A chemical peel is a non-surgical cosmetic dermatology treatment to rejuvenate facial skin. Removing the top layers of dead and damaged skin dermatologists can smooth the texture of skin, improve the appearance of wrinkles and uneven pigmentation on skin. Chemical peels are viable solutions to rid of unwanted facial aging.
A chemical peel is administered in the same way as a facial peel with a cream-like solution to smooth the skin. Chemical peels are normally a treatment used to improve the texture of skin on the face and neck but can also be used on other areas of the body and the neck.
There are different strengths of chemical solutions dermatologists can use depending on how deep the peel needs to go into the skin to achieve results. The basic solution is acidic in various forms:
The results of chemical peels will vary and it may be necessary for repeat treatments to achieve the desired effect. Intense peels or repeat treatments can sometimes cause damage to the pigment of the skin. If the skin's pigment is damaged there could be slight skin tone changes in affected areas of the face and patients skin may not tan afterward. Patients may choose to combine chemical peels with other rejuvenation procedures like a facelift.
The cost of chemical peel treatment will depend on the type of peel, the number of treatments necessary to achieve the results wanted and the location of your treatment.
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