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Repair Summer Skin Damage with a Chemical Peel

Bright, warm summer days are best spent in the sun at the pool or beach, or on the trail or the sports field. However, all that time in the sun can cause major damage to your skin and seriously dry it out. Exposure to saltwater, sweat, and dirt can have negative effects on your complexion, too.

All that summer fun in the sun can result in facial lines and wrinkles. While moisturizers may help a bit, you may need more intense professional treatment to repair the damage and get your skin ready for fall and winter.

A chemical peel is a simple treatment that can restore your skin, making those lines and wrinkles disappear -- and it only involves a short office visit to complete. Dr. Alicia Sanderson and our staff at Weight Loss and Vitality are skilled at chemical peels and give you a top-notch experience.

What causes wrinkles?

The main cause of wrinkles is the loss of the collagen layer in your skin. Collagen supports your skin, giving it a full, soft, rounded appearance. As a result of aging, your collagen layer becomes thinner, allowing wrinkles and fine lines to appear.

Wrinkles can also be caused by exposure to toxins in the environment. A number of studies have shown that particles and chemicals in the air, especially in urban areas, can cause wrinkles. Exposure to the sun can cause damage and severe drying, especially when you experience a bad sunburn. 

What’s a chemical peel?

A chemical peel is a minimally invasive treatment that improves the appearance of your skin. Usually applied to the face, neck, or hands, this chemical solution causes your skin to exfoliate and encourages the damaged layers to peel off. This reveals a fresh new layer of skin that’s less wrinkled and has fewer lines.

At Weight Loss and Vitality in Washington, DC, and Alexandria, Virginia, our skilled team gives you a great customized chemical peel in a welcoming and relaxing environment. We use only the highest quality products from ZO® Skin Health to give you the best results. After your treatment is complete, you’ll be amazed and impressed by the transformation. 

What is a chemical peel like?

Your chemical peel begins with a gentle cleaning of your face to remove any makeup and wash off oils and dirt on the surface of your skin. We apply a numbing gel or cream for your comfort during the treatment. 

Next, we carefully brush the customized chemical solution onto your skin according to your treatment plan. The peel can be done at different depths depending on your goals. It takes about 30-60 minutes for the mixture to penetrate your skin and complete the treatment. 

When your treatment is finished, you can return to normal activities immediately. You may experience some skin redness, and should avoid being in direct sunlight or wear sunscreen for a few days after your peel. Soon the outer layer of your skin begins to exfoliate, revealing a fresh new layer of radiant skin.  

Have you had a great summer, but paid for it with damage to your complexion? A chemical peel can help restore your skin in a short, easy treatment. Call our office that’s closest to you or click the “request a consultation” button to set up an appointment.

Alicia Sanderson, MD Alicia Sanderson, MD, is a double board-certified otolaryngologist and facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon practicing out of Weight Loss and Vitality. She proudly offers aesthetics treatments to the communities of Alexandria, Virginia, and Washington, DC.Having over 20 years of surgical experience, Dr. Sanderson continues to stay up-to-date with the latest advances and is always on a quest for more knowledge. In addition to her surgical practice, she served in the United States Navy for 20 years in a variety of medical roles. From 2000-2002, she supported operations for Iraqi Freedom by serving as the General Medical Officer for Marine Corps in Miramar, California. Dr. Sanderson’s reputation as one of the world’s best physician’s allowed her the opportunity of being handpicked to be the otolaryngology physician consultant to the White House serving from 2013-2018. Additionally, she was named White House consultant of the year for 2017.

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