Aging and sun-damaged skin may develop redness, blemishes, facial veins, deep wrinkles, cancerous or precancerous lesions or spotting. Its important to have a plastic surgeon, Dr. Villalobos, look at your skin to evaluate your needs. This treatment uses a chemical solution, typically an acid, to ‘peel’ away the top tiers of the skin in order to remove conditions such as acne, irregular pigmentation or wrinkles.
Chemical peels have been in use for many years, and are a favored way to enhance the texture and look of skin. More than half a million men and women have a peel done every year. Presently, there are a wide range of peels to choose from, each with its unique benefits as well as risks. Patients taking Retin-A may be more sensitive and should notify their doctor.
Chemical peels are done on the face, neck, or hands. Chemical peels can be used to:
-Reduce fine lines underneath the eyes and around the mouth
-Treat wrinkles caused by sun damage, growing older, and family history
-Make improvements to the look of mild scarring
-Treat certain types of acne
-Decrease age spots, freckles, and dark patches due to pregnancy or birth control pills (melasma)
-Enhance the look and feel of skin which is dull in texture and color
-Locations of sun damage, which may contain pre-cancerous keratoses that appear as scaly spots, may improve after chemical peeling. After treatment, new pre-cancerous lesions are less probable to appear.
Sags, bulges, and more significant wrinkles do not respond well to chemical peels. They need other types of cosmetic surgical procedures, a face lift, brow lift, eyelid lift, or soft tissue filler (collagen or fat). Dr. Villalobos can certainly help determine the most suitable type of treatment for each individual scenario.
Usually, fair-skinned and light-haired patients are excellent candidates for chemical peels. Darker skin variations may also have good results, based upon the type of problem being treated. However, the chance of an uneven skin tone after the treatment is increased.