A Chemical Peel Can Reduce Signs of Aging for a More Youthful Appearance
Dr. Benjamin Boudreaux and Dr. Jeffrey Claiborne offer chemical peel treatments at our office in Mandeville, LA. This treatment will eventually cause the outermost layer of skin to peel away, revealing a supple, smooth layer underneath. We offer different chemical peels in varying strengths to treat blemishes, wrinkles, sunspots, acne scars, and other imperfections of the skin. Please contact our Northshore Plastic Surgery office today to learn more about your chemical peel options and to find the treatment that is right for you.
Candidacy for Chemical Peels
Patients with lighter skin tones are generally the best candidates for chemical peels, especially deep peels, which can permanently affect the skin’s pigmentation. Patients with darker skin tones may still be able to achieve satisfactory results with a light or medium chemical peel. Generally, patients who are dissatisfied with the appearance of their skin due to aging, acne, or other treatable factors may be candidates for a chemical peel.
We offer different chemical peels in varying strengths to treat blemishes, wrinkles, sunspots, acne scars, and other imperfections of the skin.
Dr. Boudreaux and Dr. Claiborne will discuss your options with you in great detail, so that you will have a full understanding of the different treatments and realistic expectations about the potential outcomes. It is advised that patients either be non-smokers or give up smoking prior to and following treatment. Patients who suffer from or are at risk for heart disease may not be candidates for deep chemical peels, as the carbolic acid that is used can cause damage to the cardiac muscle.
Light Chemical Peel
A light chemical peel can be used to treat very fine wrinkles, skin dryness, uneven skin tones, and acne. The light peel is comprised of salicylic, glycolic, or other alpha hydroxy acids (AHA), and may be combined with steam to treat of blackheads, closed comedones, and pustules. It is an excellent treatment for patients with oily skin or acne. When you arrive for your light chemical peel, your skin will be thoroughly cleansed and the chemical solution will be applied. The solution will remain on your skin for a set amount of time before being washed off with water or a neutralizing agent. A soothing ointment will be applied to calm and protect the skin, as well as to promote healing. Some patients may require multiple treatments to achieve the desired outcome. It typically takes seven days to recover from a light chemical peel, during which time your skin will peel away, revealing a new layer.
Medium Chemical Peel
Medium chemical peels use trichloroacetic acid (TCA) to treat wrinkles, blemishes, and issues with pigmentation. Medium peels are also good for patients with oily skin or acne, and are commonly recommended for patients with darker skin tones. Similar to the light peel treatment process, your skin will be cleansed when you arrive and the chemical solution will be applied. After the prescribed amount of time has passed, the solution will be thoroughly washed off and a soothing ointment will be applied. Some patients who receive a medium chemical peel may require more than one treatment. Dr. Boudreaux and Dr. Claiborne will give you specific instructions following your treatment, and you can expect your skin to peel over the following seven days.
Deep Chemical Peel
A deep chemical peel, such as the VI Peel, utilizes carbolic acid (phenol) to treat deep wrinkles and other signs of aging from sun exposure and other environmental factors. A deep peel can also remove pre-cancerous growths. Deep peels are more extensive and may take one to two hours to complete. You may receive a sedative prior to treatment to reduce discomfort. Your skin will be cleansed and a topical anesthetic will be applied to further reduce any potential pain. The solution will be rinsed off after the appropriate amount of time and petroleum jelly will be applied to soothe and protect the skin. Within one to two weeks, your skin will scab and peel; however, you may experience redness for up to three months following treatment.
Contact Our Practice
If you are dissatisfied with the appearance of your skin and would like to learn more about our chemical peel treatment options, please contact our office today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Boudreaux or Dr. Claiborne.