Maryland Chemical PeelChemical peels are one of the most popular cosmetic procedures that patients avail themselves of today. Chemical peels can give your skin a healthy, “just refreshed” look, or can be aggressive, taking years off of your appearance.

The outer portion of the skin (epidermis) is composed of multiple layers of epidermal cells. These cells provide a barrier against the environment, protecting deeper, more delicate tissues, maintain an even internal temperature and also prevent against dehydration.

Epidermal cells are anchored together in two ways. Microscopic fibers called tonofilaments run between individual cells, helping anchor them together. An extracellular surrounds each cell, acting as a sort of “glue” to further keep cells together. Over time, these cells are invisibly shed through the body’s natural means of exfoliation. Speeding up this process can instantly restore a more youthful glow to the skin and address other subtle signs of the aging process.

[maxbutton id=”1″]Whereas microdermabrasion breaks the tonofilaments through the act of physical exfoliation, chemical peels work to dissolve the “glue”. One of the most frequent questions is which procedure is better? The answer is that each works well, but neither provides a thorough exfoliation when used alone. That is why incorporating both treatments into a regimen can produce a much more satisfying result.

Just like other cosmetic procedures, there is a wide range of chemical combinations, strengths and techniques used that can make it overwhelming to decide which is best for you.

The Austin-Weston Center for Cosmetic Surgery offers Lactic Acid, Glycolic Acid in varying strengths, a Modified Jessner, TCA (Trichloric Acid) Salicylic Acid and for those who are not a candidate for acids a pharmaceutical strength enzyme peel.