A chemical peel uses exfoliating solutions such as Trichloroacetic acid (TCA), Phenol, or Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs). These peels address the textural changes that occur in the skin with the negative effects of time and environmental factors like smoking, sun damage and facial expressions. Chemical peels vary in their strength, depth of penetration and their overall effect.
TCA Peels are mild peels, but much deeper than the peels available at spas and non-medical settings. In each session, peel solution is applied to your face. This removes outer layers of unhealthy skin. You may experience some burning and stinging, but this soon dissipates. After the outer skin layer peels, it is replaced with new, more youthful skin.
Phenol-Croton Oil Peel
This facial peel peels the top layers of your skin. Croton Oil causes dermal injury and realigns the elastic fibers and collagen in the deeper layers of your skin. As healing takes place, new collagen forms in the deep dermal layers of your skin. The end result is healthier skin that is radiant, smoother and thicker. A Phenol-Croton oil peel is uncomfortable enough to require anesthesia. Healing time can differentiate per patient.
What to Expect
Dr. Johnston will review your medical history and discuss your concerns and goals. There is the opportunity for questions and an explanation of the procedure(s). A second consultation may be recommended for final questions and to discuss the risks of treatment. Insurance does not cover chemical peels since it is considered a cosmetic procedure designed to improve appearance. You should expect to spend 7-10 days off work, and may have crusting, swelling and peeling for 1 week. After that, makeup can be applied and patients are able to return to work.