Lots of things seem to get slower as we age. Our collagen production slows and our skin sags because of it. Our metabolism slows and we gain weight easier. Our movement slows from a healthy gait to an eventual shuffle. Our brains take longer to solve the daily Atlanta Journal-Constitution crossword.
Even our skin cells don’t shed themselves with the same frequency as they did when we were young. This buildup makes the skin wrinkled, blotchy, and can make it appear somewhat drab. A chemical peel with Dr. Laura Beaty can force some of those skin cells to shed again, rejuvenating the skin as it did in your younger days.
The goal is to remove the top layers of the skin, exposing unlined, new skin beneath. At Beaty Facial Plastic Surgery, we do mostly light and medium chemical peels that use naturally occurring acids, leaving more aggressive skin procedures to our lasers.
What can be addressed with chemical peels?
- Reduce and diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
- Improve skin tone
- Decrease discoloration
- Reduce the appearance of dark areas from pregnancy or birth control pills
- Treat certain forms of acne
- Improve the appearance of minor scars
- Decrease the prominence of sun spots and other sun damage
How do we do chemical peels at Beaty?
The concept behind a chemical peel is to apply a chemical to the facial skin and then allow that chemical to penetrate the layers of the skin, causing peeling in a few days.
At your appointment, your skin is first thoroughly cleaned and your eyes and hair are protected. We then apply the chemical solution to your treatment areas. The solution and its duration on your skin are dependent on the patient’s individual skin conditions. Generally we use glycolic, salicylic acid, or lactic acid for light peels and trichloroacetic acid for medium peels.
Chemical peels vs. laser resurfacing
We offer both chemical peels and various forms of laser resurfacing at Beaty Facial Plastic Surgery and believe both areas can benefit our patients. We don’t perform many deep peels any longer, however. We feel they involve too much risk of scarring and pigmentation problems.