There are always new and emerging skin rejuvenation procedures on the market, making it difficult to decide which procedure is the best fit. And while there is no denying that many of these new technologies can be very effective, the benefits of chemical peels often prevail, not only in long lasting results, but also in cost effectiveness, when compared to many other options.
Like botulinum toxin (Botox) and other fillers, chemical peels remain one of the most popular wrinkle reduction tools because they are inexpensive, easy to perform and achieve significant results, according to Marina Landau, M.D., Wolfson Medical Center, Sackler School of Medicine, Tel Aviv University, Herzliya Pituach, Israel.
But unlike other popular procedures, chemical peels not only reduce wrinkles, they can also significantly improve other facial imperfections including uneven skin pigmentation, textural skin changes and deeply embedded wrinkles. Chemical peels are also better at treating all over facial wrinkles than Botox and other fillers because they require less upkeep and the results can last for several years says Dr. Landau.
The types of chemical peels differ based on how deeply the chemical penetrates and what type of chemical solution is used. Phenol-based peels in particular, are the most powerful of chemical peels. They often yield drastic results, but if performed incorrectly, can result in severe burning.
“You have to be able to recognize and critically observe the real-time changes seen on the surface of the skin during the peeling procedure, such as blanching, edema and erythema, as these are crucial in determining how deep the peel went,” says Jean-Luc Vigneron, M.D., director of Villabianca Dermatologie Esthétique, Saint Paul de Vence, France.
While deeper phenol-based peels offer more dramatic results, they also present more significant consequences such as substantial pain, and prolonged healing time. Phenol peels typically require 10 days of healing and the skin may retain a red appearance for up to three months.
Trichloroacetic acid, glycolic and salicylic peels present less risk and work to treat various cosmetic problems such as acne, acne scarring and scar tissue. A combination of peels is often recommended to achieve ideal results for specific indications.
The cosmetic benefits of chemical peels can often outweigh the risks, but it is important to discuss your expectations with a plastic surgeon to achieve optimal results. Learn more about chemical peels in Detroit.
Sources: Modern Medicine