Reveal Glowing Skin
Chemical or TCA peeling is a technique used to improve the appearance of the skin on the face, neck or hands. Dermatologic surgeons have used various peeling agents for the last 50 years, and the type of chemical peel is individualized for your skin type and lifestyle. They are used to rejuvenate your skin by reducing fine wrinkles/lines, blotchy skin, and superficial acne and acne scarring.
How do chemical peels work?
Chemical peels remove the outer layers of the skin to reveal new skin underneath. During a chemical peel, the provider applies the solution to small areas on the skin. These applications produce a controlled wound, enabling new, refreshed skin to appear. You should be on a skin care regimen, which is formulated during your consultation, for at least two weeks prior to chemical peel for optimum results.
What are the side effects of chemical peels?
Complications can be minimized by careful attention to the instructions, including frequent hand washing and avoidance of sun exposure. They include:
- Skin infection
- Burns have occurred if peel solutions are too strong or left on too long. These are usually superficial and heal well.
- Increase or decrease in skin color, which is usually temporary
Is the downtime with a chemical peel?
Down time depends on strength of peel. Some have no down time, while others have few days of healing. Superficial peeling (glycolic acid, sal acid) usually involves redness, followed by scaling that ends within three to seven days. Medium-depth peeling (trichloracetic acid – TCA) may result in areas of skin that may break, crust, turn brown, and peel off over a period of 7 – 10 days.
When will I see results from a chemical peel treatment?
The results of a TCA peel are visible after seven to 10 days as new skin layers form. Repeat peels are often recommended for best results and can be performed as early as 4 to 6 months for medium depth peels, and every 2 to 3 weeks for superficial peels. It can be used alone or with other procedures such as laser rejuvenation, injectable fillers and botulinum neuromodulators (i.e. Botox®) to enhance these results.
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*Results may vary per patient.