Refresh Your Skin With A Chemical Peel
Chemical peels can revitalize the skin and even skin tone, pigmentation and sun damage. The peel takes off a thin layer of the skin leaving behind fresh new skin with lighter and more even tone. Chemical peels are a great way to freshen your appearance and feel years younger.
Chemical peeling is a process which treats surface facial imperfections such as blemishes, wrinkles, and uneven pigmentation. Unlike facelifts or The SmartLiftTM, which effect the underlying structure of the lower face, a chemical peels improves the surface texture of the skin. Chemical peels may also remove pre-cancerous skin growths, soften acne facial scars, and even control acne. There are several chemicals (including phenol, trichloroacetic acid, or alphahydroxy acid), from which Dr. Sessa can choose depending on your facial condition, coloring and skin type, and the results you seek.
A chemical solution is applied to the surface of the skin to peel away the top cell layers. Then, as the layers heal, they are replaced with a fresh, new, skin surface. Most chemical peels may be safely performed in our office, without anesthesia. Some types require a series of treatments.
Alphahydroxy Acids (AHAs) are the mildest of the peel formulas, providing smoother, brighter-looking skin with the shortest recovery time. AHA peels, which take approximately ten minutes to perform, may be used to treat fine wrinkling, areas of dryness, uneven pigmentation and acne. For some patients, the application of an AHA-based face wash or cream once or twice a day at home will be sufficient to accomplish the desired goal. Dr. Sessa may add Retin-A or a bleaching agent to your at-home treatment schedule.Trichloroacetic Acid (TCA) is most commonly used for medium-depth peeling to treat fine surface wrinkles, superficial blemishes and pigment problems. The procedure usually takes no longer than 15 minutes, and more than one TCA peel may be needed to achieve the desired result. Moderate discomfort and mild swelling will subside within the first week. In about a week to ten days, your new skin will be apparent and you should be healed sufficiently to return to your normal activities. Phenol is the strongest of the chemical solutions and produces a deep peel for patients with coarse facial wrinkles, areas of blotchy or damaged skin caused by sun exposure, or pre-cancerous growths. Patients can generally expect dramatic, long-lasting results. A full-face phenol peel generally takes one or two hours to perform, while a phenol peel to a smaller facial region (perhaps the skin above the upper lip) may take only 10 or 15 minutes. A single treatment usually suffices. With a phenol peel, new skin will begin to form in about seven to ten days. Your face will be very red at first, gradually fading to a pinkish color over the following weeks to months. About two weeks after treatment, you may return to work and resume normal activities.