You’ve probably heard of chemical peels on your favorite plastic surgery reality show, or from a friend desperately wishing to resurface dull or scarred facial skin. But, most people who aren’t in the aesthetic dermatology field, or who haven’t undergone a chemical peel first-hand, aren’t aware of how beneficial a facial peel is when administered by a medically certified professional. When strategically applied, certain chemicals provide immaculate results that allow you to feel more comfortable in your own skin.
If you suffer from fine lines, wrinkles, acne, scars, melasma, age spots, or a combination of the above, your options for reversal include a TCA chemical peel.
What is a Chemical Peel?
A chemical peel is the application of a chemical solution to the skin, which causes it to blister, peel off, and reveal fresh, undamaged skin layers underneath. New skin that hasn’t been exposed to the sun, for example, is usually smoother and tighter than the epidermis, or outer layer of skin.
Usually, patients undergo pre-treatment therapy to prepare the skin prior to receiving a chemical peel. On the day of treatment, your dermatologist cleanses the skin and might even give you a mild anesthesia depending on the severity of the treatment. Deep peels are applied one section at a time due to their intensity and potential side effects. As long as you are under the care of a licensed medical professional, all peel levels (light, medium, and deep) are safe and viable treatment options for damaged, scarred, or uneven skin.
Post-treatment usually involves cool compresses and heavy moisturizing creams to soothe irritated skin. After a deep peel, patients need to wear surgical dressings to protect wounds and promote healing.
Who Can Benefit from a TCA Chemical Peel?
A TCA chemical peel, which uses trichloracetic acid to dry off the top layers of skin, targets discoloration, minimize fine lines, and improve the appearance of melasma. Trichloracetic acid is a non-toxic chemical which has been used in chemical peels for over 20 years. Dermatologists can use TCA for a “light” or a “deep” peel depending on the severity of skin damage at hand. Unlike alphahydroxy acid (AHA) peels, which sometimes require sedatives to minimize pain, TCA peels do not require anesthetic; the topical treatment is numbing in itself.
TCA peels are more cost-effective than laser rejuvenation for larger areas of the body. Keep in mind that other areas of the body do not heal as well as facial skin, so results aren’t as predictable.
Potential side effects of TCA peels include tingling, throbbing, reddened skin, crusting, scabs, and swelling. Regardless of the level of peel you choose, you must make sun protection a stringent habit post-procedure, or you risk damaging the new and sensitive layer of skin. Caring for your skin post-peel is one of the most crucial steps. A certified aesthetic dermatologist will educate and inform you about best practices for proper skincare after a chemical peel.
Post-Peel Skin Care
Dr. Busso’s recommends that Obagi products and the ZO skincare line be used in conjunction with chemical peels for exceptional results. Dr. Busso oversees everything before and after your chemical peel procedure. This includes your preparation before the peel, the peel itself, and your after-care.
Contact Dr. Busso for Expert 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.