Skin Chemical Peel

Sun exposure, acne or just getting older can leave your skin tone uneven, wrinkled, spotted or scarred. If you want your skin to look smoother and younger, consider a skin chemical peel, which uses a chemical solution to smooth the texture of your skin by removing the damaged outer layers.

What is a Skin Chemical Peel?

Skin Chemical peels, also known as chemexfoliation or derma-peeling, are a technique used to improve the appearance of the skin. In this treatment, a chemical solution is applied to the skin, which causes it to “blister” and eventually peel off. The new, regenerated skin is usually smoother and less wrinkled than the old skin. The new skin also is temporarily more sensitive to the sun.

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What Areas Do a Skin Chemical Peel Treat?

Chemical peels are performed on the face, neck, or hands. They can be used to reduce fine lines under the eyes and around the mouth. Treat wrinkles caused by sun damage, aging, and family history. Improve the appearance of mild scarring. Reduce age spots, freckles, and dark patches due to pregnancy or taking birth control pills (melasma). Improve the look and feel of skin that is dull in texture and color Areas of sun damage, which may contain pre-cancerous keratoses that appear as scaly spots, may improve after chemical peeling. Following treatment, new pre-cancerous lesions are less likely to appear. However, sags, bulges, and more severe wrinkles do not respond well to chemical peels. They may require other kinds of cosmetic surgical procedures, such as carbon dioxide laser resurfacing, a facelift, brow lift, eyelid lift, or soft tissue filler (collagen or fat). A dermatologic surgeon can help determine the most appropriate type of treatment for each individual case.

Who Is a Good Candidate For a Skin Chemical Peel?

Generally, fair-skinned and light-haired patients are ideal candidates for chemical peels. Darker skin types may also have good results, depending upon the type of problem being treated. However, the risk of an uneven skin tone after the procedure is increased.

How Are Chemical Peels Performed?

A skin chemical peel can be performed in a doctor’s office or in a surgery center as an outpatient procedure. The skin is thoroughly cleansed with an agent that removes excess oils and the eyes and hair are protected. One or more chemical solutions, such as glycolic acid, trichloroacetic acid, salicylic acid, lactic acid, or carbolic acid (phenol), are applied to small areas on the skin. These applications produce a controlled wound, enabling new, regenerated skin to appear.

Weight Management

When it comes to choosing a weight management program there are many choices; chances are you have already tried many of them. Let us help you find the one that will be your last – the one that will help you break your dieting cycle so you can start enjoying the healthier, thinner life you want.

Helpful Tips

Portion your meals in a calorie-conscious manner

One quarter of your plate should comprise a palm-size portion of lean protein, such as salmon or chicken breast; another quarter should comprise a fist-size portion of unrefined grain, such as brown rice; and one-half of your plate should be filled with a variety of colorful vegetables. If you are still hungry after eating your meal, try waiting about 20 minutes to allow your food to digest. If you are still hungry, eat a tossed salad, extra vegetables, or a small piece of fruit.

Do not skip meals

Eating three meals a day plus snacks is essential in weight management. Don’t forget breakfast! Eating breakfast in the morning jump-starts your metabolism. Remember that food is your body’s fuel: without it, your body cannot work as efficiently.

Front-load your calories

Eat the majority of your calories in the first half of your day. Enjoy portion-controlled snacks during the day to keep hunger under control at night. After all, you’re generally most active during the day. Choose lighter dinners to coincide with evenings when you are less active.

Double up on fiber

Most women do not receive the 25-30 grams of fiber recommended each day. To help you boost your fiber intake, choose whole-grain, high-fiber breads and cereals; choose whole-wheat pasta and rice instead of white; and include more dried beans in your meals. Fiber helps fill you up faster, which can cause you to eat less and curb hunger. Most importantly, soluble fiber can help lower you cholesterol.

Good Food Sources of Fiber Insoluble Fiber:

whole-wheat products like breads, pastas, cereals, wheat and corn bran, the skins of fruit and root vegetables, and most vegetables (like broccoli, potatoes and green beans). Soluble Fiber: oats, oat bran, barley, psyllium, legumes like dried beans and split peas, most fruits and vegetables. Exercise daily Participate in physical activity daily as recommended by your physician or exercise physiologist.

Include 5 servings of fruits and vegetables per day

Fruits and vegetables are a great source of vitamins, minerals, and fiber. They are naturally low in calories and fat. Eat at least 2-3 servings of fruit daily Avoid juice and canned fruit Eat fruits with the skin for added fiber and nutrients Have plenty of vegetables with lunch and dinner daily. They are also great as a snack. Drink plenty of water Include 6 to 8 glasses of fluid each day. It’ll help keep you adequately hydrated and often helps prevent overeating.