Chemical Peels Are Just One Way To Rejuvenate Your Skin
A chemical peel is a common procedure used to remove the superficial layers of the skin in order to allow new and healthier skin to grow. This induces collagen production, tightens the skin and removes fine wrinkling, sun damaged skin and some pigmentation problems.
Chemical peels have been a practiced cosmetic procedure since ancient times. The Egyptians, Greeks and Romans used various types of topical solutions derived from plants to improve skin conditions. In the past 100 years, more powerful chemicals such as trichloroacetic acid (TCA) and different phenol formulations have been popular, but with the advent of laser resurfacing techniques, chemical peels became less commonplace. As the limitations and complications of laser technologies are now better understood, peels are again increasing in popularity.
Peels are attractive to many patients because of the predictability of their results, their strong safety record, and because we have the ability to tailor the procedure to the specific needs of the patient.
Types of Chemical Peels
Chemical peels are divided into three categories (superficial, medium, and deep) depending on the depth of penetration. Glycolic acid and Jessner’s peels are examples of superficial chemical peels that are commonly and successfully used by well-trained estheticians.
Dr. Gantous uses 35% TCA peels for the treatment of fine lines around the eyes and lips and for rejuvenation of the entire face. Wrinkles, pigmentation changes, and improvement of the skin quality can all be achieved with this treatment. The procedure is usually performed on out patients in the office and does not require any anaesthesia. The recovery period ranges from a few days to one week depending on the individual.
Peels are almost always paired with a good skin care program in order to both prepare the skin pre-treatment, and to maintain the results long term.
During the private consultation, Dr. Gantous will discuss whether a chemical peel is appropriate for the specific concerns that the patient may have.