Peels in Beverly Hills
This treatment uses a chemical solution to improve and smooth the texture of your facial skin by removing the damaged outer layers. It can be useful if you have wrinkles, facial blemishes and/or uneven skin pigmentation, such as that caused by sun exposure, a common problem in sunny California. A chemical peel may also remove pre-cancerous skin growths, soften acne facial scars and even control acne. Although a chemical peel can be performed at the same time as a facelift, it is not a substitute for a facelift, and like a facelift, it will not slow or prevent further facial aging. In certain cases, health insurance may cover the peel procedure, so we suggest that you check with your health insurance carrier before you schedule a chemical peel.
Phenol, trichloroacetic acid (TCA) and alphahydroxy acids (AHAs) are chemicals that are used for this purpose. The precise formula is adjusted to meet each patient’s needs. All chemical peels carry some uncertainty and risk, although they are normally a safe procedure when performed by a qualified, experienced plastic surgeon. However, because each person’s skin is unique, some unpredictability and risks such as infection and scarring, while infrequent, are possible.
A TCA peel (trichloroacetic acid) is the most common of the medium-depth peel. Jessner’s solution, glycolic acid, salicylic acid, and other agents are also used. With a TCA peel, your healed skin will be able to produce pigment as always; the peel will not bleach the skin. However, TCA-peel patients are advised to avoid sun exposure for several months after treatment to protect the newly formed layers of skin. Even though TCA is milder than phenol, it may also produce some unintended color changes in the skin.
Here is a brief description of two types of peel formulas :
AHAs (Alphahydroxy acids)
- Smooths rough, dry skin
- Improves texture of sun-damaged skin
- Aids in control of acne
- Can be mixed with bleaching agent to correct pigment problems
- Can be used as TCA pre-treatment
- A series of peels may be needed
- As with most peel treatments, sunblock use is recommended
TCA (Trichloroacetic acid)
- Smooths out fine surface wrinkles
- Removes superficial blemishes
- Corrects pigment problems
- Can be used on neck or other body areas
- May require pre-treatment with Retin-A or AHA creams