In our last post we broke down the process of receiving a skin peel. Now that you may be considering this procedure a little more seriously, it is important to know the differences between the three different peels you can get. Granted, there are many kinds of peels, however for the most part they tend to fall into one of three categories: superficial peels, medium depth peels and deep peels.
Superficial Peels
These are the simplest and fastest skin peels you can have done. They are known as “lunchtime peels” for this reason. You can leave the office and be back in less than an hour with a hardly noticeable red tint to your skin. If you are someone who enjoys instant gratification, then a superficial peel may be the way to go. If you experience any side effects at all they will most likely be limited to dry and tight skin that will subside after just a few days.
Medium Depth Peels
These peels work different than superficial peels as they affect deeper layers of the skin. Medium depth peels penetrate your skin to the border of the dermis, removing the top few layers of skin where blemishes and other skin imperfections are normally present. Although this sort of peel does somewhat damage the skin, once the downtime has passed you won’t believe that the skin on your face is actually yours.
Deep Peels
With any context at all you could guess that a deep peel is the most intense of all three. These peels are made from carbolic acid and should only be used to treat deep fixed wrinkles and extreme sun damage. These peels are very effective but do have some more serious side effects for some people. These include dramatically lighter skin and extreme pigment differences between the face and the neck. Most often a laser treatment will be suggested to you instead of a deep peel, due to the recovery time and side effects not being as extreme with new processes.