Peels have made a resurgence in aesthetics. Patients and physicians alike have recognized that they can play a major role in improving the texture and quality of the skin, giving it a glow, and a more even texture. They offer very little downtime, are not painful, and are easy to incorporate in a maintenance schedule. As well, for patients who want to ease their way into esthetic procedures, peels are a nice way to start, to keep skin healthy looking.
Glycolic Acid Peels
Glycolic acid is well known for its anti-aging benefits, as well as treatment for acne. It can improve skin tone, decrease hyperpigmentation or brown spots, and improve fine lines. Glycolic acid is safe to use on darker colored skin, including black skin. Usually a series of 3 to 4 peels (2 week intervals) are required to reach the desired effect, although this number may vary from person to person. To maintain the effect, most patients return for a peel every 3 to 4 months. There may be some redness and peeling the day after, but this is usually mild and transient.
Retinoic Acid Peels
Retinoic acid (RA) is a derivative of Vitamin A and can treat common conditions including photodamaged skin and acne.
When used to treat acne, its function is to unblock blocked follicles. RA peels accelerate the process by removing the blackheads and whiteheads, decreasing the redness or erythema of the skin, and fading the hyperpigmentation caused by acne. RA peels may be combined with other treatments, including Blu-U and other prescribed medications to better control your acne.
For the treatment of photodamaged skin, RA peels can improve the appearance of brown spots (lentigos), wrinkles, roughness and coarseness. It is an excellent, non-invasive treatment to combat the signs of aging and can be used in combination with other anti-age treatments and serums.
A series of peels, performed every 2 weeks, are required to achieve these benefits. Some redness and peeling can occur for a couple of days following the peel. Overall, peels are well tolerated. Your health care team will guide you through the process to obtain maximum and long lasting results.
How to schedule a consult
To schedule your consult to evaluate if RA peels are the right treatment for you, please call to schedule your consultation at 514-788-3200 for Dr. Carey and 514-788-3300 for Dr. Wang.