Chemical peels are a powerful way to completely revitalize your appearance, transforming your dull and damaged skin into a radiant and youthful complexion.
What is a chemical peel?
A chemical peel is a non-surgical treatment option that involves removing the damaged outer layers of your skin. To perform the procedure, Dr. Ridgway will apply a specialized acid solution to your face, which will cause the damaged surface layer to blister and peel off. Once that wound has been healed, you will be left with a brand new layer of skin that is brighter, smoother and more youthful than ever.
What can a chemical peel accomplish?
Chemical peels offer an extremely safe and effective way to treat a wide range of skin issues. When performed by a leading Seattle plastic surgeon like Dr. Ridgway, this treatment option revitalizes your appearance by:
- Eliminating fine lines and wrinkles.
- Restoring a youthful complexion.
- Reducing signs of aging under the eyes and around the mouth.
- Treating active acne.
- Improving the appearance of age spots and freckles.
- Creating skin that looks and feels substantially healthier.
- Correcting dark patches of skin.
An overview of a chemical peel
Your Seattle chemical peel will begin with our team thoroughly cleansing your skin to prepare for treatment. We will then apply a custom chemical solution, such as salicylic acid, lactic acid, carbolic acid, glycolic acid, trichloroacetic acid or Jessner solution. The solution chosen will depend on the depth of your peel, as well as the specific issues you’d like addressed. Once they touch your skin, the chemicals will create a controlled wound in the area. As the wound heals, new skin will grow in its place, thus eliminating your damaged skin and unveiling a fresh and vibrant complexion.
Throughout treatment, you will likely feel a slight burning and stinging sensation, though Dr. Ridgway will ensure you are as comfortable as possible. For example, if you have a low threshold for pain, or you are having a deeper chemical peel, he may administer pain medication during and after treatment to ensure it’s a pleasant experience.
What to expect during recovery
The recovery of your chemical peel is as important as the actual procedure, because it’s when the undamaged outer layer of your skin peels off and your new, undamaged skin appears. Though every patient is unique, you can expect your new layer of skin to emerge within one week, with a full recovery occurring at two weeks. However, this could change if you have a lighter or deeper peel.
As you recover, you will experience some redness, crusting and stinging in the area. This is completely normal and a sign that you are healing properly. During this time, it’s important to avoid strenuous exercise, sun exposure and sweating, as these things can irritate the area and prevent you from achieving an optimal outcome.
Are you a candidate for a chemical peel?
Dr. Ridgway is deeply committed to personalized patient care. As such, he determines candidacy for all of his patients on an individual basis, after carefully evaluating the skin imperfections that concern them most. With that said, to be considered a candidate for a chemical peel, you should want to treat skin issues the treatment can address. For example, if you want to reverse sagging skin or advanced signs of aging, a chemical peel will not be in your best interest, as you will likely benefit from a more aggressive procedure. You should also be a non-smoker, in good general health and not currently taking the medication Accutane.
Although these guidelines should give you an idea of who can benefit from among the best chemical peel Bellevue has to offer, the only way to know for sure if you are an ideal candidate is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Ridgway today. During that appointment, he will walk you through the procedure and help you determine if it is in your best interest.
Chemical Peel Options
ZO Skin Health Stimulator Peel
ZO Skin Health Stimulator Peel is a groundbreaking beta/alpha acid peel that encourages optimal skin cell regeneration, reduces fine lines, and improves your skin’s textural evenness without any downtime. The ZO Stimulator Peel is often called the “Red Carpet Peel” because it’s a favorite amongst celebrities just before major red carpet events.
This chemical peel uses three primary ingredients — salicylic acid, lactic acid, and citric acid — to scrub away the uppermost layers of the skin and reveal the unblemished skin underneath. Besides removing the surface irregularities, they also encourage skin cell regeneration and collagen production to tighten your skin tissues.
ZO Skin Health 3-Step Peel
ZO Skin Health 3-Step Peel is a deep exfoliating product used to treat wrinkles, melasma, enlarged pores, acne scars, sun damage, and dullness. As the name suggests, this unique peeling solution comes with three components corresponding to different steps. You have to follow through with all three steps to ensure optimal results.
First, the ZO Peel exfoliates and dissolves the uppermost layers of your skin, removing all textural irregularities. Second, the Stimulating Retinol Creme activates cellular regeneration and collagen production to tighten your skin tissues. Third, the Calming Creme minimizes redness and irritation to soothe your post-treatment skin.
TCA Peel is one of the most popular chemical peels used to treat discoloration problems, acne scars, fine lines, wrinkles, dullness, and other skin concerns. This chemical peel comprises trichloroacetic acid (TCA), a powerful component that dissolves and washes away the dead or damaged skin cells and encourages collagen production.
Once the damaged skin is removed, it reveals the smoother, brighter, and younger skin underneath. Meanwhile, as your body produces more collagen, your skin eventually looks and feels firm and taut. As such, the TCA peel produces short-term and long-term skincare benefits.
Schedule a consultation
If you are ready to revitalize the appearance of your skin, we encourage you to schedule a consultation for among the best chemical peel Bellevue has to offer with Dr. James M. Ridgway. During your private meeting, he will carefully evaluate the imperfections and signs of aging that concern you most, before composing a custom treatment plan designed to achieve your ideal facial appearance.Schedule a consultation