Chemical Peel Philadelphia
A chemical peel is a resurfacing technique used to improve the appearance of the skin and has become a very popular rejuvenation procedure in the New Jersey and the Philadelphia area. During the peel, a chemical solution is applied to the skin which removes the outer damaged layers. The face then regenerates new skin replacing the older damaged layers. The new skin is usually smoother and less wrinkled but is also temporarily more sensitive to the sun.
Many types of peels exist and are generally classified into superficial, medium, and deep peels depending on how deep they penetrate. The deeper the penetration, the more aggressive the peel tends to be. Deeper peels provide greater resurfacing benefits, but also carry a greater risk of complication. Common chemical peels include glycolic acid, salicylic acid, lactic acid, Jessner’s solution, trichloroacetic acid, and phenol.
Chemical peels can be used to:
- Reduce fine lines under the eyes and around the mouth.
- Treat wrinkles.
- Treat certain types of acne.
- Treat areas of sun damage.
- Reduce age spots, and freckles.
- Improve the look and feel of skin that is dull in texture and color.
To correct fine lines, wrinkles, sun damaged skin, acne scars, and pigmentation issues.
A chemical solution is applied sequentially to all areas to be resurfaced. Depending on the type of resurfacing desired, different solutions are used. Immediately after the procedure cold compresses are applied to the face to allow for skin cooling.
Oral sedation is provided for patient relaxation.
The procedure takes between 15 minutes to one hour depending on the number of regions treated.
All patients are sent home that day after their procedure, and are given a set of post procedure instructions to follow. The patient will follow up the next day for a post procedure check, and again on the seventh day after the procedure.
Immediately following treatment you can expect to experience some moderate burning and mild discomfort. However, this can usually be controlled with the use of ice packs and prescribed pain medications. Your skin will have a bright pink to red appearance that will fade more with each passing day. Within 24 hours following your treatment, you may experience some drainage or weeping of the skin. This is part of the natural healing process and generally subsides very quickly. Your skin then tends to become dry and it may peel, similar to what you may experience after a sunburn. During this phase of healing, it is very important that you not pick at your skin or scarring may result. My staff will provide you with instructions on how to gently wash and care for your healing skin. Most patients are generally much improved by about 4-5 days after the procedure, however redness may persist for a little longer. Make-up can generally be resumed after 7-10 days.