Our doctor also offers a variety of chemical peels that can dramatically resurface and renew skin.
Skin deterioration occurs naturally from the aging process (chronologic aging), sun exposure (photoaging), and environmental and disease-related factors (smoking, acne, poor diet, etc.). Signs of skin deterioration include sallow color, thickened texture, spider veins and pigment spots, wrinkles, and skin laxity.
While a good skin care program can gradually help to reverse these changes, chemical peels have been used for many years to resurface and renew the skin more dramatically.
Types of Chemical Peels
Superficial peels target the outer dead cell layers—the stratum corneum, or epidermis—using glycolic acid, salicylic acid or light TCA. Usually performed by aestheticians, these peels result in a freshened look to the skin with very rapid healing within a few days.
Medium-depth chemical peels—such as Jessner's solution + 35% TCA—penetrate to the upper to mid dermis and are performed by the surgeon. Medium-depth chemical peels provide a more dramatic improvement in skin tone, texture, color and wrinkles, and require five to seven days of healing.
Finally, deep chemical peels—including phenol-based techniques—include the so-called Baker-Gordon and Hetter peels. These peels penetrate to the reticular, or deep, dermis and provide the most dramatic skin tightening, but require a longer healing time of seven to 10 days.
The after-care of chemical peels is most important to ensure optimal healing and is discussed in detail - along with other risks, benefits, and alternatives in consultation with your surgeon. In addition, a good skin care program is also established for long-term maintenance of healthy, glowing skin.
For more information about the kinds of chemical peels available at Facial Plastic & Laser Surgery Center, or to schedule your personalized appointment with us, please call us 309-589-3223.