Throughout history, mankind has used all sorts of oils, acids, and abrasives in attempts to improve skin aesthetics. These early practitioners understood that exfoliation brightened the complexion and could improve pigmentation spots and other skin conditions. Today, Dr. Pamela Carr brings current chemical peel options, with safe, effective formulations, to residents of Sugar Land, TX and surrounding areas.
The purpose of chemical peels
Chemical peels improve the condition and appearance of the skin. It is a method of exfoliating surface layers, without the use of abrasion. Chemical peels can be used to:
- Reduce fine lines
- Improve signs of premature aging – sun damage and wrinkles
- Refine mild scars
- Treat acne on the face or back
- Even out pigmentation irregularities including freckles, melasma, and age spots
- Improve skin texture
While superficial peels range from mild, to moderate, to strong, they affect only the top-most layers of skin. Treatment is relaxing and spa-like. There is no recovery time following a superficial peel, but please use protective sunscreen. Skin will flake lightly for a day or two, as a fresh, vibrant complexion emerges. This is a standard of care for acne, pigmentation irregularities, and rough texture. Dr. Carr selects a formulation suited to your skin type and needs. Treatment can be repeated, increasing the strength of the peel in response to your skin’s tolerance.
Intermediate or medium peels contain a higher strength acid to penetrate beneath the epidermis (surface skin) to the upper layers of the dermis (internal skin structure). Dr. Carr takes extra steps to ensure your comfort during application, and afterward. There will be redness and some swelling. Skin turns brownish in the first day, and peeling begins within three or four days. Expect a week of recovery time, and then dramatic improvement in skin condition. Dr. Carr uses intermediate peels to treat significant sun damage and actinic keratosis (pre-cancers).
Dr. Carr uses a range of products to safely and effectively treat all skin colors and types. Periodic chemical peels keep your complexion clear and bright. Peels can be used alone, or in combination with other techniques such as Botox and dermal fillers, for optimal skin rejuvenation.