Chemical peels achieve smoother skin and alleviate imperfections such as splotchy coloration. Chemical peels are ideal for removing sun damage due to long-term sun exposure in combination with photo aging. It also achieves smoother skin with removal of fine wrinkles. Peels can be performed on their own or in conjunction with other facial plastic surgery. Dr. Perkins often performs chemical peels during facelift and blepharoplasty (eyelid) procedures to enhance the patient’s overall surgical results. State-of-the-art chemical peeling involves choosing the proper peel agent for the needs of each individual patient. It is safe and effective when directed by an experienced facial plastic surgeon.
The chemical peel involves the application of a special mixture of chemicals to the skin. This is done after specially preparing the skin to remove any soaps or oils. Light, moderate and deeper peels are available and vary in the strength of their chemical mixture. The lighter and superficial-depth peels are performed by our licensed estheticians in our medical spa, Spa 170 West.
Peels that go deeper into the skin are performed by Dr. Perkins and are typically done under at least monitored sedation or anesthesia by an anesthesiologist.
Light peels involve the application of glycolic acid and other light peeling agents such as a combination of fruit acids. We also perform medium-strength chemical peeling, which is primarily a stronger concentration of a trichloroacetic acid pretreated with a fruit acid peel. Phenol is an excellent medium level chemical peel for removal of dyschromias or irregular splotchy pigmentation and wrinkles around the eyes. This is a treatment that begins to reorganize the upper layer of collagen which provides a smoother, lasting result.
Patient downtime varies by the depth of the peel. Lighter peels will leave the skin pink for a few hours, while deeper peels can have a healing time of several days. The deeper peel procedures can be thought of as a deep sunburn, where the top layer of skin peels off in a three to five days, leaving a pink, weepy surface. Within the next two to four days, fresh new skin is healed over.
Chemical peeling is a true skin rejuvenation procedure, removing precancerous skin cells as well as visible wrinkling and sun damage of the face.
The results from a chemical peel can be quite dramatic and are long-lasting.