Something you may not know is that our skin cells turn over, revealing new, fresh ones each day. However, when we are dealing with skin issues, we may want this process to happen a bit faster. Dr. Brueck recommends a chemical peel, which can help to improve the appearance of your facial skin.
What is a Facial Chemical Peel?
Chemical peels can be done on the face and neck, and can be used to:
- Lessen the appearance of fine lines underneath the eyes and near the mouth
- Reduce the appearance of wrinkles produced by sun damage and aging
- Correct the appearance of mild scars
- Correct certain forms of acne
- Reduce the appearance of freckles, age spots, and dark patches known as melasma, which can occur due to pregnancy or taking birth control pills
- Improve the appearance and texture of the skin
- Improve areas with sun damage
Am I a good candidate for a chemical peel?
In general, patients with fair skin and lighter hair are ideal candidates for a chemical peel. If a patient has darker skin, they may also experience good results, but they may be more prone to uneven skin tone after the peel. It is essential to discuss your skin goals with Dr. Brueck before the peel at his Ft. Myers office.
Patients should be aware that sagging skin, bulges, and deep wrinkles are not corrected by chemical peels. Other cosmetic or surgical procedures are often needed for these concerns, like laser resurfacing, brow lift, facelift, eyelid lift, or soft tissue filler with collagen or fat. Dr. Brueck can help determine the best type of treatment for you.
What can I expect from a chemical peel?
After receiving a chemical peel, patients can expect their skin to be more sensitive to the sun temporarily, so it is advised to apply broad-spectrum sunscreen every day. With a broad spectrum formula, you can be sure you are protected from both UVA and UVB rays. Patients should also avoid spending time in the sun between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., when the sun’s rays are the strongest. A wide brimmed-hat can help to keep the sun off of your face.
Before you get a Chemical Peel
Be sure to inform Dr. Brueck about any history of scarring, cold sores, or facial X-rays that you may have. Dr. Brueck may also ask you to discontinue the use of certain types of drugs before your peel, and to prep your skin with certain medications, for example, Retin-A, Renova, or glycolic acid. Antibiotics or antiviral drugs may also be prescribed.
You can work with Dr. Brueck to determine the strength of your peel. This decision will depend upon the condition of your skin and your individual treatment goals. Call 239-939-5233 to schedule your appointment at Beauty by Brueck.