A Brand New Peeling
As a result of being our first line of defense, our skin visibly accumulates the damage caused by the sun and our environment as discoloration, lesions, wrinkles, loss of elasticity, and looseness. To address some of these skin concerns, at Brobst Facial Plastic Surgery in Plano Chemical Peels can be considered, and our medical professionals can provide guidance on the most suitable options for your specific needs during a consultation.
Preventative, supportive, and corrective measures are impactful in optimizing skin functionality and appearance. If you have concerns about the present state of your facial skin, we encourage you to visit us at Brobst Facial Plastic Surgery and Aesthetics in Plano so that you can make an informed decision regarding the next steps. That may include a chemical peel or another modality to help you reach your goal.
Even Skin Tone
Chemical peels usually are alpha hydroxy acids, beta hydroxy acids, or blends. They fall into our category of tried and true methods of facial rejuvenation, as they have been used effectively for thousands of years. Peels are applied directly to the skin surface and lead to the denaturing and clumping of the keratin layer, epidermal damage, and/or dermal injury. These are classified as superficial, medium, and deep-depth peels. The depth of injury and the associated wound response dictate the ultimate result and recovery required. Medium and deep peels induce improvement in both collagen and elastin, whereas superficial peels induce skin cell turnover and evenness of the keratin layer.
At Brobst Facial Plastic Surgery and Aesthetics, our focus is on correcting and improving what you see as imperfections. Acne, fine lines, wrinkles, discoloration, scars, and more can be a source of insecurities, but with the right treatments, such as chemical peels Plano patients can achieve healthier and younger-looking skin.
New Skin, New You
Acne, acne scars, sun damage, an uneven skin tone, fine lines and wrinkles, and a rough or uneven texture are just some of the skin issues that can be addressed with a chemical peel. Incorporating chemical peels into your beauty routine has several positive effects. A chemical peel may be used to get a more even and healthy skin tone. Collagen, a protein that gives the skin structure and suppleness, is produced more significantly after a chemical peel. This can give your skin a firmer, younger look while also reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Acne and acne scars can both benefit from chemical peels, which remove the outermost layers of skin where acne blemishes occur. In order to correct pigmentation anomalies, chemical peels can be used to remove the outer layers of the skin. Sun damage, such as age spots and freckles, can be less noticeable after undergoing a chemical peel since the procedure removes the skin's outermost layers, which are rich in pigment.
Although chemical peels have been shown to be safe and effective for most people, they may be wrong for you. Schedule your consultation with Brobst Plastic Surgery and Aesthetics to find out if a chemical peel is safe and effective for your needs. People who are suitable candidates for chemical peels are healthy and have reasonable expectations for the procedure.
Chemical Peels are foundational in facial rejuvenation. They can be used to reach many of your skin care goals through an initial skin injury followed by marked improvement during the repair. These qualitative changes include the treatment of skin surface irregularities, wrinkles, benign lesions, precancerous lesions, scars, acne, rosacea, discoloration, smaller pore appearance, and tightened skin. The results of treatment are dependent on the product used and the skill of the person performing the treatment. In capable hands, these treatments can be utilized to obtain substantial improvement consistent with the depth of injury and downtime available.
Superficial peels, or “lunchtime peels,” target uneven skin texture and discoloration by causing epidermal turnover. Single-agent glycolic acids, trichloroacetic acid (TCA), salicylic acid, and Jessner’s solution are effective as stand-alone, but more commonly, we utilize blended peels by ViPeel, SkinCeuticals, and Epionce. Regular superficial peels are preventative skin care and are frequently used for the management of acne, melasma, and early age-related changes. These can be used in any skin type. Medium-depth peels are better at skin tightening, targeting mild to moderate wrinkles, age spots, and superficial scarring. Agents vary, but we most commonly utilize 88% phenol or a combination of 35% TCA and Jessner’s solution, better known as a Monheit peel. These are limited to lighter skin types due to the possibility of pigmentary changes.
