Chemical peels remove damaged outer layers of skin on the face to smooth texture, reduce scarring, and remove blemishes to produce healthy, glowing skin. There are many different types of peels available, ranging form mild to strong, which can correct different levels of skin damage to provide each patient with results customized to their skin's individual needs.
Trichloroacetic acid (TCA) peels are medium-depth peels that can effectively treat fine surface wrinkles, superficial blemishes and pigment problems, and are often performed in conjunction with Jessner's or alphahydroxy acid (AHA) peels. Treatments are customized for each patient's skin type. A medium depth peel typically takes up to 10 days to heal.
During the TCA peel, the skin is thoroughly cleaned before the peel solution is evenly applied to the targeted areas. Peel depth can be adjusted to ensure that each patient receives treatment that targets their individual needs. Some patients may be given Retin-A or hydroquinone to apply to the skin prior to treatment in order to maximize results.
There is no anesthesia required with a TCA peel. There may be a slight stinging sensation when the peel is first applied, but this goes away quickly. Some patients may request sedation before their treatment in order to promote comfort and relaxation for their peel. The entire peel process takes only 10 to 15 minutes to perform.
After a TCA peel, patients may experience tingling, throbbing, redness, swelling and scabbing, which usually last for about a week, depending on the strength of the peel. It is important for patients to protect their skin from the sun for several months after the peel in order to reduce the risk of complications and maintain desired results. Dr. Prystowsky will provide you with specific post-treatment instructions.
The results of a TCA peel are visible after 7 to 10 days as new skin layers form. Patients can return to work and other regular activities at this time. The skin may continue to appear slightly pinkish for several months before true results develop. Most patients notice smoother and fresher-looking skin after treatment, although these results do not last as long as those achieved with fractional laser resurfacing. Additional treatments may be recommended to reach desired results and maintain these results over the long-term.
Although a TCA peel is considered safe for most patients, there are certain risks associated with any type of treatment. Some of these risks may include infection, scarring and permanent pigmentary changes, among others. Patients can reduce these risks by choosing an experienced doctor, such as Dr. Prystowsky, to perform their treatment and by following her instructions before and after the peel.
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An alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) peel is the most common and gentlest type of chemical peel that rejuvenates the skin by peeling away layers of old, sun-damaged cells on the surface of the skin. Chemical peels are ideal for patients who want to fight the signs of aging, including fine lines, age spots and dry spots, or for patients who want to eliminate clogged pores in the treatment of acne.
An AHA peel can be performed using glycolic, lactic or fruit acid, depending on the patient's individual skin condition and desired results. During the procedure, the skin is cleaned and the peel solution is applied to remove layers of dead and damaged skin and encourage the growth of new, healthy skin cells.
This procedure can be performed in less than 20 minutes with minimal downtime, making it ideal for patients who cannot take much time off from work. Patients can usually achieve and maintain their desired results after a short series of peels performed at 2 month intervals. Some pinkness and peeling may occur for a few days after the peel, but these side effects can be concealed with moisturizer and makeup.
Dr. Prystowsky has begun the development of her own line of cosmetic skin care products. In 2008, Dr. Prystowsky launched Livad Skin Care products by introducing the LIVAD Vitamin A & D cream, a cosmetic moisturizer specially formulated with vitamins A and D to improve the look and appearance of dry, sun-damaged skin. If you are interested in purchasing Livad Vitamin A & D cream, please speak to an office representative or visit www.LIVADskincare.com.
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