Chemical Peels

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Be Well

Primary Care & Medical Aesthetics located in Lynnwood, WA

Fight the effects of time, sun damage, and environmental assaults with a chemical peel wrinkle treatment from a caring doctor you can trust. James Bowers, MD, offers a variety of aesthetic treatments like chemical peels that restore your complexion by taking years off aging skin in the Lynnwood, Washington area. For chemical peels that give you radiant-looking skin with minimal downtown, call or schedule an appointment online with Be Well By Sound Health Physicians.

Chemical Peels Q & A

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What is a chemical peel?

A chemical peel is an aesthetic resurfacing technique designed to improve the appearance of your skin.

Typically used on the face, neck, or hands, this procedure uses a chemical solution applied to the skin as an exfoliant. When your skin peels off, you find fresh, regenerated skin that’s smoother than before. There are also fewer fine lines and wrinkles that remain.

How do chemical peels work?

There are three types of chemical peels: superficial, medium, and deep.

Superficial peels (light)

Also called “lunchtime peels,” this type of chemical peel uses a mild acid like alpha hydroxy to gently exfoliate the outer layer of your skin. This type of chemical peel can correct slight skin discoloration, texture, and give a refreshed appearance.

Medium peels

This type of chemical peel uses trichloroacetic or glycolic acid to reach beyond the surface of the skin to remove damaged skin cells from middle layers as well. An effective treatment for age spots, moderate skin discolorations, and fine lines, a medium peel can also treat some skin growths and improve skin tone.

Deep peels

Deep peels use phenol or trichloroacetic acid for deep penetration. This peel can remove skin discolorations like freckles and age spots, as well as moderate lines and shallow scars. Deep peels provide dramatic results, but can only be done once, and only on the face.

What can I expect from a chemical peel?

At your appointment, Dr. Bowers reviews your medical history, physical exam, and discusses your expectations for the chemical peel treatment.

To prepare for your chemical peel, the team at Be Well may clean your face and cover your eyes with protective ointment, gauze, or goggles. Superficial peels typically don’t require pain relief, but if you have a medium peel, Dr. Bowers might administer a mild anesthetic. Deep chemical peels usually require skin-numbing agents for your comfort.

During your chemical peel, a chemical solution is applied to your skin. The treated skin begins to whiten, and you might feel a mild stinging sensation. A neutralizing solution may be applied to the treatment site.

Following your chemical peel, you might experience red, dry, or irritated skin. Your new skin typically develops within a week, and Dr. Bowers might recommend ointments or pain relievers for your comfort.

Call Be Well or schedule a chemical peel consultation online today to learn more.

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