Like other processes that, for some reason, decrease as we age, the shedding of skin cells slows with the passing years. Because the cells aren’t shed with the same frequency, the skin becomes wrinkled, blotchy, and can appear somewhat drab. A chemical peel with Dr. Kirwan can force some of those skin cells to shed again, rejuvenating the skin as it did in your younger days.
The goal is to remove the top layers of the skin, exposing unlined, new skin beneath. Phenol, trichloroacetic acid (TCA), and alphahydroxy acids (AHAs) are used in our chemical peels.
Trichloroacetic acid is used for medium-depth peels. TCA peels can lessen the appearance of fine surface wrinkles, superficial blemishes, and pigment problems. While not the gentle strength of glycolic peels (which really only deliver an aggressive facial), TCA also isn’t as aggressive as phenol peels.
The strongest chemical solutions we use are phenol-based. These produce deep peeling of the skin, and are used to treat deep facial wrinkles and heavily sun-damaged skin. Phenols aren’t usually recommended for patients with darker pigmentation, as the depth of the peel can lighten the skin tone. Phenol peels are used mainly on the face because they can cause scarring elsewhere on the body.
Chemical peels vs. laser resurfacing
Although there has been movement away from chemical peels, especially the more aggressive sorts, Dr. Kirwin still believes chemical peels have certain advantages over laser peeling. During your consultation, he can discuss the pros and cons of each procedure with you.
Areas that a chemical peel can improve:
• Lines and wrinkles, particular around the mouth and lower eyelids
• Acne scars
• Age spots
• Sun damage
• Increased pigmentation
Interested in rejuvenating your skin with a chemical peel? Call us at our Norwalk, NYC, or London offices to set up a consultation.