Youthful Skin With Chemical Peels
What Are Chemical Peels?
Chemical peels remove damaged outer layers of skin to make skin smoother, reduce scarring and remove blemishes.
Types Of Chemical Peels
Ranging from mild to strong, there are three types of chemical peels offered by Plastic Surgery Specialists of New Jersey: alphahydroxy acid (AHA), trichloroacetic acid (TCA) and phenol. The strength of each peel is tailored to the patient.
Can Chemical Peels Be Combined With Other Treatments?
Peels can be combined with other procedures, such as facelifts, for additional improvement to skin. Chemical peels may be covered by insurance if they are performed for medical rather than cosmetic reasons.
Where Are Chemical Peels Performed?
Chemical peels are performed in a plastic surgeon's or dermatologist's office, or an outpatient surgical center. Anesthesia is not required because TCA and phenol have anesthetic properties, and AHA produces only a slight stinging.
The Chemical Peel Treatment
During a TCA or phenol peel, the skin is cleansed and the solution is applied, which may cause a brief stinging sensation. Petroleum jelly or a waterproof adhesive tape may be put on the skin following a phenol peel. During an AHA peel, the skin is cleansed and the solution applied; there is no need for post-peel ointment or covering.
What Happens After A Chemical Peel?
A phenol or TCA peel can result in tingling or throbbing, reddened skin, a crust or scab, and significant swelling that lasts, depending on the strength of the peel used, about a week. With a phenol peel, eyes may be swollen shut at first, and the patient may be put on a liquid diet and advised to keep talking to a minimum. Any tape used is removed after a day or two. AHA peels can cause temporary stinging, redness and irritation, as well as flaking or crusting. After a chemical peel, it is essential that the skin be protected from the sun.
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For more information on chemical peels or to schedule your appointment, contact Plastic Surgery Specialists of New Jersey today!
Obagi® Blue Peel®
The Obagi® Blue Peel® chemical peel helps to reverse the effects of aging, sun damage and other skin conditions. It improves skin's appearance by removing dead skin cells and promoting the growth of new ones. Plastic Surgery Specialists of New Jersey's Obagi Blue Peel chemical peel can be used by nearly anyone, regardless of skin color and type. A superficial-to-medium-depth peel, it is usually used on the face, but can be used on the neck, chest, hands, back, arms and legs. The Obagi Blue Peel chemical peel is used to treat, fine lines, wrinkles, acne scars, large pores, and hyperpigmentation.
The Obagi Blue Peel chemical peel uses trichloroacetic acid (TCA), combined with the patented Obagi Blue Base, to peel off damaged layers of skin. After the peel is applied, the patient experiences a slight burning sensation that lasts for a few minutes. Treatment time is usually less than an hour. Afterwards, treated skin has a bluish tint, which washes off within 24 hours.