What is a Chemical Peel?
In our teenage years through our early 30’s, our skin cells regenerate and turn over very quickly. This gives that youthful, healthy, dewy glow that the young are blessed with. As we get into our mid thirties, this cell turnover starts to slow down. With this slow down of cell turnover, the old, dead skin stays on top of our epidermis layer and leads to an aged, dull appearance.
To reinvigorate the fresh face that you once had, Dr. Janiga offers chemical peel treatments at Janiga MDs. Chemical peels penetrate the epidermis and shed off the old skin to expose the healthy skin underneath. This helps achieve a smoother tone and texture, and to bring back that glow. Plus, chemical peels work to stimulate natural collagen production and cellular turnover, which leads to the tightening and reduction of fine lines over time.
Chemical peels can be customized to suit your individual needs. They range from light to deep peels. Light peels include glycolic, salicylic and pyruvic acid and treat conditions such as wrinkles, dull texture, brown spots, and acne. Light peels have little downtime and peel lightly for only a few days after. Medium depth peels include combination peels, Jessners, and others to stimulate more collagen, smooth texture irregularities, and can help with mild to moderate pigment problems and acne scarring. These have a longer recovery time of 3-5 days of peeling. Deeper peels affect the most change, but it can be a long recovery. They are great for wrinkles, brown spots, texture irregularities, and acne scarring, as well as give a nice tightening of the skin.
Conditions that benefit from chemical peels include dull, weathered skin, acne, freckling, blotchy pigmentation, sun damage, fine wrinkles, and shallow acne scars.
As with any procedure, not everyone is a candidate for every peel. Please discuss your type of skin with Dr. Jennifer Janiga or our nurse practitioner Darci Page, and they will help you decide which type of peel is right for your skin.
Before deciding if you are right for a chemical peel, your provider will examine your skin and discuss the potential benefits and risks for your particular skin type and condition.
Peels are performed as an outpatient procedure in Janiga MD’s Reno office, and usually do not exceed 30 minutes while the chosen solution is applied to your skin. This is usually associated with two or three minutes of stinging sensation.
Recovery & Results
Depending on the type of peel you have, be it mild, medium or deep, your recovery will range from a few days to a week. There is no discomfort as you leave the office, but the treated skin can appear red in color before it begins peeling. The deeper the peel you have, the more obvious your post-treatment peeling will be. If you have had a deeper peel and require more discretion, you may want to stay home until you’ve finished healing.
Although one chemical peel can significantly improve the appearance of the skin, some skin problems are deeper than others. It is possible that you may require more than one peel to achieve your best results.
Schedule a Consultation
For more information, or to set up a consultation with Dr. Jennifer Janiga or Darci Page, NP-C for chemical peels in our Reno cosmetic center please send us an email or call 775-364-0224.