Skin Resurfacing Peels

Skin Resurfacing Peels

Skin resurfacing peels

Age spots and other discolored areas, as well as fine lines and wrinkles, can be treated with a chemical peel. Several types of these peels provide mild to dramatic, long-term improvements. They can improve the appearance of skin on the face, neck, chest or hands.

With this procedure, a substance called trichloracetic acid, or TCA, is applied to the skin. It is then neutralized after a specific time period, depending on the depth of the peel that is appropriate for your skin type and condition. This process causes several layers of your skin to peel and be replaced by new, undamaged skin. This process can reduce fine wrinkles and improve areas of discoloration such as age spots and freckles.

Dr. Marshall offers peels in two strengths. With the milder peel, which uses 20 percent TCA, your skin will be red for about 48 hours. People can usually have this treatment on Friday and go back to work or social events on Monday. It can improve age spots, freckles and some fine lines and wrinkles.

The deeper peel uses 35 percent TCA, and gives the skin the appearance of a bad sunburn for up to several weeks. The skin peels during this time, producing more dramatic improvements with the fresh, new skin beneath. This peel can also treat some acne scarring.

Chemical peels cause very little pain. It’s important for patients to avoid direct sunlight until peeling has stopped, especially with the deeper peels. Sunscreen should be used every day, even after healing, to prevent sun damage to the new, more sensitive skin.

These treatments may not work well for people with dark skin since they tend to lighten the skin color. For these people, Dr. Marshall treats a small patch of skin behind the ear to test the results.