WHAT IS CHEMICAL PEELING?
Chemical peeling is a process in which a chemical solution is applied to the skin to peel away the top cell layers of the skin. A fresh new skin surface replaces the old layer during the healing process. Skin irregularities such as mild scarring and wrinkles caused by sun exposure, smoking, and heredity can be alleviated by chemical peeling.
ARE YOU A GOOD CANDIDATE?
Chemical peels can enhance the appearance of facial and other skin on women and men of all ages. While chemical peeling is available to almost everyone, skin type and coloring are important considerations. The best candidates are usually those with fair, thin skin that has a tendency toward fine wrinkling or scarring on the face. Deeper chemical peels are usually not recommended for highly pigmented skin, such as Asian, African-American, and Mediterranean. This procedure will not prevent aging, but it can erase, fade, or reduce fine facial wrinkles and remove other surface imperfections. It is important to be realistic about your expectations. The goal is improvement, not perfection.
ARE THERE ANY RISKS?
Chemical peels are a normally safe and effective way to treat skin irregularities, but like all surgeries, they involve some level of risk.
WHAT TYPE OF PEEL IS PERFORMED?
Dr. Badame performs trichloroacetic acid (TCA) peels. These peels vary in strength depending upon the extent of damage of the skin. Strengths used by Dr. Badame vary from 15% to 35%. TCA does not alter the skin's normal architecture and is most beneficial for moderate aging, early wrinkling, smile lines, mild scarring, and hyperpigmentation of the skin. TCA peels may be repeated for seriously damaged skin.