Chemical peels are used by Dr. Seiger at the Skin and Vein Center to improve the appearance of skin by applying a chemical solution which causes the damaged, outer layers of the skin to peel off – revealing smoother, younger looking skin underneath.
Chemical peels are mostly performed on the face to treat fine lines around the mouth and the eyes, to treat certain kinds of acne, to treat sun damage and wrinkles, to reduce the appearance of freckles, age spots and dark patches and to reduce the appearance of scars. Chemical peels can’t usually treat severe wrinkles, sagging skin and deep scars. These issues may require a more dramatic skin resurfacing treatment. The best candidates for chemical peels are those with fair skin and light hair as those with darker skin are more at risk for uneven skin tone following their procedure.
The chemical peel process begins with the patient’s skin being thoroughly cleansed. A chemical solution such as glycolic acid, salicylic acid, lactic acid or trichloroacetic acid is applied to the skin. Patients will generally feel a slight burning sensation that will last for several minutes. After the chemical peel, the patient will experience a reaction similar to a sunburn in which the skin gradually peels. Redness of the skin will follow for up to a week with mild peeling occurring until the skin is fully healed. Before and after chemical peel patients will often show a marked improvement in the skin’s surface with many years’ worth of damage being taken out.
Some of the risks associated with a chemical peel include the possibility of a permanent color change in the skin where the chemical peel was applied, a small risk of scarring or a risk or reactivating cold sores for those who have a history of herpes.
Years of skin damage – from the sun, scars, age spots, and acne – can rob skin of its potential luster. To bring back a youthful, healthy appearance, the Skin and Vein Center offers chemical peels to strip away the damage and leave you feeling rejuvenated. A consultation with Dr. Seiger will provide potential patients with a good sense of what they can expect for their individual procedure.