Chemical Peels: Beautiful Skin Without A Laser
The desire to reverse the aging process has generated tremendous interest throughout history. Even Cleopatra applied chemicals to improve the quality of her skin. "The goal of chemical peeling is to remove the outer, damaged layer of skin, giving you softer skin with less wrinkles and discolorations," states Dr. Don Revis, Jr., a plastic surgeon in Ft. Lauderdale who performs the procedure."The effects of chemical peeling are similar to what can be achieved with other skin resurfacing methods, such as the carbon dioxide laser, with a few important differences. Unfortunately, with the application of laser technology to plastic surgery 10 to 12 years ago, many practitioners largely abandoned chemical peeling in favor of this new technology."
According to Dr. Revis, however, this new technology left many patients with prolonged healing times, redness of the skin up to one year after the laser treatment, and a greater potential for permanent scarring or lightening of the skin than occurs following chemical peeling. "Just because a new treatment modality exists does not mean it is right for every patient," according to Dr. Revis. "Every patient must be addressed individually. I still use the laser for skin resurfacing in some of my patients, but most of my patients lead very active lifestyles and wish to return to them as soon as possible with little chance of prolonged healing."
Chemical peels involve the application of solutions to the skin to cause shedding of the damaged, outer layers. Dr. Revis may perform the procedure in his office or in an outpatient surgery center using light sedation, depending on the depth of the peel and your overall medical condition. You can expect to experience a mild burning sensation upon application of the chemicals, but this dissipates rapidly. Overall, the procedure is accomplished in 30 to 45 minutes.
With deeper peels, the shedding of the outer layers is completed by seven to 10 days. Your new skin will be more soft and supple, appear more youthful, and have fewer wrinkles and discolorations. Dr. Revis may also recommend a home skin care regimen to enhance and prolong the effects of your treatment.
Dr. Don Revis, Jr., is board certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery.