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Chemical Peels Treatment in Miami

female patient having a chemical peel procedure on her face

What are chemical peels?

A chemical peel is a kind of dermatology treatment that uses a chemical solution to cause damaged layers of your skin to peel away, leaving behind more youthful-looking skin. At the Skin Center of South Miami, we offer chemical peels for patients who are concerned about one or more of the following skin issues:

  • Wrinkles
    • Fine lines
    • Deep lines
    • Crow’s feet (eye wrinkles)
    • Laugh lines (mouth wrinkles)
    • Frown lines (brow wrinkles)
  • Sunspots
  • Age spots
  • Skin discoloration
  • Acne
  • Rough skin
  • Scars
  • Acne scarring

Are chemical peels safe?

When performed by a medical professional, chemical peels can result in positive changes to the skin on the face, neck, and chest. If you are thinking about having a chemical peel, it’s important to discuss the possible benefits as well as the potential side effects with your dermatologist. Some of the possible side effects you could experience after a chemical peel include:

  • Redness
  • Peeling
  • Scarring
  • Infection
  • Complications

What are the different types of chemical peels?

Light Chemical Peel

A light chemical peel, also known as a superficial or lunchtime chemical peel, is a dermatology facial peel that only affects the skin’s outermost layer. The chemical solution that is applied to the face is very mild and usually consists of alpha-hydroxy acid. The treatment can be done quickly–which is why it gets its name “the lunchtime peel.” A light chemical peel can also be applied to the hands, neck, or chest, in addition to the traditional facial application.

Medium Chemical Peel

A medium chemical peel is able to penetrate through the skin deeper than the light chemical peel, but not as far as a deep chemical peel. Right in the middle, this kind of chemical peel is popular for patients who are looking to smooth lines and wrinkles that could not be reached with a lunchtime peel. Medium peels can also help with unwanted freckles, age spots, and skin tone problems.

Deep Chemical Peel

As the name suggests, a deep chemical peel offers the deepest kind of peel, penetrating through the skin to the deepest layers. The solution used for a deep peel is the strongest of the three peels and may consist of trichloroacetic acid or phenol. Some patients prefer to use a deep chemical peel because it is able to target and reduce the look of deeper lines, wrinkles, and scars.

What is better microdermabrasion or chemical peel?

Many of our patients wonder whether they will see better results using microdermabrasion or a chemical peel. It is always the best practice to consult with your dermatologist before deciding which treatment will be best for your personal needs and skin type. Only a qualified dermatologist who has evaluated your skin will have the knowledge and experience to make a good recommendation for you. In general, you can consider the following when choosing between chemical peels and microdermabrasion:

  • Do you need a quick recovery? Microdermabrasion has a shorter recovery period than most chemical peels.
  • Do you prefer to have various strength options? Chemical peels come in three different strengths, so you can customize your treatment.
  • Are you worried about side effects? Microdermabrasion has generally mild side effects compared to chemical peels.
  • What kind of results are you looking for? Chemical peels may offer a more dramatic improvement.

How long do chemical peels last?

Chemical peels offer permanent results; however, your skin will not be protected from further sun damage or wrinkling. Your dermatologist might recommend having a repeat treatment if you suffer from further skin damage in the future.

Do dermatologists perform chemical peels?

Yes. Dermatologists are both experienced and trained in performing chemical peels of all strengths. Visit our Miami dermatology office to learn more about what you can expect during the chemical peel treatment, your treatment options, and whether a chemical peel is right for you.

Is a chemical peel painful?

Depending on the type of chemical peel you choose, you may notice some discomfort during and after the procedure. In most cases, patients notice itching, redness, burning, and peeling following their chemical peel treatment. If you notice any severe or long-lasting effects, make sure you notify your dermatologist as soon as you can.

How long does a light chemical peel take to fully peel?

For many, the skin will continue to peel for weeks following the procedure. You’ll continue to notice improvements until your skin is completely recovered. For some people, your skin may peel very little or not at all following your chemical peel. This doesn’t mean that the treatment did not work, instead, it simply signifies that everyone’s skin is different and can react differently to treatment.

To learn more about exactly what you can expect during the days and weeks after a chemical peel, reach out to one of our knowledgeable and friendly staff members, who will assist you through your chemical peel process and recovery.

If you are interested in learning more about chemical peels, visit our experienced dermatologists at the Skin Center of South Miami. Our providers are experts when it comes to facial dermatology and are dedicated to delivering personalized care for every patient, no matter how big or small your concerns are. Call us at 305-740-6181 or fill out the form on this page to schedule a consultation today.

 

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