Here’s How a Chemical Peel Can Fight Wrinkles

Here’s How a Chemical Peel Can Fight Wrinkles

Chemical peels are a great way to address many common skin flaws, especially age-related wrinkles and fine lines, which can leave you dissatisfied with your appearance.

As part of her skincare/anti-aging service lineup, Susan J. Seman, DO, FACOS, offers in-office chemical peels. Dr. Seman can use peels to revitalize the appearance of your skin and rejuvenate its health, all without the need for invasive techniques.

How chemical peels work on wrinkles

A chemical peel involves the application of a special acid solution, such as glycolic acid or salicylic acid, to the surface of your skin.

The acid removes the upper layer of your skin, including the dead skin cells that dull your complexion. This process also causes your body to begin healing itself, triggering the production of collagen and the development of new skin cells.

The new collagen can firm up your skin and tighten areas where there are fine lines and wrinkles. And, as the dead skin cells slough off, the fresh skin beneath can shine through and give your face a more vibrant glow and an improved appearance.

In addition to using chemical peels to treat facial wrinkles and lines, Dr. Seman may also suggest a peel to fight wrinkles on your neck and hands.

Good candidates for chemical peels

The best way to determine if a chemical peel is right for you is to schedule a skin evaluation with our team. Dr. Seman can assess the health of your skin to ensure it’s free from infection and other issues that a chemical peel could aggravate. 

She’ll also make sure you have the right expectations for your results from a chemical peel before recommending this treatment. While chemical peels can address mild wrinkles and fine lines, there may be more effective treatments for moderate to severe wrinkles that would work better for you.

Instead of, or in addition to, a chemical peel, Dr. Seman may suggest Botox® or dermal fillers to address wrinkles, creases, and folds that a chemical peel wouldn’t be able to treat.

What you can expect during and after a chemical peel

After a careful assessment of your skin, Dr. Seman determines how deep the peel should be. Then she cleanses your skin before carefully applying the acid solution. The acid then sits for a period of time before Dr. Seman cleans your face.

For a few days following your peel, your skin may be visibly red, and you may feel like you have a sunburn. And, as the old, dead skin cells flake off, you’ll need to use a high-quality moisturizer to address dryness. At our office, we offer skin care products from ZO® Skin Health, Inc. and Jan Marini Skin Research®.

More about skin protection

In addition to regular moisturizing, you’ll also need to avoid the sun and use sunscreen any time you go outdoors in the weeks following your peel. This is because the procedure will make your skin more sensitive to the ultraviolet (UV) rays of the sun, which could cause you to burn faster than usual.

If you want to retain your results in the long term and keep wrinkles at bay, we can recommend a safe timeline for additional peels. Typically, you can schedule a light chemical peel once a month and a medium peel once every 6-12 months.

To learn more about chemical peels and to see if they could help you, book an appointment online or over the phone with Susan J. Seman, DO, FACOS, today.

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