Chemical Peel in Cleveland, OH
As our skin ages, the cumulative effect of sun damage and our own genetic makeup lead to many undesirable changes. Facial skin becomes thinner, less hydrated and loses elasticity, leading to the formation of fine lines, wrinkles and deeper skin folds as well as a dehydrated, crepe paper-like appearance. Many of these unwanted changes in texture, thickness and elasticity can be attributed to the gradual loss and disorganization of collagen, which is the major supporting substance found within the dermis, or deeper layer, of the skin. As a result of this process we often see the appearance of smile lines, parentheses, vertical lip lines or lipstick lines, marionette lines, horizontal forehead lines, and deepened nasolabial folds. Sunlight may also cause further damage to the epidermal skin cells and lead to the formation of pigmented “age spots” and pre-cancerous lesions such as actinic keratoses.
Superficial, medium and deep Chemical Peel in Cleveland, OH
Harmych Facial Plastic Surgery specializes in superficial, medium and deep chemical peels in Cleveland, Ohio. Medium and deep chemical peel procedures reverse these changes by affecting both the dermis and epidermis. Superficial chemical peel only targets the epidermis. The epidermis is completely regenerated from cells found naturally within the deeper structures of the skin, such as oil glands and hair follicles. Skin tone, texture and color are improved. Collagen within the dermis is also stimulated to regenerate and reorganize leading to thicker, healthier, more elastic, younger appearing skin. The results are often dramatic.
Who is a candidate for a Chemical Peel?
Healthy men and women with appropriate expectations seeking to improve the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and uneven skin pigmentation may be excellent candidates for a chemical peel. The most ideal patients have fair skin and light colored hair and eyes. Patients who smoke, have underlying severe medical problems, a history of poor wound healing or frequent cold sore outbreaks and patients who have recently used isotreninoin (Accutane) may not be candidates. Chemical peel may be performed as an adjunct procedure to compliment the effects of other facial plastic surgery procedures such as eyelid surgery or blepharoplasty, facelift, neck lift, and scar revision.
How Is a Chemical Peel performed?
Superficial peels are generally performed by a nurse or aesthetician and do not require anesthesia. Medium and deep chemical peels are performed by an experienced surgeon under moderate sedation or general anesthesia. While the patient is asleep, the facial plastic surgeon applies the peeling solution to the affected areas of the face. The depth of the peel is determined by the strength of the solution and application technique used and each chemical peel procedure is tailored to the individual patient’s unique needs.
How long is recovery after Chemical Peel?
Superficial chemical peels have no pain, no downtime and patients return to work and social lives immediately. Medium and deep chemical peels are performed on an outpatient basis with most patients returning to the comfort of their own home within several hours. Chemical peel is not a very painful procedure. Prescription pain medication is usually only required for the first day. A layer of ointment is applied to the face several times every day until the skin is completely healed – usually about one week. Make up may be worn at that time to conceal any residual erythema or redness. Downtime is usually between 7 and 10 days, depending on the depth of the peel. Most patients feel comfortable returning to their work and social lives in about 9 or 10 days.