TREATING THE SKIN WITH CHEMICAL PEELS
Chemical peels (derma peeling, chemexfoliation) are non-invasive rejuvenating skin treatments that employ chemical solutions to exfoliate and remove the damaged outermost layers of skin cells in order to reveal smooth, youthfully radiant skin. Chemical peels can improve the appearance of a myriad of problematic skin conditions affecting the face, neck and hands, including:
- Age spots
- Acne scars
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Scaly patches on the skin
- Liver spots
- Sun-damaged skin
- Rough skin
In order to ensure you achieve optimal skin rejuvenating results, your chemical peel should be performed by a plastic surgeon such as Dr. Hani Sinno M.D., who has helped many patients refresh and revitalize their facial appearance with chemical peel treatments at his private practice in Montreal, Quebec. Dr. Sinno makes it a priority to stay up to date with the latest advances in the field of non-surgical facial rejuvenation procedures in order to provide his patients with the best possible results from their chemical peel treatments.
CHEMICAL PEEL OPTIONS
During your chemical peel, carefully calibrated chemical solutions comprised of alphahydroxy acids, phenol, and trichloroacetic acid will be delicately applied to your skin in order to remove the damaged outermost skin cells and improve the overall condition and appearance of your skin.
Chemical peels are offered in three strengths:
- Light Chemical Peel (superficial peel): the mildest form of peel, the light peel is appropriate for all skin types and is ideal for patients suffering from acne, uneven skin pigmentation, dryness, or fine lines, light chemical peels provide subtle improvements to the skin through the combined use of glycolic acid, alphahydroxy acids and beta hydroxy acids, which gently exfoliate the skin, removing only the outermost layer (epidermis), and leave the skin looking healthy, refreshed and glowing. Because of the gentle nature of the exfoliation, patients can return to their normal activities immediately following their treatment, and can safely schedule light chemical peels weekly for up to six consecutive weeks.
- Medium Chemical Peel: a more intensive peel, geared toward patients seeking to correct deeper wrinkles, acne scars, and uneven skin tone, medium chemical peels utilize TCA (trichloroacetic acid), often in conjunction with glycolic acid, to remove skin cells from both the outermost layer of skin (epidermis) and the upper part of the deeper skin layer (dermis). You may be given a pain reliever and/or oral sedative to reduce pain during the 30-40 minute peel; however, there is generally minimal pain following the procedure. Many patients take 2-5 days off from work after a medium peel to allow their skin to heal to a point where makeup can cover the post-treatment redness, peeling and discoloration.
- Deep Chemical Peel: the most intensive form of peel, deep chemical peels use the powerful chemical phenol to penetrate to the deepest layer of the skin, in order to correct and treat deep facial wrinkles, sun-damaged skin, scars, and pre-cancerous growths. For the deep chemical peel, you may need a local anesthetic and an oral or intravenous sedative to manage any discomfort. Deep chemical peels often necessitate an 8-week pre-treatment regimen with prescription strength Retin-A to prep the skin and expedite the healing process. After the deep peel, skin regrowth takes between 10-14 days, and many patients take 1-2 weeks off from work to allow the skin to heal and redness to dissipate. Although complete healing of the skin may take several months, the deep chemical peel produces dramatic results that can last upwards of 10 years.
After assessing your treatment goals and current skin condition, Dr. Sinno will recommend the appropriate chemical peel strength and formula to ensure that your aesthetic objectives are safely and successfully fulfilled.
CONTACT DR. SINNO
Dr. Sinno and his well-trained team members have worked to create a welcoming, healing office environment, and will take the time to thoroughly explain your chemical peel details and options. Your chemical peel treatment will be uniquely customized to reflect your specific aesthetic goals, and you can be assured that you will have the best possible patient care throughout your chemical peel experience. If you would like additional information about chemical peel skin rejuvenation treatments, please contact Dr. Sinno’s office today. We are happy to answer any and all of your questions, and to schedule your initial consultation with Dr. Sinno.
For more information on this specific procedure and to watch a 3D video animation, please visit the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) here: http://www.plasticsurgery.org/cosmetic-procedures/3d-animations.html