What is a chemical peel?
A chemical peel improves the texture of the skin by using a chemical solution to smooth out and improve the overall facial structure by removing damaged layers. Chemical peels are effective in repairing damaged skin, such as facial blemishes, wrinkles and uneven skin pigmentation. They may also remove pre-cancerous skin growths, soften acne scars, and even control acne. A chemical peel may not be able to slow the aging process, but will improve the condition of your skin and take years off of your skin.
You may be a good candidate for a chemical peel if you:
• Want to enhance your appearance by removing facial wrinkles and blemishes
• Have coarse facial wrinkles, blemishes caused by sun exposure, or precancerous growths
Certain skin pigmentations are not good for chemical peels because the procedures can lighten the skin on the treated areas. Therefore, to find out if you are a good candidate for a chemical peel, schedule a consultation at the Women’s Institute of Cosmetic & Laser Surgery.
Risks and uncertainties:
- Uneven pigment changes
Peel formulas in chemical peels:
Phenol, trichloroacetic acid (TCA) and alphahydroxy acids (AHAs) are the formulas used in chemical peels, and may be adjusted to meet each individuals needs.
AHAs: Smoothes rough dry skin, improves the texture of sun-damaged skin, and aids in the control of acne.
A series of chemical peels may be required for this formula
TCA: Smoothes out fine service wrinkles, removes superficial blemishes, and corrects pigment problems.
Can be used on the neck and other body areas; preferred for dark-skinned patients.
This peel is preformed by a doctor.
Repeat treatment may be required for optimal results
Phenol: Corrects blotches caused by sun exposure, smoothes out coarse wrinkles and removes pre-cancerous growths.
Not recommended for dark-skinned patients and recovery may be slow.
Results are dramatic and long-lasting
What to expect during your consultation:
During your initial consultation, feel free to discuss your expectations and goals with our registered nurse. This is your time to ask all of your questions and/or voice concerns. She will explain the process in detail, including important information regarding the risks, benefits, and the recovery process.
How does a chemical peel work?
Before receiving a chemical peel treatment, our surgeon will provide you with a prescription medication to pre-treat the skin. Sometimes Retin-A is prescribed, which is infused with Vitamin A.
This will be in an office-based procedure, office-based surgical facility, or an outpatient surgery center depending on the type of the chemical peel. No anesthesia is required.
The doctor or nurse depending on which peel you are getting, will cleanse the skin before the procedure and the peel will be applied for the required time needed for that peel. The amount of time each peel takes varies.
After the treatment
Expect flaking or scaling, redness, and dryness of the skin. Once the skin adjusts to the treatment this will disappear. It is important to use plenty of sun block after a chemical peel treatment. Depending on how deep the chemical peel was, recovery differs on each individual treatment and how the patient’s skin reacts.