Chemical peels are a great option for those who want to improve wrinkles, fine lines, and other skin imperfections. They’re used for both medical and cosmetic purposes and can be performed by plastic surgeons, estheticians, and dermatologists. This is what our patients should know about chemical peels.

There are several different types of medical peels that offer results. Each type of peel offers different benefits, and certain peels are best suited for certain skin types. For example, salicylic acid peels are ideal for those with acne-prone skin, and lactic acid peels are great for anyone with dry or sensitive skin.

A great advantage of chemical peels is that, unlike most treatments, there are few risks unless a patient is allergic to an ingredient. Deeper peels are, however, sometimes associated with more complications like scarring or infection. Additionally, pregnant or breastfeeding women may have to stay away from certain peels that contain Vitamin A or salicylic acid.

Peels are usually performed as a series at set intervals, depending on the desired results. Some types of peels offer visible results within just a few days, while others require numerous treatments before a change is noticeable. Skin usually looks great after a light peel, with no peeling or flaking of skin; deeper peels are often associated with a bit of redness and flaking before improving after a couple of weeks.

When looking for a provider, you may find seemingly good deals on peels at hair salons and spas, but the most reputable providers are plastic surgeons, dermatologists, and estheticians. These professionals are highly experienced with peels and, as a result, can make the best recommendation based on your skin condition and desired results. Be sure to schedule a consultation to ensure all your questions about the procedure are answered.

Call Tallahassee Plastic Surgery Clinic to learn more about the chemical peel treatments available for your skin.