Like other annoying processes that slow down as we age, for some reason we also shed our skin cells more slowly over time. Because the cells aren’t shed with the same frequency, the skin becomes wrinkled, blotchy, and can appear somewhat drab. This is because the outer layer of cells is basically dead and waiting to shed away, exposing the new skin beneath. A chemical peel with Dr. Malamet can force some of those skin cells to shed again, rejuvenating the skin as it did in your younger days.
The goal is to remove the top layers of the skin, exposing unlined, new skin beneath. We use one or more chemical solutions including glycolic acid, tricholoracetic acid, salicylic acid, lactic acid, or carbolic acid on our peels.
Trichloroacetic acid is used for medium-depth peels. TCA peels can lessen the appearance of fine surface wrinkles, superficial blemishes, and pigment problems. While not the gentle strength of glycolic peels (which really only deliver an aggressive facial), TCA also isn’t as aggressive as phenol peels.
The strongest chemical solutions we use are carbolic acid-based. These produce deep peeling of the skin, and are used to treat deep facial wrinkles and heavily sun-damaged skin. Carbolic acid peels can cause pigmentation issues, so aren’t used on darker skinned individuals.
Chemical peels vs. laser resurfacing
Although there has been movement away from chemical peels, especially the more aggressive sorts, Dr. Malamet still believes chemical peels have certain advantages over laser peeling. During your consultation, he can discuss the pros and cons of each procedure with you.
Areas that a chemical peel can improve:
- Lines and wrinkles, particular around the mouth and lower eyelids
- Acne scars
- Age spots
- Sun damage
- Increased pigmentation
Come on, you don’t have to have stock in Dow to love chemicals! Get a chemical peel with Dr. Malamet. Call us at 818-380-3130.