There are different types of chemical peels for beautifying the skin. They are used in different concentrations over different periods. Some treat specific issues such as acne scarring and some are used to remove spots and brighten the complexion. The recommended way to get the right one for your complexion is to visit a trained skin care specialist. Chemical peels are suitable for every skin shade and the depth of the peel can be adjusted.
A trichloroacetic acid (TCA) peel is designed to remove the damaged surface layer of your skin and remove imperfections such as:
- Age spots
- Fine wrinkles
- Rough skin
- Sun-damaged skin
These unsightly problems are on the top layer of skin. A TCA chemical peel removes that layer and stimulates the natural production of collagen and elastin, leaving your face looking brighter and younger. There is a course of treatment for each type of skin. Usually, younger people only need one or two treatments for clear skin and older people need about four treatments. One week of healing is required between each treatment.
Your skin will be slightly red right after a treatment and especially vulnerable to sunlight. The damaged skin starts to peel away after about three days and continues for up to seven days. During this time, you shouldn’t pick or pull at the skin. This could cause scarring. You can start wearing your usual makeup after all of the dark, surface skin has peeled away.
Once the specialist selects the right combination of chemicals for your skin type and condition, he or she will apply the chemical with a sponge, cotton swab, cotton pad, or brush depending on the area being peeled. Along with the face, the neck, hands, arms, and décolletage can be peeled.
If you have any of the following symptoms, you may be a good candidate for a TCA chemical peel:
- Sun-damaged facial skin
- Crow’s feet around the eyes
- Wrinkles around the mouth that cause lipstick bleed
- Brown spots
- Chicken pox and other superficial scars
You may need to prepare your skin in advance of your treatment. This preparation will help the peel be more successful by allowing for deeper penetration and faster recovery. You may be asked to use Retin-A, bleaching agents and glycolic acid in combination for up to six weeks before the peel. We may also recommend that you use sunscreen and stay out of direct sunlight during the weeks before a peel treatment.
It is not recommended to schedule a TCA chemical peel less than six weeks before a beach or ski vacation where you won’t be able to avoid direct sunlight. You may also want to avoid swimming pools and strenuous exercise until the skin is completely peeled away.
Chemical peels last from six months to two years, and if you regularly use anti-aging products, you can lengthen the duration of the results. It is not recommended to over-peel and remove the protective layer of skin.
At Athena Plastic Surgery, we offer different skin care treatments and esthetician services to help you look and feel your best. These treatments are great for those who want a non-surgical option to combat lines, wrinkles, and scarring. They are also great for maintaining the results of your surgical procedures like facelifts or brow lifts. Our team will work with you to determine the appropriate strength of depth of the chemical peel for your needs. Contact Athena Plastic Surgery today to schedule your consultation.