A Chemical Peel is a procedure that uses a chemical solution to improve the texture, lines, brightness and cell turnover of one’s face. It helps by removing damaged layers of the skin.
Chemical Peel Procedure
The chemical peel procedure is performed with various chemicals. AHA (alpha hydroxy acid) is usually used for light treatments that smooth out the skin and provide brighter looking skin. TCA (Trichloroacetic acid) is used only for medium/deep treatments that helps treat facial wrinkles, and superficial blemishes.
Phenol is a chemical used for deep treatments, usually for people with deep wrinkles, blotchy or sun damaged skin, and pre-cancerous growths. Although Phenol peels can be quite effective, Dr. BYUN does not recommend them, or provide them. Side effects can include kidney, liver, and heart damage, which is why Dr. BYUN prefers to use Glycolic and TCA peels, which yield amazing results. Chemical peels can also soften any acne scars and prevent acne from returning. Chemical peels are performed for patients who want to not only enhance their appearance, but boost their self confidence.
No anesthesia is provided for chemical peels because the chemical peel only involves the removal of the dermis and sometimes the epidermis which is the first two top layers of your skin, making it a less invasive treatment.
Glycolic therapy utilizes varying strengths of glycolic acid to improve the appearance and texture of the skin. In lower strengths the treatment exfoliates, and in higher strengths it is used as a mild peel. Unlike a chemical peel, glycolic therapy produces changes gradually with minimal impact on an individual’s appearance and daily schedule. In addition to medical strength glycolic peels, we offer a line of skin care products including glycolic creams for our clients’ in-home use.
Chemical Peel After Care
After care with all chemical peels means no sun exposure. Make sure to put on sunscreen to protect the new sensitive layers of the skin, any time you leave the house. After an AHA chemical peel you will experience some redness, and temporary flaking. Redness and dryness may also occur. However, with a medium to heavy peel, (TCA and Phenol) the physician may possibly prescribe a mild pain medication to relieve any throbbing pains. After the procedure is performed the face may be slightly swollen and may look like a severe sunburn.
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