People seem to know chemical peels can rejuvenate the face. But it is less known that they can also just as easily be used to rejuvenate the skin on the body.
While the skin on your face definitely requires routine care, the rest of your body can benefit from a little maintenance occasionally, too. Chemical peels for the body are just as effective as those for the face and can make a world of difference in how your skin looks and feels.
How Does a Chemical Peel Work?
Every day your body loses thousands and thousands of skin cells. The cells die and slough off naturally, but a chemical peel can accelerate this process by removing full layers of dead cells. Once these layers are removed, your skin will start replacing the dead cells with young, healthy living cells. As a result, your skin begins to look rejuvenated and refreshed.
There are different levels of intensity available for chemical peels. The one you use should match the kind of improvement your skin needs.
This is really important because choosing the wrong intensity could have major consequences for your skin. A peel that is too intense can cause damage, while a peel that isn’t intense enough won’t do anything for you.
Peels can be repeated, so it’s okay if your skin doesn’t look perfect once it heals from the first peel. The key is to get your desired result while keeping your skin safe and healthy.
Where On the Body Can a Chemical Peel Be Applied?
Chemical peels can be applied to any part of your body, but they are especially effective in areas with sun damage, scarring, acne, or rough textures.
These areas include:
How Is a Chemical Peel Performed?
First, your skin is deeply and thoroughly cleaned by the surgeon or aesthetician to free your skin of anything that could interfere with the chemicals. Once your skin is clean, the chemical solution is applied to the entire area and left alone to work its magic. The length of time will depend on the strength of the solution and the desired result. It’s very important that the solution isn’t left on too long; otherwise, you could permanently damage your skin. When the chemicals have had enough time to take effect, they’re rinsed off and a neutralizing solution is applied to render any remaining chemicals on your skin inert.
Once the peel is complete, your skin will look somewhat raw or leathery for about a week. It’s very important that you take extra special care of your skin during this time to prevent irritation or additional damage. You might get a pain medication prescription from your doctor depending on the intensity of your peel, or you can use cold compresses to alleviate any pain or discomfort. Sunscreen and moisturizer are an absolute must during this time to keep your skin safe and flexible.
Chemical Peel Treatments Can Be Repeated
While chemical peels vary in their intensity to combat a wide range of skin issues, sometimes your skin needs more than just one treatment. Chemical peels can be performed multiple times to get the desired result. This is good news for people who have stubborn scars, deep wrinkles, fine lines, or more pronounced sun damage.
As long as you give your skin enough time to heal in between peels, you can go back again and again for as many times as you want. In fact, if you decide you like chemical peels, skin care professionals recommend that they be part of your regular skin care routine. This not only removes any damage to your skin, but it also helps prevent damage from reoccurring.
Chemical Peels at Vitenas Cosmetic Surgery
There are some at-home chemical peels available, but they can be risky if you don’t know what you’re doing or make a mistake following the directions. The best option for a chemical peel is to see a licensed skin care specialist who has training and experience with the procedure.
Our office offers a variety of different chemical peels to suit your skin’s unique needs. If you are interested in learning more about our peels, or just getting a skin care consultation, call us today to schedule an appointment.
Contact Us and Schedule a Consultation to Discuss Your Chemical Peel Options
Please contact a patient care coordinator by phone at 281-484-0088 if you would like to schedule a consultation during which Dr. Vitenas will go over your complete medical history, take the time to understand your goals, and answer all of your questions. Computer imaging will be used to help you visualize your own personal results. Dr. Vitenas will discuss reasonable and expected outcomes, and explain the details of the procedure including the technique, the recovery, the risks, the costs, and financing options.
Our office is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. You can also email us anytime, and one of our patient coordinators will get back to you.
Dr. Paul Vitenas, Jr., M.D., F.A.C.S. of the Vitenas Cosmetic Surgery and the Fine Art of Natural Cosmetic Surgery is a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon and founder of Vitenas Cosmetic Surgery. He has practiced in the Houston area since 1990, and has been named one of Houston’s Top Doctors and America’s Top Plastic Surgeons. He’s also been awarded Houston’s Most Compassionate Doctor and a Top Doctor for Women.