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What Is A Chemical Peel And Should I Get One?

If you are looking for a way to improve the appearance of your skin that will last, a chemical peel is becoming one of the best ways to accomplish this goal. When performed by expert cosmetic professionals in Redwood City like the ones on staff at GLOW Medical Spa, a chemical peel can rejuvenate the way your skin looks in as little as a half an hour.

Let's learn more about chemical peels and their benefits.

Chemical peels are becoming the most popular clinical skin treatment used today.

A chemical peel can accomplish many of the same treatment objectives as a laser procedure, but costs significantly less. Some of the aesthetic issues that can be addressed by a peel include areas of discoloration, fine lines and wrinkles, enlarged poles, rough-feeling skin, or skin congestion. A chemical peel also typically is performed with minimal discomfort and downtime.

There are three types of chemical peels, classified by how deeply the peeling solution penetrates into the skin: superficial, medium, and deep. A deeper peel will yield more significant results, but also will require more healing time. Whatever type of peel you choose, the goal is always the same—younger-looking skin with a more even tone.

Here's what to expect from receiving a chemical peel at GLOW Medical Spa.

When you have a chemical peel, the active agent removes a very thin top layer of your skin, without doing damage to the deeper layers. Many of the flaws and abnormalities in your skin, such as areas of discoloration and pre-cancerous spots, form on that top layer, so they usually are removed along with the top layer.

A chemical peel can be performed on any area of the skin on your body that you would like to have rejuvenated. Most patients opt to have a chemical peel performed on the neck, face, and arms.

Remember that a chemical peel only should be performed as a clinical treatment.

Only a facility that is advertised and licensed as a medical spa should conduct chemical peel procedures. Make sure the staff of this medical spa includes a physician with extensive training in the process of chemical peels. At GLOW Medical Spa, we have two doctors on staff: Dr. Paul Gorman and Dr. Renee Marshall. Each of them possesses a wealth of knowledge about the advantages, risks, options, and timing of chemical peels. They will choose the right type of peel, factoring in your aesthetic goals and skin type.

Find out if you are a good candidate for chemical peels.

Certain traits and pre-existing conditions may disqualify you from being a good candidate for chemical peels. These factors include a history of abnormal skin scarring, having a naturally dark complexion and skin tone, and having extra pigmentation of your scars. Particular acne treatments, if performed within the previous year, also may prevent you from receiving a chemical peel. Make sure the doctor at your medical spa goes through your medical history, habits, and medications before beginning work on any procedure.

Chemical peels in Redwood City

GLOW Medical Spa offers four different varieties of chemical peels, some of which can be performed in as little as 30 minutes. Refresh is our lightest peel, and also suitable for any skin type or condition. Signature GLOW is an exclusive chemical peel treatment formulated by our team of cosmetic clinical professionals. Vi Peel can correct discoloration, acne scars, wrinkles, and skin texture issues. TCA Cross is used specifically to treat acne scarring, and often performed in combination with microneedling.

To learn more about any of our chemical peel procedures, call GLOW Medical Spa today at (650) 241-2209 to schedule a consultation.

GLOW Medical Spa is here to serve the skin and beauty needs of patients in Redwood City and throughout the Bay Area of California.