Deep chemical peels reach the reticular dermis and can only be used in select patients. The most common types include the Hetter peel, and the Baker Gordon peel. Both are effective for skin tightening, medium to deep wrinkle resolution, treatment of precancerous lesions, and discoloration, but are infrequently used in our practice due to considerable downtime, prolonged redness, and hypopigmentation. At this depth, we more frequently utilize laser modalities.
Revitalize your look
A chemical peel discussion is part of an overall skin care consultation where we will be focused on what you identify as your problem conditions and what factors may be contributing. We will obtain photographs and assess your skin closely as part of an overall facial exam and history. We will consider all the treatment options and allow you to make an educated decision on what is the best fit for the condition and available downtime. We will also discuss comfort measures and the recommended setting for each depth of the peel.
Skin Health is Important
For all chemical peels, we ask you to use sunscreen and avoid any extended sun exposure for two weeks prior. Medium and Deep peels are often pretreated with a topical agent to improve skin uniformity and decrease the risk of hyperpigmentation. On the day of the procedure, comfort measures are utilized as indicated for the depth of treatment. This may be topical anesthesia, local anesthetic injections, Pronox analgesia, fanning or chiller use, and possible sedation or general anesthesia for medium and deep peel procedures. As an initial step, the facial skin is cleaned of makeup and any residual oils. The peel is then applied according to the facial subunits to confirm even and adequate coverage until the endpoint is reached. Depending on the peel, a level of frosting is observed. If required, the peel is neutralized. Once completed, sunscreen and moisturizer are used to help protect the skin. In deeper procedures, facial blocks and other analgesia are considered to maximize comfort during the post-procedure period. However, most discomfort is brief and does not require ongoing measures after the procedure.
A Part of Your Skincare Routine
For a superficial peel, we recommend sun avoidance, sunscreen, and basic skin care In these peels, the skin may only flake and can be easily controlled with additional moisturizer during this period. Peeling usually begins on the third day and is complete by the end of the week. The skin will need to be treated gently during this period, and picking or becoming overheated should be avoided. In medium or deep peels, the recovery process may take longer. Antibiotics and antiviral treatments are typically employed to help avoid issues. As the healing continues, a routine skin care plan will need to be followed. In-office follow-ups are frequent during this period, and any prolonged redness or pigmentation is managed with the addition of topical steroids and anti-pigmentation agents, respectively. Once healed, your skin will look great, and we will create a skincare plan to maximize the longevity of your results.
The frequency of chemical peel treatments can vary depending on the peel used and your specific skin concerns being treated. In general, superficial peels (such as alpha hydroxy acid, beta hydroxy acids, and blended peels) can be performed every three to six weeks. In contrast, medium-depth peels (such as trichloroacetic acid peels) can be performed every six to twelve months if desired. Deep peels (such as Hetter and Baker Gordon peels) are more aggressive and are typically performed only once, as the recovery time can be longer and the risks of complications are greater. It is essential for you to follow the recommendations of Dr. Brobst and the team at Brobst Facial Plastic Surgery and Aesthetics in Plano when it comes to the planned frequency and recovery from chemical peel treatments. They will consider factors such as the type of peel being used, the condition of your skin, and your specific skin concerns when determining the appropriate customized treatment plan. It is also essential to follow a proper skincare routine and use sun protection to maintain the chemical peel results and prevent future skin damage.
The cost of chemical peels is impacted by the depth of peel required to meet your goals, the total number of areas treated, the number of treatments required, the procedure set, the number of follow-up appointments required, and the skill and experience of your provider.
Health insurance will not cover the cost of chemical peels for cosmetic purposes.
We want to welcome you into our Plano office for a consultation to chat about how we can protect and preserve your beauty. We want to get to know you as a person and develop a plan that best fits your needs and lifestyle. At Brobst Facial Plastic Surgery and Aesthetics, you’re more than a patient — you’re part of our family. We want to take care of you the way family should. Schedule your consultation to get started today.