Chemical Peels

Athena Clinic Plastic Surgery

Chemical Peels in Honolulu, Hawaii

As we age our skin changes. Lines and wrinkles are caused naturally with age, heredity and the pull of gravity. Abusing one’s skin by over exposure to the sun, smoking, alcohol consumption, air conditioning and pollution all increase the ageing process faster. Fine lines, wrinkles & irregular pigmentation appear in the face where there was once soft, smooth skin.

Chemical peeling is a technique used to freshen the skin, soften fine lines, increase the circulation and improve the skin overall. It lightens pigmentation of the skin in the form of sun spots, liver spots, freckles, blotchiness due to sun damage & taking birth control pills. Mild acne scarring & certain types of acne can be treated.

Chemical peels have been performed for over 70 years. There are 2 types of chemical solutions used in these types of peels. Phenol and Trichloro Acetic Acid (TCA). Phenol is not commonly used anymore, as it can have many side effects.

Today we approach the skin differently by peeling less deeply and more often.

The depth of the peel can be adjusted depending on the patients needs, skin type and skin damage. Your face will be cleaned thoroughly with a special prep to remove any dirt or oil. The TCA solution is painted on the skin. A white “frosting” occurs over 5 minutes. The white colour will diminish as the chemical has been absorbed. Your face will then appear slightly sunburnt and feel tight.

The chemical applied causes separation and eventual peeling of upper layers of skin, enabling new regenerated skin to appear.

As the new skin is fragile and more susceptible to injury during the healing stage avoidance of the sun for the next 3 months is mandatory as the skins tanning cells are too immature to protect it. It is important to where sun protection & a hat. It is also a good idea to sit in the shade where ever possible in these 3 months.

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You may also be interested in the following procedures Restylane, laser skin resurfacingThermage or Latisse.

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