Chemical Peels

Chemical peels - as the name implies - are harsh chemical treatments meant to smooth and improve the texture of the face by removing its damaged outer layers.

Chemical peels have been known to rid wrinkles, blemishes and uneven skin tones from aged faces. During the procedure, phenol, trichloroacetic acid (TCA) and alphahydroxy acid (AHAs) are commonly used.

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Phenol is the strongest chemical solution used in a chemical peel. It produces deep peeling results for patients with coarse facial wrinkles, blotchy areas or sun damaged skin. Phenol is only used on the face, as it can leave scars when applied to the neck or other areas of the body.

TCA is usually used for medium-depth peeling treatment. It removes wrinkles, superficial blemishes and areas with poor pigmentation. The result of a TCA peel is not as long-lasing as a phenol peel. To achieve the best result, more than one TCA peel is usually needed.

AHA peels are the mildest peel formulas. Their mainly used to brighten facial skin and provide smoothness. AHA peels are popular to remove fine wrinkles, skin dryness, acne and uneven pigmentation.

Most chemical peels are safely performed in a plastic surgeon's office. It's normal after a chemical peels to experience swollen skin on your face and around your eyes. It's also recommended that limited liquids are consumed and limited talking is performed during the first few days of recovery.

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