Chemical peels can be formulated at different strengths in order to provide a customized approach to each patient’s needs. A mild peel may be all that’s recommended for a patient with concerns over skin tone and texture, while a patient who wants to improve more serious issues such as scarring or irregular pigmentation may require a stronger peel.
For areas of the skin that have sun damage, chemical peels can be especially beneficial, as the process can actually remove some pre-cancerous cells and help prevent new ones from forming. Although very popular to improve the appearance of facial skin, chemical peels are often used on other parts of the body, such as the chest or the backs of the hands.
A variety of peeling agents ranging from phenol and croton oil to TCA, glycolic acid, lactic acid, salicylic acid with added supplementary ingredients are used for various indications. Skin preparation with retinoids and a skin care routine may also be recommended for both pre-operative regimens to optimize healing and as an essential component of the post-operative practice to maintain results.
During a chemical peel, Dr. Placik applies a custom formulated chemical solution over the treatment area. As the solution soaks into the top layers of the skin, a controlled process removes the top, damaged layer of skin cells which begin to “peel” away and separate from the rest of the skin. As the body works to repair the damage, your complexion develops a fresher, healthier-looking appearance thanks to the natural healing process. Following up your chemical peel with medical-grade skin care products can help further nourish your complexion.