A facial chemical peel utilizes a variety of chemical solutions that can improve and smooth look and feel of the skin on your face by getting rid of the damaged outer layers. A facial chemical peel would be beneficial to you if you have blemishes, wrinkles or uneven skin pigmentation on your face that you want to get rid of.
Types of Chemical Peels Include
• Phenol - 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.
• 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.
• Alphahydroxy 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.
A cosmetic dermatologist will help to decide which type of chemical peel would best meet your needs. A chemical peel can be done in conjunction with a facelift, but it is not a substitute for surgery, and it won't prevent or slow the aging process.
Chemical peels can however enhance your appearance and your self confidence. Facial chemical peels can also remove pre-cancerous skin growths, soften acne facial scars and even control acne.
You should know that all facial chemical peels carry some uncertainty and risk. Facial chemical peels are normally safe procedures when they are performed by a qualified, experienced cosmetic surgeon.
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