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Chemical Peels

Chemical peels can be done on the face, neck, or hands. They can be used to:
• Reduce fine lines under the eyes and around the mouth
• Treat wrinkles caused by sun damage and aging
• Improve the appearance of mild scars
• Treat certain types of acne
• Reduce age spots, freckles, and pigmentation (melasma) due to pregnancy or birth control pills
• Improve the look and feel of skin

A chemical solution is applied to the skin that causes it to exfoliate and eventually peel off. The new, regenerated skin is usually smoother and less wrinkled than the old skin and may also temporarily be more sensitive to the sun. The deeper the peel the more intensive the results. There are 3 basic types of peels:

Superficial, light or "lunchtime" peel:

Alpha and/or Beta Hydroxy acid is used to penetrate only the outer layer of skin to gently exfoliate it. The treatment is used to improve the appearance of mild skin discoloration and rough skin as well as to refresh the face, neck, chest or hands. Skin requires 1 - 7 days to heal. Treated skin may initially be red and may scale. Daily use of sunscreen is required. Makeup can usually be worn the next day.

Medium peel:

Glycolic, AHA'S, BHA's or trichloroacetic acid (TCA) is applied to penetrate the out and middle layers of skin to remove damaged skin cells. The treatment is used to improve age spots, fine lines and wrinkles, freckles and moderate skin discoloration and may improve the appearance of acne scarring. It also can be used to smooth rough skin and treat some precancerous skin growths, i.e. actinic keratosis. Require 6 - 14 days to heal. Treated skin may initially be red, inflamed and tight. Daily luke warm compresses may be used. Avoid all sun exposure until healing is complete. Camouflage makeup may be worn after 5 - 7 days. Daily use of sunscreen is required . A follow-up appointment will be necessary to monitor progress.

Deep peel:

Tricholoracetic acid (TCA) or phenol is applied to deeply penetrate the middle layer of skin to remove damaged skin cells. The treatment removes moderate lines, age spots, freckles and shallow scars. Patients will see a dramatic difference in skin appearance. This procedure is used on the face and can only be performed once. Requires 14 to 30 days to heal. The treated area will be bandaged. Skin must be soaked four to six times daily, followed by ointment application for the first 14 days. A thick moisturiser is applied for the next 14 days. Antiviral medication is taken for 10 to 14 days. Avoid all sun exposure for 3 - 6 months. Camouflage makeup may be worn after 14 days if skin peeling isn't too severe. Several follow-up appointments will be necessary to monitor progress. Deep peels should only be performed by a medical practitioner!!

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