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Chemical Peel

If you want to improve the appearance of your skin, skin rejuvenation or resurfacing may be right for you. Skin rejuvenation can be achieved in a number of ways, ranging from laser treatments to chemical peels and other non-ablative methods. The result is a smoother, clearer and more youthful appearance to your skin.

Skin Rejuvenation Overview

Skin rejuvenation is a treatment to resurface your skin, or to improve the texture, clarity and overall appearance of your skin.

Conditions that can be treated include:

  • Static wrinkles: These wrinkles are visible at all times and do not change in appearance with facial movements.
  • Dynamic wrinkles: These are expression lines that may appear as folds when the skin is not moving, and deepen with facial movements or expressions.
  • Pigmentation: Freckles, sun spots, melasma, or other darkened patches of skin result mainly from sun exposure.
  • Scars: As the result of acne or injury to the skin, scars may be rolling (a wavy appearance to the skin), pitted, discolored, or have raised borders.
  • Vascular conditions: Blood vessels visible on the surface of the skin, vascular lesions that appear as tiny blood filled blisters or even a constant flush of facial redness.
  • Loss of skin tone: Weakening of the supportive skin structure (collagen and elastin fibers) that results in a loss of skin firmness, or the development of cellulite.

Chemical Peels

Chemical peels are designed to enhance skin quality by removing its damaged outer layers, in order to create a smoother surface and improve its texture. It can treat the face, neck, chest, arms, hands, and legs. This cosmetic treatment may be useful for individuals with facial blemishes, wrinkles, uneven pigmentation, precancerous skin growths, and acne. The chemical solutions we prefer are: Alphahydroxy acids (AHAs, glycolic acid), Betahydroxy acids (salicylic acid), Jessner’s peel, and trichloroacetic acid (TCA) peels.  One of our featured chemical peel products are the Skinprint Peels that acheive a very even and thorough, but gentle skin resurfacing.

Preparing for Your Treatment

About two to three weeks before getting a chemical peel, a patient must prepare the skin by cleansing it twice a day, applying a special moisturizer and sunscreen, and use tretinoin (Retin-A A) every day. First, the skin is thoroughly cleansed with an agent that will remove excess oils, whilst protecting the hair and skin. Depending on your condition, the chemical peel solution can be applied to the entire face or specific regions, such as the “crow’s feet” area or near the nasolabial folds. It is applied using a sponge, cotton pad or depending on the size of the area, a cotton swab or brush. The doctor carefully observes the skin and, based on the changes, determines how long the solution should stay on.

Your Consultation

While not as involved as surgical cosmetic procedures, skin rejuvenation is a medical procedure.

Be prepared to discuss:

  • Why you want the procedure, your expectations and desired outcome
  • Medical conditions, drug allergies and medical treatments
  • Use of current medications (especially Accutane use), vitamins, herbal supplements, alcohol, tobacco and drugs
  • Past cosmetic treatments

Your plastic surgeon and aesthetician may also:

  • Evaluate your specific skin type and how it may react to the procedure
  • Take photographs for your medical record
  • Discuss your options and recommend a course of treatment
  • Discuss likely outcomes of a skin rejuvenation and any risks or potential complications.

The risks include:

  • Infection
  • Pigmentation irregularities
  • Textural changes
  • Skin surface irregularities
  • Burns and scarring

Careful consideration of your natural skin color and type will determine the treatment best suited for you to minimize the risk of developing additional pigmentation or a loss of pigmentation (whitening of the skin).

Your Recovery

A series of treatments are required to achieve improvement in skin texture and clarity and repeated treatments are essential to maintain your results.

Temporary sun sensitivity, redness, burning, itching, pain, and discomfort (degree may vary with each peel).  Moderate discomfort and mild swelling should subside within the first week. Patients should use a broad-spectrum sunscreen everyday and avoid sun exposure unless adequately protected. Return to work: 1 week to 10 days (the skin will be healed enough to wear makeup).

From subtle to dramatic results, chemical peels offer temporary to long-lasting results; although not immune to sun damage and the effects of aging.

A special note about sun exposure: Absolute sun protection is essential for the first year after any of these resurfacing treatments to prevent irregular pigmentation. Diligent sun protection for life will help to maintain your new, younger, smoother skin.