Based on the body's ability to heal itself, chemicals are applied to the face that make the skin blister and eventually peel off. What is left behind is newer, smoother skin devoid of many of the fine lines and wrinkles that make us appear older. What differentiates one chemical peel from another tends to be how deep the chemicals are allowed to penetrate the skin. To determine the type of chemical peel at our Bountiful clinic that best suits your skin resurfacing needs, schedule a consultation with one of our experienced dermatologists.
What is a superficial chemical peel?
Superficial chemical peels at our clinic in Bountiful are used to treat uneven skin tone and fine lines in otherwise healthy, vibrant skin. Since superficial chemical peels only remove the top layer of skin, recovery time tends to be faster and results tend to be more subtle than medium depth chemical peels. Ideal candidates are people with fair- to medium-toned skin although those with darker skin may be candidates for this type of procedure. Most patients report a mild stinging that feels like a sunburn and in most cases, recovery takes between one and four weeks before the chemical peel skin resurfacing process in Bountiful can be repeated for added results.
What is a medium depth chemical peel?
Medium depth chemical peels at Ogden Clinic in Bountiful are targeted at removing more than just the top layer of skin. Ideal for patients who want to remove fine lines and wrinkles in addition to age spots and sun damage, medium depth chemical peels often result in swelling, blisters or painful skin that can last from one to two weeks. Although medium depth peels are more effective at treating stubborn lines and wrinkles, they may be repeated every six to 12 months, if you want additional results. Patients report burning, stinging and sometimes pain during the procedure but often find relief in pain reliever medications or cold compresses.
Whether you opt for a superficial or medium depth chemical peel skin resurfacing procedure in Bountiful, it is important to avoid the sun for several months due to the fragility of the skin that is emerging. For more information on which type of chemical peel is right for you, contact Ogden Clinic Dermatology in Bountiful.