How does a Chemical Peel work?
Like laser resurfacing, the chemical peel works by removing the top layers of the skin and to create a dermal and epithelial response which helps to create new skin. There are multiple agents used to create a controlled level of skin injury. Tri-Chloroacetic Acid (TCA) is most commonly used for medium-depth peeling. Fine wrinkles, blemishes and pigment problems are commonly treated with TCA.
Chemical Peel v Laser Resurfacing
While laser resurfacing has replaced the chemical peel to some extent in recent years, the chemical peel still has advantages over laser peeling as part of a skin program or as an adjunct to surgery. Dr. Kirwan will be happy to discuss the advantages of the chemical peel with you during your consultation. If you have a history of cold-sores or a history of any previous adverse or allergic reaction to a chemical peel or a laser, you should inform Dr. Kirwan during your consultation.
A number of skin conditions can be improved with a chemical peel:
- Lines and wrinkles, particularly around the mouth and lower eyelids
- Increased pigmentation
- Acne scars
- Sun-damaged skin
- Age spots
A chemical peel is not a substitute for a facelift but is often performed with a facelift to treat lines and crêpe like skin around the eyelids and around the mouth.
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