Environmental conditions in Atlanta take a toll on skin over time. As your skin gets older, the damage from sun exposure and the aging process becomes more visible.
You begin to see lines, wrinkles and creases form on your face. Your skin loses its resilience and the underlying muscles in your face weaken. This leads to sagging skin and folds.
One way to remedy these conditions is with a facial peel. Facial peels can also be used to treat acne, age spots, scars and irregular skin pigmentation. Read on to find out the top benefits of facial peels in Atlanta.
How Facial Peels Work
Facial peels are minimally invasive treatments that remove damaged layers of skin. Facial peels start with a deep cleansing of the skin. This enables the chemical solution used in the procedure to effectively penetrate the skin.
Once the skin is thoroughly cleaned, the chemical treatment is applied. Chemical treatments used in facials peels include alpha hydroxy acid, carbolic acid, glycolic acid, lactic acid, salicylic acid, and trichloroacetic acid.
The chemicals are carefully applied in a controlled manner to the skin. The chemicals are left on the skin for a specific period of time. Then the chemicals are removed. Damaged layers of the skin peel off. Afterwards, ointment and a special dressing is applied to the face to protect the skin.
What are the Benefits of Facial Peels?
There are several benefits to facial peels.
Facial peels are one of the least invasive methods of rejuvenating the skin. During a facial peel, most people experience the sensation of burning and stinging for a few minutes. However, these sensations are brief and can be alleviated with pain medication during or after the procedure. Facial peels can be done as an outpatient procedure with relatively little down time after treatment.
Facial peels encourage healthy new skin to grow. Facial peels exfoliate damaged outer layers of the skin. This stimulates new cell growth and allows a new layer of skin to form. The new skin has an enhanced tone and smooth texture.
Facial peels can also be administered at different levels, depending on your skin condition and cosmetic goals. For example, a superficial facial peel only treats the top layer of your skin but leaves your skin looking refreshed and smooth. Medium facial peels go one level deeper to treat the dermis. Deep facial peels use carbolic acid (also called phenol) to treat deep facial wrinkles and severe skin conditions.
As with any skin rejuvenation procedure, you should consult with an experienced facial plastic surgeon to determine the best treatment options for your situation. A thorough consultation is always part of my practice at the Maloney Center for Facial Plastic Surgery in Atlanta. This allows me to understand your specific aesthetic goals and learn about your medical history. Then we can decide the ideal treatment plan for you.