Chemical Peels (Thousand Oaks)
Chemical Peels are procedures used to resurface the skin of the face and neck. They can treat mild to moderate sun damage, very fine wrinkles, and other minor skin blemishes. They do not address deep wrinkles, skin excess or sagging, and are not a substitute for more invasive procedures such as a facelift. Chemical peels work best as an adjunct to other facial rejuvenation procedures.
Who is a good candidate?
The ideal candidates are women and men with fair complexions seeking improvement in fine wrinkles, sun blotches, and other minor skin irregularities.
Who is not a good candidate?
People with very dark or black skin are not good candidates due to a high risk of permanent pigment abnormalities. Anyone who has taken isotretinoin (Accutane) must wait a minimum of 12 months before undergoing a chemical peel due to the severe risk of scarring. Patients who have a history of cold sores (oral herpes simplex infection) must take prophylactic anti-herpes medication (such as acyclovir) before undergoing a chemical peel.
How do chemical peels work?
Chemical peels work by creating a controlled “burn” of the outer layers of the dermis (skin). The remaining deeper dermis then regenerates, creating a smoother, younger looking appearance to the skin.
Which chemical peels do you offer at the Kryger Institute?
There are many different peels used in plastic surgery. They range from mild peels that only work on the superficial layers to peels that penetrate into the deeper layers of the skin. Our peel of choice is the TCA chemical peel. By varying the concentration from 10-35 percent we can precisely control the strength of the peel and the depth of penetration. Talk to your surgeon to see if the TCA peel is right for you or if you may be a candidate for a different chemical peel.
Is the peel performed in the office?
The chemical peel can be performed in the clinic or in the operating room if you are undergoing another procedure. Some procedures, however, cannot be performed at the same time as a chemical peel. During your office consultation, your surgeon will discuss with you the best place to perform your peel.
How painful is a chemical peel?
There is only a small amount of burning associated with the peel. A topical numbing medicine can be used before the peel is applied, however injection of anesthesia is not necessary.
Will I look like a different person?
Absolutely not. The idea is to make you look younger with healthier more youthful skin, and not to make you look like a different person.
How long does it take to work and how long does it last?
A chemical peel begins to work immediately. It takes about two weeks, however, for the outer layers of skin to completely “peel” off and for the redness to go away. As long as you stay out of the sun and wear lots of sunscreen, use a good skin moisturizer, and avoid smoking, the results of the peel can last for many years.
What do I have to do after the chemical peel?
You should keep your face as clean as possible by washing it gently with soap and water. Harsh scrubbing is not advisable. Afterwards, you should apply a moisturizing ointment to the face such as Vitamin A & D ointment. Your surgeon will tell you when to begin this routine, and which soap and moisturizer to use. Also, you should avoid direct sun exposure to the face for several weeks following the peel.
What if I have a problem? When should I call the office?
The Kryger Institute welcomes calls from patients. If you have any concerns at any time, please feel free to call our office. If it is an emergency, the answering service is available 24 hours a day, including weekends and holidays. There is always a plastic surgeon on call. Your surgeon will discuss all the risks and potential complications with you before surgery. You will receive detailed instructions about situations that warrant a call to the office.