Medium-depth Peels: Look Younger Without Significant Downtime
Middle age brings a lot of changes; with a few decades of experience behind you, it’s no wonder so many people agree they begin to feel more comfortable with life and more confident about their decisions. But there’s one part of middle age that few people happily embrace: the wrinkles and lax skin that go hand-in-hand with the aging process.
Medium-depth peels help men and women of any stage of life achieve the more youthful appearance they crave without undergoing a major cosmetic surgical procedure like a facelift. In a medium-depth peel, a chemical solution is applied to the skin and left on for a predetermined period of time, allowing the chemicals to react with the upper layers of skin. At the end of the treatment time, the solution is neutralized and washed away. Medium-depth chemical peels use what’s called “controlled damage” to loosen layers of skin damaged by sun and aging so they can slough away, revealing fresher-looking skin beneath. The controlled wound that’s created stimulates new skin growth during the healing phase – skin that’s smoother, softer and younger looking.
Medium peels use stronger chemical concentrations than light peel or they may use a similar concentration but be left on the skin for a longer period of time to increase their effect. Many medium-depth peels use a chemical called trichloroacetic acid, or TCA, as well as other agents designed to encourage skin sloughing. In addition to reducing or removing fine to moderate lines and wrinkles, medium peels can also help reduce or remove acne scarring so your skin looks and feels smoother.
Prior to your peel, a skin evaluation will be taken to determine which type of peel – light, medium or deep -will be best for your skin type and your expectations. In some cases, a small “test” spot may be treated to determine how the agents will react with your skin. To prepare for the peel, you’ll also be given instructions on how to care for your skin to ensure it’s in the best shape possible before your peel. Preparing your skin with routine cleansing and moisturizing may also help ensure even results and speed healing.
After your peel, your skin will appear red and some areas may be slightly swollen. In a couple of days, the redness may become slightly darker as the upper layers of skin prepare to shed, indicating peeling is about to begin. Peeling begins about five days after the procedure, and complete healing occurs in a about two to three weeks. At Sadick Dermatology you will provided with complete, detailed instructions on how to care for your skin during healing and beyond so you preserve your results for the longest period possible.
Medium chemical peels can provide you with significant improvement in the texture and appearance of your skin, especially if you have areas of discoloration, wrinkling or scarring that are making you feel older or self-conscious. The best way to learn if a medium peel is a good option for your needs is to schedule an evaluation. Call our office today at 212-772-7242 to schedule yours.