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Chemical Peel

A chemical peel is a procedure that uses a chemical solution to peel away wrinkled, blemished, unevenly pigmented, or sun damaged facial skin. The procedure is non-invasive and poses little risk. The result is softer, smoother, and more youthful looking skin.

Laser resurfacing and chemical peeling are techniques that help reduce wrinkles on the skin. These treatments remove the top layers of the aged skin, allowing new healthy skin to grow back. As a result, wrinkles improve, pigmentation is removed or reduced, and collagen growth is stimulated. Patients typically range from their late thirties to early forties when they begin having these procedures done.

Patients can have these procedures done in the office under local anesthesia with light sedation. The doctor uses the CO2 laser for skin resurfacing, as it produces the best results when used properly. The laser is passed over the skin and an immediate reduction of wrinkles can be seen. After laser, an ointment is applied to facilitate healing of the skin. Patients will have pinkness of the skin after the procedure for at least a few weeks. Most patients return to work in 1-2 weeks. If a chemical peel is done, the chemical (trichloroacetic acid or "TCA") is applied evenly over the face to achieve a smooth result.

Depending on the skin type, color, severity of wrinkling, and the desired goals, The doctor will recommend either the laser or the chemical peel. The success of laser surgery also depends on preparing the skin adequately prior to the treatment so that healing is maximized

Glycolic Peels

By increasing the turnover of cells and exfoliation, glycolic acid peels are effective for decreasing the appearance of small wrinkles, reducing age and sun related hyperpigmentation, unclogging pores and helping to control acne. Peels give the skin a healthy glow. It is an excellent treatment for those who are interested in reducing signs of aging.

Since ancient times chemical peels have been performed to freshen the skin and bleach age spots and freckles. Now, new research has provided us with Alpha Hydroxy Acids. Of all of the Alpha Hydroxy Acids, glycolic acid found in sugar cane has the smallest molecular size and is the most effective. Glycolic acid loosens the bond of the dead skin layer from the live epidermis, producing a smoother, younger looking complexion.

Glycolic acid works on the upper layer of the skin called "epidermis" to cause its normal shedding to become more even. The most superficial layer of the epidermis is called the "keratin". This layer becomes more uniform and less clumpy after a peel giving the skin a smoother feel.

Scientific studies showed that for the best results a series of three glycolic peels should be performed in sequence, approximately two weeks apart. In between the peels and afterwards, glycolic acid cream should be applied twice a day to increase the effectiveness of the peel. Individual maintenance peels can be repeated during the year depending on the response of the skin. The latest findings recommend the more the better. The results of the peel are more noticeable after the 2nd or 3rd peel. No anesthetic is required, and patients feel a tingling sensation during the peel. Peels are virtually non-irritating. One can apply make-up immediately following the glycolic peel, thereby returning to work and normal activities. No recuperation is needed.

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