Chemical peels are safe and effectual ways to improve your skin’s appearance by making it look younger and fresher. Especially if you have concerns about wrinkles, uneven skin tone, fine lines, dark spots, hyperpigmentation or acne scars. If you live in Metairie or New Orleans, Louisiana, Dr. Sadeghi can help identify your skin goals and recommend the best chemical peel to get you long-lasting and effective results.
What Are Chemical Peels?
This is a procedure that resurfaces skin by applying a solution to either the face, hands, neck, chest, etc. which penetrates deep into the skin to strip it of its uppermost layers. The process itself removes damaged cells and stimulates natural skin regeneration that produces younger, healthier, and smoother skin.
Who Can Benefit from a Chemical Peel?
While almost anyone can benefit from a chemical peel, you may consider one if you have these specific concerns:
- Fine lines around the mouth or eyes
- Hyperpigmentation including age spots, sun damage, or uneven skin tone
One of the many benefits of chemical peels is that they stimulate the skin’s own natural production of collagen and hyaluronic acid that will naturally take over after the procedure. Additionally, chemical peels will allow your skin to react to skin-care products more effectively as your skin is clear of any damaged or dead cells that obstruct products from penetrating it.
How Do Chemical Peels Work?
Peels work to remove damaged skin cells and stimulate new growth. One of the first things to remember when opting for a chemical peel is that there are three different categories depending on type of procedure: mild or superficial, medium, and deep. The deeper the penetration of chemical, the greater the risk of pigmentation or scarring. Avoiding the sun and wearing sunblock is extremely important even after you heal, which Dr. Sadeghi can discuss with you once you decide together what kind of peel is right for you. If in New Orleans, Dr. Sadeghi will ask about medical history and if you have any allergies to help choose the right procedure for you.
A glycolic peel is a superficial chemical peel. It is an in-office procedure that uses a diluted acid which penetrates the skin to remove its outer layers. The treatment can be used on a patient’s hands, neck, chest, and face, and is used to treat:
After the skin has been cleaned, the acid is applied and left for several minutes. There may be mild discomfort that feels like stinging during this time, but it should pass once the chemical is neutralized with a saline solution and wiped away.
Over the next few days, patients may experience flaking and dryness, but using petroleum jelly helps. Wearing sunscreen after the procedure is extremely important and Dr. Sadeghi can explain post-treatment recovery and continued procedures so that you can achieve desired results. Limited sun exposure is essential during the healing process, especially in New Orleans.
Trichloroacetic Acid (TCA) Peel
A medium chemical peel or a TCA peel is an in-office procedure that penetrates the skin deeper than a mild peel. Whatever your concern, Dr. Sadeghi can guide you towards the best treatment. The peel can be applied to the face, neck, chest, shoulders, or back. TCA peels can treat:
- Deep fine lines
- Hyperpigmentation and dark spots
Once the skin has been cleaned, a chemical exfoliant is brushed on and left for at least fifteen minutes to remove the outer layers of damaged skin. During this time, a patient may experience a stinging or burning sensation and the area of treatment may change color. Once the chemical is neutralized with a saline solution and wiped away, the burning sensation should subside. Once the procedure is done, a patient may see redness in the face and skin flaking, which can take up to two weeks to completely heal. Petroleum jelly can keep skin moist and sunscreen use and limited exposure to the sun is critical, especially in New Orleans.
Deep chemical peels are only done on the face as they penetrate several layers of skin to tackle concerns such as:
- Age signs
- Deep wrinkles
- Sun damage
- Pre-cancerous growths
Because phenol is a strong chemical, there is a period of pre-treatment that can last up to two months to prepare the skin. Additionally, local anesthesia on the face and sedation can be used to manage any discomfort as the phenol is brushed onto the skin. The procedure can take up to two hours and a burning sensation may occur. Additionally, skin may turn a greyish color before it is neutralized with water. An ointment will be used on your skin to protect it once the procedure is done. Recovery takes anywhere from 7-14 days during which a patient may deal with peeling, swelling, and redness. Pain management can be administered during this time, which Dr. Sadeghi can help you understand.
Mandelic Acid Peel
Derived from bitter almonds, Mandelic acid is an alpha-hydroxy acid. Considered a mild peel and excellent for sensitive skin, this peel can tackle concerns such as:
- Fine lines
- Dark spots
- Uneven skin tone
It is applied to the skin for 10 minutes, during which time a patient may experience some stinging. Once complete, a patient may experience flaking, but newer, smoother, and glowing skin will be noticeable soon.
Salicylic Acid Peel
A natural substance found in willow bark, salicylic acid is a beta hydroxy acid (BHA) that works on:
- Dark spots
- Sun spots
It works as a mild or medium peel and once the skin is cleansed, the acid can be applied. This can be layered, depending on your discussion with Dr. Sadeghi and your skin goals. Some redness or tingling may be experienced before the peel is neutralized and wiped away after 3 to 5 minutes. A patient will immediately notice a brighter complexion but may experience some flaking over 2 to 4 days of post-treatment. As always, limited sun exposure and sunscreen are vital after treatment.
Pyruvic Acid Peel
Pyruvic acid is an alpha-keto-acid that can be used as a superficial or medium peel. It primarily treats signs of aging such as:
- Fine lines
- Dark spots
- Minimizing pores
Once skin is cleansed, the peel is applied to the face and left for 1 to 3 minutes. The peel can be layered if Dr. Sadeghi and you have discussed specific skin goals, before it is neutralized and wiped away. Most patients do not feel any discomfort post-treatment and enjoy smoother, more even skin.
ZO 3-Step Peel
Known as the “red carpet peel,” the ZO 3-step peel was created by dermatologist Dr. Zein Obagi. It has very little downtime and minimal flaking or redness post treatment. It is conducted in three steps to tackle:
- Wrinkles and fine lines
- Hyperpigmentation and uneven skin tone
- Sun damage
- Large pores
The skin is cleansed and prepped using ZO products before the peel is brushed onto the face and left on for 2 to 4 minutes, during which a patient may feel some discomfort. After the peel, the final step is the application of a retinol cream for hydration and then a calming solution. Five hours later, the cream should be applied again. During post-treatment, one may experience peeling, tightness, and some swelling for a few days.
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