ANTIAGING TREATMENTS: FACIAL
Alpha Hydroxy or Chemical Peels help restore wrinkled,
lightly scarred, or blemished facial skin. The chemicals
strip off the top layers of skin, and new, younger-looking
skin grows back.
The procedure is very effective for deeper lines around
the upper lip but cannot be performed around the eyes.
Peels may be done as stand alone procedures or in
conjunction with other treatments. Partial peels are
often done in conjunction with a face-lift or antioxidant
Chemicals used include: trichloroacetic acid, high
concentrations of alpha hydroxy or beta hydroxy acids.
Antioxidant pre-treatments or combination treatments
include use of tretinoin [Vitamin A] and Vitamin C.
Antioxidants can enhance the effects of a peel and reduce
the risk of discoloration in people at risk for this
- Antioxidants are applied 4-6 weeks before and starting
one day after the peel.
- Dermatologist applies chemicals to the skin.
- A crust or a scab forms within 24 hours after surgery.
This can be removed by gentle cleansing with soap
The skin heals in 6-7 days
The new skin becomes visible, and is deep red but
gradually lightens as it regenerates. Exposure to the
sun should be prevented for up to 2 months.
Complications can include white heads, cold sores,
infection, scarring, numbness, and permanent discoloration,
particularly in people with darker skin. Refinements
in the procedure are continuing to reduce the incident