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Chemical Skin Peel: Light to Medium Skin in Fort Lauderdale

Skin peeling involves an application of a chemical solution to sun-damaged, unevenly pigmented, and finely wrinkled facial areas. The procedure is used to diminish imperfections by peeling away the skin's top layers.

Chemical peels vary according to their specific ingredients and their strength. Depth of peeling action may also depend on factors, such as how long solutions remain on the skin and whether they’re lightly applied, or more heavily or vigorously applied. Dr. Moon will select the best chemical or chemical mix for your skin.

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What is the procedure?

A solution is applied using a sponge, cotton pad, cotton swab or brush to the areas to be treated (or the entire face, avoiding the eyes, brows and lips).

Generally, the most superficial peels are those using alpha hydroxy acids (AHA), such as glycolic, lactic or fruit acid. Various concentrations of an AHA may be applied weekly or at longer intervals to obtain the best result. A trichloroacetic acid (TCA) peel is stronger, and has a greater depth of peel compared to AHAs.

AHA:

  • No anesthesia or sedation is needed, and you’ll only feel a mild tingling or stinging sensation when the solution is applied.
  • Sometimes a single treatment will give skin a healthier, radiant look.
  • There’s no downtime — you can immediately resume normal activities.
  • It can be mixed with a facial cream or wash in milder concentrations as part of a daily skincare regimen.

TCA:

  • TCA is especially effective in treating darker-skinned patients.
  • It can possibly be used to achieve some effects of a deep peel, depending on the concentration and manner of application.
  • It generally has a shorter recovery time than with a deep (phenol) peel.
  • Multiple treatments may be required.
  • May require pre-treatment with AHA or Retin-A creams.
  • Deeper TCA peel may result in 2-3 days of restricted activity.

Are there risks?

Both AHA and TCA are short, safe procedures. No covering or after-peel ointment is necessary. Sun block is strongly recommended, especially with TCA treatment. Skin pores may appear larger, and the skin may not tan evenly following a chemical peel. Some facial skin disorders do not respond to chemical peeling.

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