As we age our skin changes. Lines and wrinkles are caused naturally by age, heredity, and the pull of gravity. Abusing one’s skin by overexposure to the sun, smoking, alcohol consumption, air conditioning, and pollution all increase the aging process faster. Fine lines, wrinkles & irregular pigmentation appear on the face where there was once soft, smooth skin.
Before and After Photos
Chemical peeling is a technique used to freshen the skin, soften fine lines, increase 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 patient’s 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 color 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 newly 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 skin’s tanning cells are too immature to protect it. It is important to wear sun protection & a hat. It is also a good idea to sit in the shade wherever possible in these 3 months.