The New Chemical Peels Can Diminish Wrinkles, Patchiness, and Superficial Acne Scars!
Got a free lunch hour? Suddenly, the glycolic chemical peel – a once obscure dermtologic procedure – is becoming routine in dermatology and plastic surgery offices around the country. Both men and women are making the “lunch-time” peel a very popular procedure.
Many people who would not choose to have cosmetic surgery, are electing to make use of the Topix glycolic acid peel that is offered in this office. Alpha hydroxy acids (AHA), or “fruit acids” are naturally occurring substances found in common foods, such as in sugar cane (ie. Glycolic acids), sour milk (ie. Lactic acids”, grapes, apples, and citrus fruit (ie. Citric acids). Gycolic acid dislodges or dissolves the cellular “glue” that clumps dead skin cells together. It is the dead cell buildup that contributes to the many skin problems and conditions we see in this office. Scientific studies suggest that the smallest molecular size of the Glycolic acid is precisely what makes its penetration potential superior to its fruit acid siblings.
Peels work on a simple premise. A chemical solution is applied to skin that is wrinkled, scarred, sun-damaged, or otherwise pigmented. This solution causes several of the top layers of skin to dry up and to peel off over a period of several days. When the old layer has peeled off, it exposes a new layer of undamaged skin which has a smoother, younger, more even-looking appearance.
There are several kinds of peels ranging from “mild” glycolic acid peels, which will remove the top layers of skin, to medium-strength and deep peels. Mild peels tingle and sting, but they are NOT associated with having to take any time off from work. Affecting only the most superficial layers, they brighten dull complexions and leave skin feeling smoother, but the difference is subtle: makeup glides on more easily; your skin looks more refreshed; sun damaged areas are lightened; acne scars are less visible. Research conducted by Lawrence Moy, M.D., clinical instructor at UCLA, suggests a series of five to seven applications of of the mild glycolic acid peels in order to achieve the best results and it may actually encourage the production of collagen in the dermis, visibly firming sagging skin. Practitioners clam these benefits will last for years – as long as an at-home maintenance program of glycolic acid products is continued.
The main advantage of the Topix Glycolic peel over the medium-strength TCA peels and phenol deep peels is the lack of “down-time”. The TCA and phenol peels are similar procedures, except sedatives and antibiotics are usually administered because of the pain and risk of infection. Dermatologists report that most patients remain at home for at least a week after these stronger peels because of the reddening, flaking, even blistering that can last up to 10 days. The discomfort from the Topix Glycolic peel is very minor yet you will notice results. “MINIMAL IRRITATION” combined with maximum results over a course of therapy.
If you are considering a chemical peel, approach it as you would any medical procedure – be informed about the risks and be realistic about the benefits. Please feel free to ask for more details when coming in for a visit.