skin by peeling off the top of skin, revealing newer and smoother skin underneath. There are some risks with this procedure, as well as some benefits. The results may vary depending on the depth of the peel and the amount of chemicals used.
A superficial facial peel removes the top layer of your skin. It does not treat the deep layers of dermis, but affects the epidermal or outer layer of facial skin. Superficial peels are also known as lunchtime peels because they are completed in reduced time and allow you to resume your normal activities.
A medium facial peel affects the epidermis and upper layer of skin. This penetrates deeper layers of skin and requires more time for healing. They are performed to treat precancerous spots, shallow scars, crow’s feet, moderate wrinkles, and dark brown spots on the skin.
Deep facial peels involve using phenol, which is a chemical agent that helps remove the epidermis and penetrates through two layers. They require an extensive recovery period and cannot be used for darker skin tones due to the risk of hypopigmentation or bleaching. They can treat skin with deep facial wrinkles, severe sun damage, skin discoloration, and acne scars.
Patients from around the country see Dr. Heller in his Long Beach office for facial chemical peels. To schedule your appointment and learn your candidacy for this procedure, please call our office today.