Today there are a number of medical and cosmetic treatments available to help improve most skin abnormalities. One treatment option that can benefit a variety of patients is the chemical peel. Ranging from mild to strong, most patients can find a peel that will compliment their skin type while improving their skin condition whether it’s to achieve a healthy glow or to correct wrinkles or blemishes.
A chemical peel works as a resurfacing technique that removes the top layers of the skin by means of a chemical, as opposed to heat with a laser or mechanical means with dermabrasion. The chemical is chosen based on the skin type and color of the complexion as well as the skin condition being treated. Acne, aging and discoloration are the usual indications for a chemical peel. New skin is laid down so that pores appear smaller, fine lines are plumped up and seem to disappear and acne and acne discoloration are improved. And no matter what strength of peel is used, recovery time is usually minimal.
The Lupo Center’s three most popular chemical peels are the salicylic acid, glycolic acid and trichloroaceticacid (TCA) peels. There are, however, other peel options that are used in combination with these three peels to give a patient optimal results.
Glycolic acid is the mildest of the peel formulas and is used for the treatment of fine lines, dry skin, uneven pigmentation and acne. As the glycolic acid exfoliates and dead skin cells are removed, healthier, younger-looking skin is formed.
Salicylic acid is a great choice for all skin types and is safe for patients with active acne or rosacea. This peel removes damaged skin caused by aging, acne and the sun to reveal the healthier skin underneath. Combining a salicylic acid peel with a stronger retinoic acid peel is a great way to decrease the visibility of scars, wrinkles and pigmentation.
The TCA peel is the strongest of the three peels, and it is used to correct fine surface wrinkles, blemishes and pigmentation problems. TCA is safe for darker complexions when preformed correctly. A patient can achieve significant results when TCA is combined with a Jessner peel but will have about a week of downtime.
Before any chemical peel is preformed, the doctors at the Lupo Center will set up a pre- and post-peel skin regimen in order to enhance the results. Our doctors often find it beneficial for patients to receive Botox treatments before a peel in order to relax the muscles so the skin heals smoother (see pictures above). To prevent redness, infection and hyperpigmentation after a peel, it is important to keep the skin moist, use daily sunscreen and never pick at the skin. Since sun avoidance after the peel is mandatory, some patients find it easier to receive a chemical peel treatment during the winter months.
A chemical peel is a safe procedure with very few side effects when preformed properly. Dr. Lupo does not recommend over-the-counter chemical peels as the ingredients in the peels can cause significant changes to skin color and even lead to permanent scarring if not used correctly. A trained professional should perform the procedure for safety purposes and overall better results leaving the skin with a healthier, younger-looking glow.
Any patient who purchases a package of three of the same peels by February 28, 2013 will receive 10% off of the package. Don’t forget to mention that you saw this promotion on our blog!