Chemical Peels In St. Louis
Do you wish you could make your skin look younger? Chemical peels can be considered a bit of a multi-cleanser. Read on for more details below.
There are two main things that damage skin as we age: environmental factors and sun exposure. With age, skin cell renewal slows down and damage accumulates, causing wrinkles, age spots, and tired looking skin.
Chemical peels rejuvenate the skin, because they don’t just cleanse the surface, they slough off dead skin and stimulate the production of new skin cell growth. The result is fresh, youthful looking skin.
So what exactly is a chemical peel, you might ask?
Most chemical peels are made from acidic solutions. As the name implies, the solution gently peels dead skin to a specified level from the face and other areas of the body. It’s similar to turning over a new leaf.
Chemical peels are useful for tackling a range of damaged skin issues, including acne scars, or the acne itself. Many individuals are aware that acne can be contributed to blackheads and whiteheads being stuck beneath the skin. Other skin issues include age spots, uneven skin tone, fine lines and mild to moderate wrinkles. And, as mentioned, they do wonders to make your skin look younger.
Types of Chemical Peels
As said before, chemical peels are made of acidic solutions. There are several types of solutions that vary from mild to extreme degrees of peels. The types of chemical peel selected is based on the kind of skin damage evaluated by a technician.
Here are some of the most popular types active ingredients used in chemical peels:
- Glycolic Acid
- Lactic Acid
- Salicylic Acid
- Maleic Acid
- Trichloroacetic Acid
It isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach, and furthermore initial consultations are required to make the best selection for clients, based on a physician’s and his clinician’s experience and skin evaluation.
Light Chemical Peels
Glycolic Acid is useful for damage to the outer layer of the skin, including sun damage, uneven skin tone or scars. Clients will like that glycolic acid is all-natural and made from fruit. It takes the chemical out of chemical peels. These are perfect for light touchups.
Moderate Chemical Peels
Deeper peels on the other hand, will likely use solutions like Trichloroacetic acid, or TCAs, and are beneficial for going below the layers of the skin’s surface to tackle issues like fine lines, acne, wrinkles and more. Over time, the skin will look beautiful and smooth. TCA peels are versatile enough to be used anywhere on the body.
Deep Phenol Peels
The benefit of these types of peels is that they can tackle a range of skin damage simultaneously. The downside however, is that it may take as many as 12 weeks to recuperate and see flawless results. Most specialists will therefore recommend medium peels performed in succession over two to three months.
Signing Up For Chemical Peels
Though no commitment is usually required when first doing a chemical peel, follow-up treatments are usually suggested in order to achieve flawless looking skin. Clients can usually schedule monthly sessions, and the top recommendation is recurring sessions every three months. This varies based on the condition of the skin.
Side Effects of Chemical Peels
The most common side effect is pink-looking skin. This should resolve on its own after a few days. Clients should stay out of the sun and moisturize daily while recovering.
The Average Cost of Chemical Peels
Based on national averages, a medical chemical peel is priced anywhere between $175 and $2000. The cost is largely determined by the physician and the type of peel received.
If you are looking for the best chemical peels for you, or if you simply want to make your skin look younger than ever before, contact the Laser Lipo and Vein Center today! We can’t wait to hear from you soon.