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Newnan Chemical Peels
WHO BENEFITS FROM A CHEMICAL PEEL?
Patients who are suffering from acne blemishes or who have pigmentary disorders or acne usually benefit most from chemical peeling.
WHAT IS THE FORMULATION FOR THESE PEELS AND HOW ARE THEY USED?
The precise formulas in peels vary and the type utilized is personally adjusted to meet each patient’s needs. For example, tricholoracetic acid (TCA) is a medium depth peel, which can eliminate brown spots and help to even out textural irregularities on the face and neck. Downtime is usually around 7 days. Glycolic acid peels are referred to as lunchtime peels. These are excellent peels to treat mask of pregnancy and fine wrinkling. Finally, beta-hydroxy-acid peels are used to improve acne blemishes. These are wonderful peels for our teen-age patients and can be combined with acne facials and/or microdermabrasion treatments.
In summary, chemical peels can treat:
- Mechanical Acne (Blackhead and whitehead acne)
- Fine Lines and Wrinkles
- Acne Scarring
- Melasma (Mask of Pregnancy)
- Age Spots
ARE THERE OTHER PROCEDURES, WHICH CAN BE USED SIMULTANEOUSLY WITH CHEMICAL PEELS?
Yes, sometimes we will perform neurotoxin (Botox™) treatments or filler treatments to reduce fine lines around the forehead, cheek, eye, and lip areas. Combination approaches can enhance your overall cosmetic results. CO2 laser or IPL treatments can also be used to reduce acne scars and blood vessels. Downtime is minimal.
WHAT ARE THE PRE CARE INSTRUCTIONS FOR CHEMICAL PEELING?
Typically, we ask that you discontinue the use of retinoic and glycolic acid products for 3 to 4 days before your peel. In addition, we will prescribe an antiviral medication that is taken 1 day before your procedure. It is also wise to avoid intense sunlight right before and after your peel.
HOW MUCH DISCOMFORT CAN I EXPECT?
There is minimal discomfort with this treatment. A topical anesthetic is all that is used. This is applied for 30 to 60 minutes on the treatment area(s). If you are anxious, we can prescribe anti-anxiety medication. Pain usually is described as a moderate sunburn, which can easily be controlled with ice packs and NSAIDS, e.g. ibuprofen.
HOW LONG WILL I STAY RED?
Redness usually resolves within a matter of hours or days. TCA peeling can take about a week to heal.
WHAT ABOUT POST OP CARE?
It is important to stay out of intense sun for at least one week after your treatment. We will initiate post peel regimen for you which will expedite the healing process.
HOW LONG WILL THE EFFECTS OF THE TREATMENT LAST?
The benefits from chemical peeling can be seen for months. Repeat treatments are sometimes required. This is determined on a case-by-case basis. In our experience, patient satisfaction with this procedure is extremely high.
HOW CAN I SCHEDULE A CONSULTATION OR TREATMENT?
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