For Fresher, Younger Looking Skin
Treatment with chemical peels dates back hundreds, if not thousands of years. Today, performing physician-strength chemical peels has almost become a lost art. Although lasers are now considered new and “high-tech,” for some patients a chemical peel can provide better results.
Chemical peels occur whenever an acid is put on the skin. For example, when people apply over-the-counter creams to their face, such as glycolic acid, vitamin C (ascorbic acid) or Retin-A (retinoic acid) they are actually doing a very mild chemical peel to their skin. On the other hand, in-office chemical peels, such as the ones Dr. Laufer perform, are stronger and more effective.
Types of Chemical Peels
There are various types and strengths of chemical peels. Dr. Laufer customizes the treatment for each patient, depending on the skin condition being treated. For example, there is a general “freshening” peel, a peel to improve fine lines and wrinkles, a peel to reduce excess pigmentation, and a peel to improve acne. Some people get maintenance chemical peels just to make their skin feel softer and smoother, and for a brighter, more even complexion.
What To Expect After Treatment
Usually treatment causes a mild to moderate feeling of warmth. With stronger peels it may feel hot, but just for a few seconds. Skin reaction after treatment depends on the strength of the chemical peel. It may range from light redness for a day or two, to more persistent redness and flaking of the skin for a few days. A good sunscreen and moisturizer is required for a few days after treatment, and sun exposure should be minimized.
Chemical Peel Treatment
A series of chemical peels can be done to freshen the skin, to reduce signs of aging and sun damage, to reduce hyperpigmentation, and to improve acne. Maintenance peels can then be done on a regular basis to continue the improvement. In addition, a chemical peel can be used in combination with many other aesthetic treatments, such as Vibradermabrasion, Botox and injectable fillers.