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Treatment Spotlight: What is a Medium Chemical Peel?

Treatment Spotlight: What is a Medium Chemical Peel?

It’s hard to beat the chemical peel when it comes to transformative skincare treatments. In our first blog on chemical peels we discussed some of the more superficial peels that help with surface irregularities and discolorations. These can be a great option for certain skin concerns, but some patients need more aggressive treatment. To continue the conversation, let’s talk a little more about medium-depth peels and what you can expect from them.

What Solution Do Medium Chemical Peels Use?

Superficial peels usually use glycolic, salicylic, or lactic acid at lower concentrations. Once you increase the concentration or use trichloroacetic acid (TCA) or Jessner’s solution, you can increase the penetration of a peel. This means that the type of chemical you choose- and what concentration- will determine how deep the peel will go. A deeper peel will show more significant results.

What are the Benefits of a Medium Chemical Peel?

A deeper chemical peel will have more effect on collagen then a superficial peel. You can expect some skin tightening and improvement in fine lines and wrinkles, as well as pore appearance. These results may not be as significant as a laser, but chemical peels can be a much more cost-effective way to go. Additionally, you can undergo chemical peels as regularly as needed to maintain your results.

What Happens During Treatment?

You should always receive chemical peels from a qualified professional in a medical office. Firstly, your skin will be thoroughly cleansed and made ready for treatment. Secondly, a custom chemical solution will be applied to the skin and left for a predetermined amount of time. Finally, your skin will be neutralized if needed, and prepared for recovery.

How Much Downtime Do I Need?

With a medium chemical peel, you can expect about 2 days of mild to moderate swelling, 5-7 days of peeling, and even some post peeling redness that can last beyond the first week. This redness is easily covered with makeup.

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The best way to learn more about chemical peels and create the ideal treatment package for you, we invite you to contact our Reno-area office by calling or filling out our online form.

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