At Orange County Plastic Surgery, we offer chemical peels to improve the appearance of your skin. An acid peel is a non-surgical cosmetic treatment that corrects the most common signs of aging and skin damage. The chemical solution that is used on your skin helps remove layers of damaged cells and reveal healthier skin that has a smooth texture. A chemical peel also stimulates cell turnover, giving you a younger, healthier complexion. After the treatment, your skin has a smooth texture.
Chemical Peel in Newport Beach
About the Chemical Peel Procedure
Peels can be used for a range of concerns, from exfoliation to softening deep creases. A chemical solution is chosen for your treatment based on how deep the peel needs to penetrate your skin to improve its texture and appearance. Before the procedure, your skin is thoroughly cleaned to remove any makeup, skin care products, and dirt. The facial peel chemical is applied in a thin layer, and it stays on your skin for a specific period. A neutralizing solution is applied to stop the peeling process.
Benefits of Facial Chemical Peels
The main benefit of chemical peels for your face is that you can look younger without invasive procedures. Our facial skin peeling treatment is customized to your skin type and individual desires. We also offer specialty acid skin peel treatments for acne, hyperpigmentation, acne scars, and more.
How a Chemical Peel Helps with Acne
Acne is an indication that your skin has an imbalance. Home treatments rarely work well because the products typically only address one aspect of acne, such as excess oils. One of the most important chemical peel benefits for acne is that the treatment helps with all the factors that result in acne, including excess oil, dead skin cells, and bacteria. The peel removes the extra oil, as well as the outermost layer of skin. It also helps to reduce levels of bacteria inside your pores.
Facial Skin Peeling Treatment for Hyperpigmentation
Hyperpigmentation is a condition in which your skin produces too much melanin, a substance in your skin that gives it color. Some of the most common types of hyperpigmentation include dark spots, red or brown patches, freckles, and sun damage. Just under these areas of hyperpigmentation are cells that have an appropriate level of melanin. An acid peel for hyperpigmentation removes the darker cells to reveal skin cells that better match the surrounding skin. Our TCA peel is the best option for people with hyperpigmentation.
Types of Chemical Peels
Generally speaking, there are three types of facial acid peels. A superficial chemical peel offers exceptional exfoliation by removing the outer epidermis of your skin. This helps with fine lines, acne, rough texture, and certain types of hyperpigmentation. The solution for the treatment may contain maleic acid, glycolic acid, lactic acid, hydroxy acid, and other mild chemicals. You can have a light chemical peel every month or two.
If you need more than the outer layer of skin removed, Dr. Bunkis may recommend a medium peel. Trichloroacetic (TCA) acid peels remove the outer and middle layers of skin to help with deep wrinkles, scars from acne, and uneven skin tone. You can have a TCA skin peel every 4 to 6 months.
Deep peels are the most advanced types of acid peels for your face. Due to the strength of the chemicals that are used for the treatment, you can have one deep peel over your lifetime. A phenol peel removes more layers of skin than a medium peel, and it is recommended for precancerous growths, deep wrinkles and creases, blotchy skin, deeper scars, and sun damage. You will need a sedative or general anesthesia for your phenol chemical peel treatment. There is also some downtime involved with recovery from a phenol peel.
Best Type of Chemical Peel for Your Skin
Acid skin peel treatments are excellent options for people in Orange County who want to look younger without surgery, but not everyone is a good candidate. A chemical peel may not be ideal for people with darker skin and certain types of scars. If you use certain medications for acne or have extra sensitive skin, a chemical peel may not be the best option.
Call us today to schedule a consultation at Orange County Plastic to learn about the best type of chemical peel for your skin.
Recovery After a Chemical Peel
The type of chemical peel that you get determines how long your skin takes to heal. Light exfoliating peels require no downtime. Your skin may look slightly pink.
Recovery time for a TCA peel is usually seven to 14 days. During this time, your skin is red and feels sensitive, much like when you have a bad sunburn. You should also expect your skin to be flaky. You may also have some swelling, especially around your eyes, as well as discomfort. Using high-quality sunscreen when you are outside is an important part of aftercare for a TCA peel.
Phenol peels require post-chemical peel care and downtime. Plan to stay home and rest for about two weeks. Dr. Bunkis gives you an ointment to apply to your skin for the first 14 days. Within the first few days of your deep chemical peel, your skin may be red. You may also have swelling, scabbing, and crusting that last for up to one month or longer.
Skin Care After a Chemical Peel
Many people in Newport Beach wonder what to put on their faces after a chemical peel. Use high-quality sunscreen whenever you are outdoors, even if it’s just for a short period. The best type of moisturizer to use after a chemical peel is one that contains only natural ingredients. You can also look for skin care products that help boost collagen production. This may speed up the healing process.
Seeing Results of Your Chemical Peel
The results of a chemical peel are usually obvious right away, even if your skin is flaking or red. You’ll notice that your skin has a smooth texture and fresh radiance. It may take some time for you to notice other changes, such as lightening of hyperpigmentation and softening of wrinkles and creases.
Are There Any Side Effects of Chemical Peels?
There are some side effects of chemical peels that we discuss during your consultation. Infection is one of the most common risks of an acid peel treatment. Use a gentle cleanser each day as directed. Scarring is a rare side effect of chemical peels. Deep chemical peels cause some unique derma peel side effects, such as areas of the skin that no longer tan. If you have a history of heart disease, you may not be a good candidate for our acid peel treatment.
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