Chemical peels are a type of skin resurfacing treatment that uses a chemical solution to remove the damaged, outer layers of skin to achieve a more vibrant, youthful appearance.
There are a wide variety of chemical peel solutions available for use and are typically divided into light, medium, and deep chemical peeling agents. Light peels require minimal to no downtime, while other, stronger peels require downtime that may be similar to minor procedures.
Why Chemical Peels?
Over time, our skin undergoes changes that are associated with genetics, age, environmental toxin exposure, and sun exposure. Chemical peels are used to reverse some of those changes, including brown spots, pigment changes, poor texture, wrinkles, fine lines, and skin laxity.
How Chemical Peels Work
Several different types of chemical peels may be used for skin rejuvenation. All create a controlled, superficial injury in the skin. Light peels produce smoother, brighter-looking skin. Results with these types of peels are usually improved by performing a series of peels over time. During treatment, you will notice an improvement in fine lines and wrinkles, dryness, and unwanted pigment. You may also notice an improvement in acne if your skin is prone to breakouts.
More dramatic results can be achieved with medium to deep peels but will require a recovery period. These can be used to treat deeper lines and wrinkles, severely sun-damaged skin, and even pre-cancerous growths.
Ideal chemical peel candidates are healthy adults who want to improve the appearance of their skin, have realistic expectations, and are proactive in their skincare. Dr. Thompson recommends the best option for each patient’s skin condition and skin type. In certain situations, Dr. Thompson may recommend a different treatment for patients with darker skin tones. He has experience working with every skin type and recommends the safest and most effective treatment options for each patient.
Dr. Thompson typically performs the chemical peel procedure in the office setting. The treatment process varies somewhat based on the specific goals of the procedure. Light to medium depth peels may produce a mild stinging sensation but typically do not require anesthesia. Dr. Thompson ensures all patients are comfortable during and after the procedure.
Recovery will vary based on which chemical peel solution is used. Mild peels will produce some redness, but patients can typically return to work or their normal routine immediately after treatment. Stronger peels may result in flaking, scaling, and swelling. This is expected and will resolve with time but may require one to two weeks of recovery. Many patients modify their activities to avoid certain social situations until their skin begins to show improvement, and the redness has faded or can be concealed with makeup.
Chemical Peels FAQs
The cost varies depending on the type of chemical peel procedure, the number of treatments needed, the areas of concern, and the patient’s specific goals. Chemical peels tend to offer a more cost-effective option when compared to other resurfacing procedures like laser resurfacing.
Skin resurfacing with chemical peels remove the outer layers of skin and can cause some side effects, including redness, itching, and swelling. The milder the peel, the less risk associated with the procedure. Dr. Thompson has had specific training with chemical peeling agents, and all treatments he offers are safe. It is vital to seek a specialist with experience and training using chemical peels to avoid unnecessary injury.
Results can be dramatic and long-lasting; however, the natural aging process will continue after treatment, and you may develop new lines or pigmentation over time. Proper sun protection will help preserve results over a longer period of time.
Dr. Thompson medical credentials
- Obtained his medical degree from the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine
- Completed his head and neck surgical training at LSU Health Sciences Center
- Trained under the guidance of Dr. Frederick Stucker, world-renowned rhinoplasty surgeon and past president of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS)
- Was one of only forty-nine surgeons in the country to be accepted into a facial plastic and reconstructive surgery fellowship sponsored by the AAFPRS
- Fellowship was completed with Dr. Stephen Smith at Smith Facial Plastics and The Ohio State University
- Board Certified by the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
Schedule Your Chemical Peel in Denver Today
Dr. Thompson in Denver, CO, is a board-certified head and neck surgeon and fellowship-trained facial plastic surgeon who specializes in facial rejuvenation utilizing chemical peels. If you want a smoother, brighter, healthier complexion, please call (303) 667-1474 to request a consultation with Dr. Thompson today!