Hundreds of thousands of people seek consultations with plastic surgeons to make them look and feel younger. While there are many treatment options available for younger-looking skin, many patients opt for a chemical peel. A chemical peel, popular among patients in the surrounding areas of Anaheim, Buena Park, and Newport Beach of Orange County, is a skin resurfacing technique used to improve the appearance of the skin. During a chemical peel, a specially formulated chemical solution that removes the outer, damaged layers of skin is applied to the skin.

Once the old skin is removed, the face then regenerates new skin. The new, regenerated skin is usually smoother and less wrinkled, but is also temporarily more sensitive to the sun.

A Rule Of Thumb

Chemical peels are classified into superficial, medium, and deep types, depending on how far down they penetrate. A rule of thumb is the deeper the penetration, the more aggressive the peel. While deeper peels provide greater resurfacing benefits, they also carry greater risk of complication. In general, chemical peels can be used to treat a myriad of aging and skin problems including wrinkles, certain types of acne, sun damage, age spots, and freckles. The goal of a chemical peel is to improve the look and feel of skin that has become dull in texture and color.

Is Chemical Peel For You?

In most cases, good candidates for chemical peels are patients with mild to moderate wrinkles in areas around the eyes and mouth. Ideal candidates for this treatment also include patients with mild to moderate sun damage, severe acne scars, or mottled pigmentation. Fair-skinned patients are very good candidates for a chemical peel treatment and darker skin types may gain positive results, depending upon the type of skin problem the treatment will address. Patients with dark skin types should take caution because they may be at an increased risk for alteration to their pigmentation. These changes can become present despite the resurfacing method that is recommended. Furthermore, appropriate candidates should be in good health and free of any diseases or pre-existing medical conditions.