Chemical peels soften the appearance of mild scarring through the use of a chemical solution to eliminate the outer layer of damaged skin. The new skin that develops in place of the compromised skin is typically smoother and less uneven in appearance.
Chemical peels provide patients with a relatively cost-effective option for improving the appearance of scars. Light-haired and fair-complexioned patients are good candidates for the procedure.
Muse Plastic Surgery, led by double board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Wright Jones, provides scar revision treatments to patients in Atlanta, Buckhead, Stockbridge, Marietta, GA, and surrounding locations.
Chemical peels offer the following benefits to acne-prone skin:
- lightening of dark spots
- smoother tone and texture
- unclogging of pores for the prevention future breakouts
Chemical peels eliminate the uppermost skin layer, allowing new, smoother skin to reveal itself.
In general, chemical peels can be an effective solution for the maintenance and rejuvenation of the skin. The injury caused by the chemical kills and eliminates dead skin cells at the surface. The intentional damage inflicted by these peels also triggers the body’s natural response to manufacture collagen, which can help fill in acne scars.
Chemical peels, as a rule of thumb, might not be suitable for severely elevated or depressed scars. Plastic surgeon to the stars Dr. Wright Jones will take care to ensure the patient is a right candidate for this treatment.
The provider will cleanse the skin. Then they will apply one or more chemical solutions to the cleansed skin. These applications create a controlled injury, which enables new, more youthful skin to emerge.
A majority of patients experience a burning sensation that lasts around five to ten minutes, followed by a stinging sensation. The application of cool compresses may alleviate this stinging. A deeper peel may necessitate pain drugs during or after the treatment.
How to Prepare for the Procedure
Prior to the procedure, the provider will typically review the patient’s health history and undertake a physical examination. They will also discuss the potential results and risks of the procedure. In addition, patients should:
- Discuss their aging skin condition and treatment objectives to establish the depth of the chemical peel
- Disclose any history of scarring, facial X-rays, or persistent cold sores
- Avoid any meds or supplements that can impact blood clotting, such as ibuprofen, aspirin, or vitamin E, for ten days prior to the procedure
- Avoid the use of drugs such as Retin-A, Renova or glycolic acid
- Determine beforehand if they will require someone to drive them home after the procedure
What to Expect After the Procedure
Afterward, patients experience a reaction similar to sunburn in the treatment area. Patients may experience:
- Redness, followed by scaling within three to seven days
- Blisters that will crust, turn brown, and peel off within seven to 14 days after medium and deep peels
- Bandages over the treated site for several days
- Patients will need to avoid the sun for several months after the procedure
- Light peels may be repeated and spaced apart one to four weeks. Medium peels may be repeated every six months to one year.
The treatment effects will depend on various factors. According to research undertaken in Asian populations, chemical peels may be a suitable treatment for acne scars in people with lighter complexions.
Darker-skinned people may need to be more careful in the type of peel they choose. In case they are experiencing melasma (a hyperpigmentation disorder), research indicates that traditional glycolic peels may be more suitable in such cases.
Famous plastic surgeon Dr. Wright Jones receives patients from Atlanta, Buckhead, Stockbridge, Marietta, GA, and nearby areas for scar revision treatments.
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