When strategically applied, certain chemicals can provide fantastic, transformative results that allow you to feel more comfortable in your own skin. That is the underlying concept behind chemical peels. A chemical peel, when performed by a skilled, highly trained, and licensed medical professional, is a safe and effective way to restore your skin to its natural beauty. But what can you expect when you decide to undergo this treatment?
What is a Chemical Peel?
A chemical peel involves the application of a chemical solution to the skin, which causes it to blister, peel off, and reveal fresh, undamaged layers of skin below. Since this skin hasn’t been exposed to the elements, it is usually smoother and tighter than the epidermis, or outer layer of skin. By removing these damaged outer layers of skin on the face, a chemical peel can smooth texture, reduce scarring, and remove blemishes to produce healthy, glowing skin.
There are three types of chemical peels Dr. Busso provides at his leading Miami cosmetic dermatology clinic, ranging from mild to strong: alphahydroxy acids (AHAs), trichloroacetic acid (TCA), and phenol. Formula strengths for all chemical peels are personally tailored to each patient. Peels can also be combined with other procedures such as facelifts for a younger, healthier look.
How are Chemical Peels Performed?
Often, patients will undergo pre-treatment therapy to prepare the skin prior to receiving a chemical peel. When you arrive for your chemical peel, your dermatologist will begin by cleansing your skin. You may even be given a mild anesthesia depending on the level of the treatment.
In an AHA peel, the doctor will apply the chemical solution, which can cause slight and temporary stinging, redness, irritation, and flaking or crusting. You may be given a mild sedative before the treatment to help you relax. After an AHA peel, you will not need any “after-peel” ointment or covering; you can simply go on your way with your rejuvenated, fresh face. With an AHA peel, as with all chemical peels, you need to make sure you provide sufficient and effective sun protection for your new skin.
TCA and phenol peels involve a bit more than AHA peels. During TCA and phenol peels, the skin is cleansed and a solution is applied which may cause a brief stinging sensation. Petroleum jelly or a waterproof adhesive tape may be put on the skin following a phenol treatment. Phenol and TCA peels can result in tingling or throbbing, reddened skin, a crust or scab, and significant swelling which lasts about a week, depending on the strength of the peel used. With phenol, your eyes may be swollen shut at first, and you may be put on a liquid diet and advised not to talk much. Any tape used is removed after a day or two.
What About Deep Peels?
Deep peels, whether AHA, TCA, or phenol, are applied one section at a time due to their intensity and potential side effects. After a deep peel, patients can use cool compresses and heavy moisturizing creams to soothe irritated skin. Additionally, patients need to wear surgical dressings to protect wounds and promote healing after a deep peel.
Contact Dr. Busso to Schedule Your Chemical Peel
Dr. Mariano Busso is a leader in the field of aesthetic dermatology, acting as both Senior Attending of Dermatology at Mercy Hospital in Miami and Voluntary Assistant Clinical Professor of Dermatology at the University of Miami. A widely published and highly acclaimed professional, Dr. Busso has the knowledge and expertise to oversee your next chemical peel to ensure beautiful, long-lasting results.
To schedule an appointment for a chemical peel in Miami, call our office at 305-857-0144.