The Value of Chemical Peels for Wrinkle Reduction and Pigmentation

May 21, 2018

Facial wrinkles are the most common complaint our patients have. Skin, like any material, is subject to wear and tear, photo degradation and absorption of chemical pollutants. Fortunately, the skin can rebuild itself. This is where chemical peels work their magic. Peels help the skin exfoliate and regenerate new skin cells. The new cells can replace aged, oxidized and hyper pigmented ones.

A chemical peel is a process in which a substance is applied to the surface of your skin to promote the removal of dead skin cells, stimulate new cells and encourage the regeneration of collagen. We refer to this as “chemical” exfoliation. The skin will begin to show its former luster which is lost with age, sun damage and environmental pollutants.

We feel the best cost to benefit ratio to renew and rejuvenate your skin is with a chemical peel. Peels are classified in their ability to penetrate through tissue:

Light or Superficial Peels

– only penetrate to the epidermis

Medium Peels

– these peels penetrate through the entire epidermis

Deep Peels

– these peels penetrate right to the dermis (referred to many as a once in a lifetime peel)

Peeling techniques are not always the best treatment for all wrinkles. An example would be nasalobial folds (wrinkles by your nose to chin) are best treated with dermal fillers. Wrinkles caused by a contracting muscle between your eyes would be better treated with Botox or Dysport. However, chemical peels in these areas would only compound the anti-wrinkle benefit of such procedures.

We feel Medium peels offer the best of both worlds. These peels are well tolerated and offer great results. Medium peels address fine lines, improve skin tone and texture, reduces acne scars, address concerns with pigmentation all while stimulating collagen production.

With a medium peel you should expect a social down time (peeling and some redness) of 3-10 days. Minimal sun exposure for 3 weeks is recommended. Our patients respond very well to this level of chemical peel treatment.

Types of chemical peels at Ageless Medical:

Lactic Acid Peel (Light Peel): A Lactic acid peel is ideal for first time peelers and sensitive skin types. This AHA (Alpha Hydroxy Acid) peel lightens and brightens while helping the skin retain moisture. This peel can be added to any facial treatment or our Hydrafacial procedure. Very little to no peeling is expected.

Glycolic Peel (Light Peel): These peels are ideal for aging skin and those with hyper pigmentation.
 AHA penetrates deeper than a lactic acid peel and is ideal for aging skin. This peel can be added to any facial treatment or our Hydrafacial procedure. A series of 4-6 Glycolic treatments is recommended for best results. Very little to no peeling should be expected.

Salicylic Peel (Light Peel): Salicylic peels are Ideal for oily, thick, and acne-prone skin.
This peel breaks down oil and exfoliates inside and outside the follicle walls. A series of three treatments is recommended for best results and this salicylic peel can be added to any facial treatment or our Hydrafacial procedure. Some mild flaking should be expected.

SkinMedica Vitalize Peel (Light to Medium Peel): The Vitalize peel is ideal for those with pigment abnormalities, acne and photo damage. The Vitalize treatment is the next step above a Glycolic acid and a Salicylic acid peel and addresses various skin conditions, such as hyper pigmentation, breakouts and sun damage. This peel renews oily and acneaic skin while reducing the look of discoloration but is still safe to use on most skin types. A series of 3 Vitalize peels is recommended for best results. Mild to moderate shedding of the skin is expected with a social downtime of 3-5 days.

TCA Peel (Medium Peel): The strongest peel we offer at Ageless Medical is the TCA peel (Trichloroacetic acid). A TCA peel is stronger than the Vitalize peel but still not considered a “deep” peel as it does not go down to the dermis. The TCA peel is also proven to be one of the most effective peels for melasma, sun damage, hyperpigmentation, wrinkles and acne. It tackles skin problems at the cellular level to erase fine lines and wrinkles, minimize enlarged pores, build collagen and elastin to tighten and re-texturize skin. There are varying percentages of the TCA’s acid that can be used. Downtime is about 7-10 days after a TCA peel.

Conclusions

Chemical Peels are a versatile treatment and provide one of the best cost-to-benefit ratio of all cosmetic services. You can reverse the signs of aging progressively without having to undergo an aggressive treatment. In additional, chemical peels address a multitude of skin issues with minimal down time.

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