Before laser treatments for skin wrinkling, pigmentation, discolorations or sun damage there were chemical peels. The use of chemical peels has been a long-standing and effective therapy to help reduce fine lines, brown spots and improve the texture of the skin. Dr. Deniz Gerecci often uses chemical peels as a complement to other surgical procedures to improve the appearance of the skin and erase unwanted spots.
AM I A GOOD CANDIDATE FOR A CHEMICAL PEEL SKIN RESURFACING?
Chemical peels can be applied to a range of different skin types with the applicable cosmetic concerns. Depending on the type of peel utilized, a patient may benefit from a chemical peel if they:
areas of hyperpigmentation
fine lines and wrinkles of the face, neck, and chest
HOW IS CHEMICAL PEEL SKIN RESURFACING PERFORMED?
Chemical peels can be performed using topical anesthetic, sedation or a general anesthetic on an outpatient basis. The skin is prepared by removing all oils from the surface, and a combination of chemicals are applied to the skin. There are several variations in the composition of chemical peels and Dr. Gerecci will tailor each peel to the appropriate depth needed to obtain a natural and effective result.
WHAT TO EXPECT AFTER CHEMICAL PEEL SKIN RESURFACING
The amount of downtime associated with chemical peels will depend on the depth of treatment. More superficial peels have minimal downtime of about 24 hrs. Medium depth chemical peel patients can expect 5-7 days of recovery, while deep chemical peel patients will have 8-12 days of downtime, followed by several weeks of pink-red skin coloration as the skin heals. For medium and deep chemical peel patients, Dr. Gerecci will see the patient in clinic the morning after the surgery, and check all treated areas. Dependent on the depth of treatment, the patient may experience tightness to the face, skin discomfort similar to a sunburn, as well as facial swelling. The patient will use cool compresses, keep the head elevated, and continue with meticulous local wound care measures until the skin has completely healed. We ask those patients traveling from out of town to stay for routine checks during this 1-2 week time period.
ARE THERE ALTERNATIVES TO CHEMICAL PEEL SKIN RESURFACING?
One alternative to chemical peel skin resurfacing is laser skin resurfacing. Sometimes dermabrasion may be recommended. Alternatively light therapy, cryotherapy, or topical medication may be recommended.
SCHEDULE YOUR CHEMICAL PEEL SKIN RESURFACING CONSULTATION TODAY
Contact our office today to schedule a consultation for your chemical peel skin resurfacing with Dr. Gerecci. She can let you know if chemical peel skin resurfacing is the right choice for you and can recommend additional or alternative procedures and treatments to help you reach your goals.