Chemical peels are non-surgical procedures done in an office setting to help soften wrinkles, decrease pigmentation and improve the appearance of acne scars. They also improve skin tone by increasing collagen production. Peels can be superficial, medium or deep, depending on the chemical agents used and the time of application on the skin.
Patients considering chemical peels should be in good health and have realistic expectations. Patients who smoke, have high blood pressure that is not under control, have blood disorders or take blood thinners, such as Aspirin, Coumadin or Plavix, may experience higher risk of healing problems. Patients with hypertrophic scarring or keloids, recent surgery or laser treatment on the face, use of Accutane or similar products within the last 12 months, active skin infections on the face, who are pregnant, want to be pregnant or are nursing and patients who had recent tanning or sunburn, should not consider chemical peels. Patients with active skin infections should avoid chemical peels until complete cure of their skin infection.
Most patients tolerate the procedure well in an office setting. Over the counter Tylenol or Motrin suffice for any post procedure discomfort. Some redness and swelling are expected but improve over several days. Slight tingling sensation and skin flaking may last for 3 weeks, depending on the depth of your peel. Topical ointment (Aquaphor) to help with the healing process should be used for 3 weeks.
All patients considering elective surgery should abstain from smoking, including secondhand smoke and avoid any nicotine containing products, both before and after surgery. Dr. Ziakas strongly advises all his patients to quit smoking for good. It is imperative that you use a good quality sunscreen when outdoors (minimum SPF 30) to minimize the hazardous effects of sun radiation on the skin. You should avoid vitamin A, retinols, Accutane, laser treatments and other peels during the healing process. The majority of patients are able to return to their routine activities in few days.Full List of Non-Surgical Procedures
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