May 1
By William P. Baugh

Chemical peel typesUndergoing cosmetic dermatology treatments at our Fullerton, CA skin care center can work wonders for your appearance. A chemical peel can leave you looking years younger and much more refreshed. More and more people are turning to non-surgical treatments like chemical peels to look their best.

Chemical peels are not for everyone, which is why the consultation process is crucial to success. Let’s take a moment to consider who is an ideal candidate for a chemical peel. This should help you understand what some of your treatment options may be.

General Candidacy for Chemical Peels

Good candidates for chemical peels are people who suffer from problems related to the appearance of skin. The would like to have skin that is smoother and looks healthier, and would prefer to avoid more invasive therapies or surgery in general.

Conditions Chemical Peels Can Treat

Chemical peels are an ideal option for treating the following conditions:

  • Fine lines around the eyes
  • Fine lines around the mouth
  • Cosmetic problems related to sun damage
  • Certain kinds of acne
  • Mild blemishes
  • Minor scarring
  • Age spots
  • Freckles
  • Uneven skin pigmentation
  • Rough skin

Chemical peels may be right for you if these describe your current skin condition.

Skin Quality and Pigment

In general, chemical peels work better on people of fair complexion and lighter hair. The chemicals used may cause adverse scarring on certain skin types. Given these risks, a careful screening and consultation will be required to assess the potential changes to skin tone from a peel.

Knowing the Risks and Benefits

As with any cosmetic procedure, it’s important that patients understand the risks and benefits that are associated with a chemical peel before it is performed. By knowing the risks and benefits, patients can make smart, well-informed decisions about their needs.

Realistic Expectations About Treatment

Chemical peels can be quite effective, but patients must have realistic expectations about the nature of treatment and what it can achieve. Realistic expectations lead to better overall patient satisfaction, and perhaps better overall outcomes from treatment.

Reasons Why Someone May Reconsider a Chemical Peel

While chemical peels are a great option for many people, some people may want to avoid undergoing these kinds of treatment. That includes the following:

  • People who have a history of abnormal scarring
  • People whose scars tend to differ in pigment from the rest of their skin
  • People with a very dark complexion or skin tone
  • People who have undergone professional acne treatments in the last year
  • People with medical conditions that result in severe sensitive skin

During the consultation process, we can go over your candidacy for chemical peel treatment in much greater detail.

When Surgery May Be More Ideal

Facial plastic surgery may be more ideal for a patient if they suffer from major lines and wrinkles, particularly around the eyes and forehead. A chemical peel and most other non-surgical treatments won’t be able to meet the needs of those patients, though these treatments may be right after a surgical procedure to help enhance the results.

During the consultation process, we will consider your many other options for aesthetic enhancement, and how a chemical peel may figure into your needs.

Learn More About Chemical Peels

To learn more about chemical peels and whether or not they are a good option for you, be sure to contact the team at Full Spectrum Dermatology. We will help you make the right decision based on your aesthetic goals and medical realities.

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