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Chemical peels are minimally-invasive and highly effective skin revitalizing treatments. While the name of this procedure might sound intimidating, nothing is actually peeled off during treatment. Instead, our provider will apply a nutrient-rich, acid-based solution that gently dissolves the topmost layers of the skin. This creates a very small amount of controlled damage, which in turn fosters a more rapid regeneration of new and healthy skin cells. With just a single treatment, many people find that their complexions are smoother, more evenly toned and nearly free of unsightly blemishes, such as mild acne scars, sun spots, dark spots and even enlarged pores. A chemical peel can even reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles around the mouth and eyes and across the forehead.
By breaking down dead, dry and damaged skin at the superficial and topmost layers of the dermis, chemical peels pave the way for the proliferation of new, healthier cells that will create a brighter, clearer and far more youthful-looking complexion overall. This is one of the fastest and most effective ways to eliminate dark spots across the face, whether these are caused by sun damage, the natural aging process or hyperpigmentation. Chemical peels can also minimize the appearance of enlarged pores, which may make acne-prone skin less susceptible to breakouts. Finally, these treatments are great for smoothing out dark and even pitted skin that has been scarred by the ravages of acne.
In addition to significantly improving the texture, tone and look of treated skin, chemical peels are also short and they do not require any extensive recovery time. Moreover, they can have a surprisingly long-lasting impact on the skin's ability to repair itself. The controlled damage that chemical peels entail causes the body to ramp up its natural repair processes. With deeper peels, this can even lead to improved collagenesis, or faster and more efficient production of natural collagen. This is why people who receive chemical peels tend to look far more youthful, vibrant and healthy than they appeared before treatment.
Based on the type of blemishes or textural issues that you have, our provider will determine the depth and strength of your peel. During your actual treatment, your skin will be cleaned with a special, de-greasing agent and then a special acid-based solution will be applied. This solution can be left on for several minutes and then wiped away, or it may be allowed to dry. Once the application and removal of the chemical peel is complete, you will be free to go home. Your face may feel tight for several hours or days after your appointment and you may see some slight flaking or peeling of skin as old skin cells are removed. Within just one to two weeks, the treated area will be brighter, fresher and far more even in texture and tone. Learn More To find out more about if a chemical peel is right for you, we encourage you to visit Chevy Chase Facial Plastic Surgery in Bethesda. Our office also serves the Washington, DC area. Our cosmetic professional will advise you on which chemical peel is best based on your skin type and desired outcome. Contact us today to schedule your consultation!