Get a Fresher, Brighter Look in the Milwaukee and Madison Area
The outermost layer of skin is the most visible. Unfortunately, this dry layer is also covered with dead cells and debris, as well as marked by everything from fine lines to scars. Removing the outermost layer of skin with a chemical peel at the Milwaukee area’s Parkins Plastic Surgery not only reveals more youthful skin beneath, but also triggers natural rejuvenating processes that further improve complexion and tone.
What Are Chemical Peels?
Chemical peels are nonsurgical treatments that involve a specialized acid formula being painted directly onto the skin. Peels vary in strength and intensity, with stronger formulas penetrating deeper below the surface and creating more dramatic results—as well as more downtime required for healing after a session.
During a treatment, a patient’s chosen chemical peel is applied and left on for a set amount of time. Once it has done its work, the peel is neutralized and cleaned off. Some results will be visible right away, while others will develop over time. In general, peels are good for smoothing fine lines and wrinkles, evening out skin tone, fading scars, and reducing the appearance of large pores. They can also help with certain conditions, such as acne.
Preparing for Chemical Peels
During an initial consultation, Dr. Maida Parkins and her team will give every patient directions on how to get ready for a chemical peel session. Avoid sun exposure in the days before getting a peel, since we cannot apply the formulas to sunburned skin. In general, it is also good to stay hydrated. Be sure to have protective topicals and clothing after a session as well, because the treated skin will feel sensitive and should not be bombarded with ultraviolet radiation from sunlight.
The Chemical Peel Procedure, Recovery, and Possible Side Effects
For patients concerned about discomfort during their chemical peel session, and for those choosing more intense peels, we provide a numbing cream to decrease sensitivity in the area. Every person tolerates discomfort in a unique way, so we will work with you in advance and during your session to make the process as pleasant as possible.
The effects of a chemical peel are very similar to the results of a sunburn: Your skin will likely appear red and feel irritated for days after a session. The outermost layer can also begin to flake away. Depending on the peel applied, these effects can last anywhere from a couple of days to a couple of weeks. Take particular care of your skin during this time, protecting it from the elements and enjoying a good diet with exercise and plenty of water.
As the dead skin peels away, a smoother and fresher layer enhanced by renewed collagen production will become increasingly visible.
More Skin Rejuvenation Options
The Parkins Plastic Surgery team works with a diverse group of patients seeking a refreshed, more youthful look, so there are several treatment options available beyond chemical peels. CO2 laser skin resurfacing applies focused light energy for a similar effect, with Sciton Halo™ and Forever Young broadband laser improving texture, tone, and more. Dermaplaning also involves removing dead cells from the top layer of skin, but involves the use of a specialized scalpel that gently shaves away peach fuzz and dull skin. Microneedling does not remove skin cells, but instead makes tiny holes in the surface to prompt collagen-building healing processes. The ideal treatment for you will depend on your needs, as well as the condition of your skin.