CHEMICAL PEELS

Chemical peels are especially useful for moderate wrinkles on cheeks, forehead, and around the eyes, and vertical wrinkles around the mouth. This procedure will restore wrinkled, blemished, unevenly pigmented, or sun damaged skin, using a chemical solution to peel away skin’s top layers.  

Peel formulas at a glance:

Alphahydroxy acids (AHAs)

• Smooths rough dry skin
• Improves texture of sun damaged skin
• Aids in control of acne
• Can be mixed with bleaching agent to correct pigment problems
• Can be used as a TCA pre-treatment

Considerations:

• A series of peels may be needed
• As with most peel treatments, sunblock use is recommended

Trichloroacetic acid (TCA)

A nontoxic chemical which has been used to perform skin peels for over 30 years. The function of a skin peel is to create an even controlled shedding of several layers of damaged cells. This exposes a new fresh layer of skin with a more even color and smoother texture.  In addition, the peel stimulates new cells to grow, thereby tightening the skin, which decreases wrinkling. TCA peels can effectively improve many conditions, including: dull weathered skin, freckling, blotchy pigmentation, sun damage, fine wrinkles and shallow acne scars. Unlike other peels, those done with TCA usually do not permanently lighten the skin. Therefore, it can be performed on patients with darker skin types, including Hispanics, Asians, and African Americans.

Uses:

• Smooths out fine surface wrinkles
• Removes superficial blemishes
• Corrects pigment problems

Considerations:

• Can be used on neck or other body areas
• May require pre-treatment with Retin-A or AHA creams
• Treatment takes only 1-15 minutes
• Preferred for darker skinned patients
• Peel depth can be adjusted
• Repeat treatment may be needed to maintain results
• Sunblock must be used for several months
• Healing is usually quick, much quicker than with a phenol peel

Phenol Peels

Uses:

• Corrects blotches caused by sun exposure, birth-control pills, aging
• Smooths out coarse wrinkles
• Removes pre-cancerous growths

Considerations:

• Used on the face only
• Not recommended for dark-skinned individuals
• Procedure may pose risk for patients with heart problems
• Full-face treatment may take one hour or more
• Recovery may be slow – Complete healing may take several months
• May permanently remove facial freckles
• Sun protection, including sunblock, must always be used.
• Results are dramatic and long-lasting
• Permanent skin lightening and lines of demarcation may occur

 
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