Chemical peels are used to improve texture and complexion of the skin and give a more youthful and healthy appearance. The peel agents are used to soften and reduce fine wrinkles, sun damage and age spots on the face, neck , chest, arms, and legs. Acne, melasma, and other discolorations can be improved with a series of chemical peels. Healing time is minimal and most patients return to work the same day as the procedure. Various peel agents and concentrations are used including 50% and 70% glycolic agents and a complex peel with glycolic acid and lactic acid. Chemical peels work best as a series of peels four weeks apart. Special pricing is available for packages of 4 peels.
A chemical peel is a special solution that is used to remove the upper layers of dead skin, revealing smoother, softer, younger-looking skin underneath. In addition to improving the way skin looks and feels, peels can also be used to eliminate or reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, discoloration, and scars. Different concentrations are available depending or the results you are looking for.
The treatment process begins with a gentle cleansing to remove makeup and oils. The solution is applied and allowed to stay on for a period of time – typically less than 15 minutes depending on the location. Once the time is reached, the area is washed off with water to neutralize the solution.
The duration of the results will vary based on the depth of the peel, with deeper peels producing longer-lasting effects. You can maximize your results by taking care of your skin after your peel, using moisturizer and sunscreen regularly. Chemical peels cause controlled damage to the skin, which can spur the development of collagen, resulting in firmer, more resilient skin over time.
Dr. Patel specializes in peels which have minimal down time. The glycolic peels performed in her office penetrate the skin and weaken the bonds that hold the individual cells together. This results in a less traumatic way to exfoliate the top layers of the skin. This peel is designed not to have visible peeling on the sheets of skin since the cells are being sloughed off microscopically. Most patients are able to return to work on the same day. Some patients might experience some mild redness and slight peeling. Patients are not restricted to being outside, but are encouraged to be diligent with sun protection. Dr. Patel and her staff will provide instructions regarding the type of sunscreen and other products you can use.
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