Chemical peels are techniques used to improve the appearance of skin. The general principal is a chemical solution applied to the skin, this solution injures and removes the outer layer of skin. As the skin heals, a new growth or layer of skin is produced.
Chemical peels treat conditions similar to microdermabrasion including fine lines, wrinkles, mild scarring, acne scarring, age spots, and dark patches can be treated.
Prior to your chemical peel, Dr. Sampson may prescribe topical, pre-conditioning medications such as Retin A or Glycolic Acid. These medications help to prepare the skin for the best result after chemical peeling.
There are different types of chemical peels available. Dr. Sampson and/or his esthetician will carefully choose the type of chemical peel to give the best result for each patient. Dr. Sampson strongly believes in an individual plan of care for patient so make an appointment soon for your complimentary evaluation in our medical spa.
The types of chemical peels available include Alphahydroxy Acid (AHA's) such as Glycolic, Lactic or the fruity acids. These peels are used to treat fine wrinkles, areas of blotchiness, uneven pigmentation, and superficial acne scars. The Alphahydroxy peels are available in various concentration and can be used for treatment of patients who have an interest in a no "down time" procedure. These peels provide an effective regimen that allows return to work within minutes of use. Dr. Sampson will discuss with each patient their time constraints that affect treatment and he will make plans accordingly.
Another peeling agent Dr. Sampson uses include Trichlorecetic Acid (TCA). This peel is also available in various concentrations and is used for the medium depth peeling, fine and deep surface wrinkles, blemishes, and acne scars. These peels usually result in a deeper surface injury and have more of a "down time" than the Alphahydroxy peels. Dr. Sampson will evaluate each patient taking into consideration the extent of the deformity and each patient's limitations before prescribing a treatment regimen of either AHA's or the TCA. Please call for your appointment today.