When it comes to skin health, virtually everyone has something they are concerned about. Whether it’s acne scars, wrinkles, or hyperpigmentation, almost everybody deals with something that they wish looked better. Naturally, these patients seek out cosmetic treatments that can help them improve their look, like chemical peels in Tijuana

Chemical peels are a great option for patients looking to achieve a sizable amount of skin resurfacing. By removing the top layer of the epidermis, chemical peels help reveal smooth, vibrant skin that leaves patients looking healthier and younger.

What is a chemical peel?

As the name implies, chemical peels involve chemical solutions that are applied directly to the skin. These solutions work by dissolving the top layer of the skin so that the fresh skin beneath is revealed. Various different types of solutions can be used in a chemical peel treatment, including glycolic acid, trichloroacetic acid, salicylic acid, lactic acid, and carbolic acid (phenol). 

What are the benefits of chemical peels?

  • Combats acne
  • Reduces the size of pores
  • Fades out fine lines and wrinkles
  • Reverses discoloration and hyperpigmentation
  • Exfoliates the top layer of skin
  • Smoothes out raised scars
  • Gives the skin a more balanced texture
  • Smooths out the skin
  • New collagen and skin cell growth
  • Skincare regimens are more effective due to better penetration ability following exfoliation

Who is an ideal candidate for chemical peels?

Fair-skinned, light-haired individuals are usually considered to be the best candidates for chemical peels. This is simply because the results are more effective and apparent on their skin. 

Generally speaking, patients with the following conditions are not considered to be good candidates for chemical peels:

  • A history of irregular scarring on the skin
  • A naturally dark skin tone 
  • Skin that is naturally prone to have darker scars
  • Received certain acne treatments within the last few years
  • Certain skin conditions and medications that make the skin more sensitive than usual 

What does a chemical peel entail?

At The Ariel Center, before moving forward with the chemical peel in Tijuana, a test is often carried out to ensure that the patient doesn’t have an allergic reaction to the solution. A small dab may be applied behind their ears or in another obscure location to see how the patient reacts. If there is no reaction, it is considered safe to proceed. 

A cotton-tipped applicator is used to apply the solution to the skin delicately. The length of the procedure will ultimately depend on the size of the area being treated. Chemical peels are often carried out in 15-minute intervals to limit the patient’s exposure to the chemical solution. 

What is the recovery process like?

The length of recovery will vary based on the depth of the chemical peel. Certain solutions penetrate deeper into the skin, meaning the healing process will take a bit longer. On average, it can take anywhere from 7 to 14 days to fully heal from a chemical peel. While recovery can take a week or longer, patients can return to work and other activities immediately. There is virtually no downtime, and patients can wear makeup to hide any redness that may be present (although they usually have to wait 24 hours). 

Here are some guidelines following a chemical peel:

  • Don’t pick at the dead skin
  • Make sure to apply ample sunscreen before going out
  • Apply plenty of moisturizers (but not too much)
  • Use cold compresses, if needed
  • Don’t exfoliate the skin
  • Be patient while awaiting the results
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Why choose the Ariel Center?

Dr. Alberto Rancati is a highly respected plastic and oncoplastic surgeon. His name has become known worldwide thanks to his extensive research and fieldwork, which have resulted in over 50 peer-reviewed articles. When he’s not helping patients at the Ariel Center make their aesthetic dreams a reality, he spends his time serving as a Professor of Surgery at various top-rated universities, including the University of San Diego, CFS, and University Florida International University.

At the Ariel Center, our team keeps up with the latest developments in the world of cosmetology to ensure that our patients get only the best care using the most innovative technology available. Above all, we pride ourselves on our commitment to patient satisfaction, working with our clients every step of the way to ensure that they are comfortable and content with the process. 

Reach out to our office today to set up a consultation for a chemical peel in Tijuana.

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