What you should know about Chemical Peels
Chemical peels are used to reduce the fine wrinkles and eliminate the pigmented spots on the skin. They gently remove the outer (damaged) layers of the skin and stimulate the formation of new, healthy skin. Recovery varies with the type of peel between 1 day and 3 weeks. Why not remove 10 years from your face? You can look good and feel better again!
Excellent cosmetic procedures, chemical peels involve less risk and recovery time than laser skin resurfacing and provide equivalent or better results. They can be done in the office under less than 30 min.
The following types of chemical peels give the best results:
Glycolic Acid Peel – the mildest of the peel formulas, is used to remove fine wrinkles, acne scars and dry skin. Over time, the Glycolic Acid Peel will lead to improved skin texture. It does not affect deeper spots, as they work mainly on the surface of the skin. The downtime is short (1 day) but at least 5 treatments are necessary at 3-4 week intervals to achieve the desired result.
Trichloroacetic Acid (TCA) Peels – are commonly used for medium-depth skin treatments. They remove the more pronounced wrinkles, spots or acne scars from the skin. They have a downtime of 2-3 weeks but the result lasts a couple of years.
Before the procedure, a special skin preparation will be started 1-2 months prior. This will be prescribed to you at the time of your initial visit and will improve the results. After the procedure it is extremely important to follow the skin care instructions given by the physician. Your result depends on it.
Length of procedure: 20-30 min
Anesthesia: topical cream (Emla) and local anesthetic
Setting: office procedure
Downtime: 3 days to 2 weeks