We offer chemical peels for facial skin rejuvenation. Chemical peel is a procedure in which chemical (glycolic acid) is applied to skin that is wrinkled, scarred or otherwise damaged. After treatment, the skin is smoother, younger looking skin. Cosmetic indications for the use of chemical peel include wrinkles caused by aging, sun damage or heredity factors, superficial acne scarring, and irregular pigmentation of the skin including freckles and age spots. Melasma, a darker pigmentation of the face found primarily on women who are pregnant or taking birth control pills, can also be improved. Precancerous conditions such as karatoses (thick, rough, and reddish growths) also respond well to treatment.
There are several types of chemical peels techniques; the light and medium peel is mainly used in our office. The patient is started on a low percentage of glycolic acid (15%) and is increased depending on the need (as much as 75%). The light and medium peels will reduce most wrinkles and discolorations. It will also improve and enrich the skin to make it more youthful.
A small applicator is used to apply the chemical to one small area of the face. After a certain period of time the glycolic acid is neutralized and washed with water.