What is a Chemical Peel?
A chemical peel in NY uses a chemical solution to improve and smooth the texture of the facial skin by removing its damaged outer layers. It is helpful for those individuals with facial blemishes, wrinkles and uneven skin pigmentation. Phenol, trichloroacetic acid (TCA) and alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) are used for this purpose.
The precise formula used may be adjusted to meet each patient’s needs. Although chemical peel may be performed in conjunction with laser skin treatments or facial surgery, it is not a substitute for these procedures. This brochure provides basic information about certain types of chemical peel treatments and the results you might expect. It won’t answer all your questions, since a lot depends on your individual circumstances. Once you and Dr. Fugo have decided on a specific peel program, be sure to ask about any details that you do not understand.
Types of Chemical Peels:
A chemical peel is typically performed for cosmetic reasons — to enhance your appearance and your self-confidence. The procedure may also remove pre-cancerous skin growths soften acne facial scars and help control acne.
Alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs), such as glycolic, lactic, or fruit acids are the mildest of the peel formulas and produce light peels. These types of peels can provide smoother, brighter-looking skin for people who can’t spare the time to recover from a phenol or TCA peel. AHA peels may be used to treat fine wrinkling, areas of dryness, uneven pigmentation and acne. Various concentrations of an AHA may be applied weekly or at longer intervals to obtain the best result. Dr. Fugo will make this decision during your consultation and as the treatment proceeds. An alpha hydroxy acid, such as glycolic acid, can also be mixed with a facial wash or cream in lesser concentrations as part of a daily skin-care regimen to improve the skin’s texture.
Trichloroacetic acid (TCA) can be used in many concentrations, but it is most commonly used for medium-depth peeling. Fine surface wrinkles, superficial blemishes and pigment problems are commonly treated with TCA. The results of TCA peel are usually less dramatic than and not as long-lasting as those of a phenol peel. In fact, more than one TCA peel may be needed to achieve the desired result. The recovery from a TCA peel is usually shorter than with a phenol peel.
Phenol is the strongest of the chemical solutions and produces a deep peel. It is used mainly to treat patients with coarse facial wrinkles, areas of blotchy or damaged skin caused by sun exposure, or pre-cancerous growths. Since phenol sometimes lightens the treated areas, your skin pigmentation may be a determining factor as to whether or not this is an appropriate treatment for you. Phenol is primarily used on the face; scarring may result if it’s applied to the neck or other body areas.
- Smooths rough, dry skin
- Improves texture of sun-damaged skin
- Aids in control of acne
- Removes superficial blemishes
- Smooths out fine surface wrinkles
- Corrects pigment problems
- Corrects blotches caused by: sun exposure, birth-control pills, aging
- Removes pre-cancerous growths
- A series of peels may be needed
- As with most peel treatments, sunblock use is recommended
- Can be used on neck or other body areas
- Treatment takes only 15 minutes
- May be used on all skin types
- Peel depth can be adjusted
- Repeat treatment may be needed to maintain results
- Healing takes only 3-4 days
- Results are dramatic and long-lasting
What is the Recovery from Chemical Peel Treatment?
You will experience some temporary flaking or scaling, redness and dryness of the skin. However, these conditions will disappear as the skin heals.
The temporary redness, flaking and dryness that you experience will not prevent you from working or engaging in your normal activities. A fresher and improved skin texture will result with treatment. Remember, protecting your skin from the sun is also important following these peels. Ask Dr. Fugo to recommend a sunblock with adequate UVA and UVB protection and use it every day.
To help your face heal properly, it is essential that you follow Dr. Fugo’s specific post-operative instructions.
About 4 days after treatment, your skin will be healed enough for you to wear makeup.
Are There Risks to Chemical Peels?
A chemical peel NY is a safe procedure when it is performed by a qualified, experienced plastic surgeon.
Chemical peels may cause transient stinging, redness or irritation. However, as the skin heals, these problems will subside.
Peel patients are advised to avoid direct sun exposure for several weeks after treatment to protect the newly formed layers of skin.
Chemical Peel FAQs:
Dr. Fugo will instruct you on how to prepare for your peel treatment.
You may drive yourself home following your treatment.
Your chemical peel is safely performed in Dr. Fugo’s office. You will not require any sedation during the procedure or require pain medication during your healing process.
Anesthesia isn’t required for Chemical peels performed by Dr. Fugo.
Why Choose Dr. Fugo For Your Chemical Peel Procedure?
In New York State, no medical degree is required to perform a chemical peel. You should be warned that phenol and TCA peels have been offered by inadequately trained practitioners claiming “miracle techniques” to rejuvenate the skin.
It is very important that you find a physician who has adequate training and experience in skin resurfacing. Dr. Fugo may offer you a choice of peel techniques or suggest a combination of peels to obtain the best result for you.
During your initial consultation, it is important that you discuss your expectations with Dr. Fugo. Don’t hesitate to ask any questions or express any concerns that you may have. Expect Dr. Fugo to explain the planned procedure in detail, including its risks and benefits, the recovery period and the costs. If you have a history of herpes (Cold Sores), you should inform Dr. Fugo prior to the procedure.
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Improvements may be very subtle at first. You may detect a healthier glow to your skin. With continued time and treatments, you will notice a significant improvement in the texture of your skin. Your skin will be noticeably smoother and fresher-looking- fewer fine wrinkles, fewer blemishes and more even-toned skin. Your results will be long-lasting, although not immune to the effects of aging and sun exposure.
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