Learn More About Deeper Chemical Peels
Dr. Donn Chatham, Medical Director of Chatham Facial Plastic Surgery & Medical Skin Care offers medical grade chemical peels for healthier and more vibrant skin. Many men and women begin to notice the negative effects of aging, sun and weather damage.
If you are concerned about uneven skin pigmentation, discoloration, fine wrinkles, acne and a leathery texture of your facial skin, you may benefit from a medical chemical peel.
What is a Chemical Peel?
There is a variety of chemical peels that use varying degree of solutions of natural acids (AHA, TCA and phenol) by removing the damaged outer layers. There are three types of chemical peels.
- Mild formula peels using Alphahydroxy acids (AHAs). These light chemical peels treat acne, uneven skin tone and fine lines or wrinkles.
- Median depth peels using Trichlorocetic Acid (TCA). Medium chemical peels treat acne scars, uneven skin tone, and deeper lines and wrinkles.
- Deep peels using carbolic acid (phenol). The deeper chemical peels treat sun damage (brown marks and skin pigmentation), scars, blotchy skin tone, precancerous growths, age and liver spots, and deeper lines and wrinkles.
The precise formulas of the peel’s acid balance are adjusted according to each patient’s needs by Dr. Chatham. Due to the complexity of mixing acids, especially with deeper peels are best performed in the office of an aesthetic surgeon with the training and expertise of applying medical grade chemical peels.
How is a Deep Chemical Peel Applied?
The deeper peel offered by Dr. Chatham is designed for more wrinkled and sun damaged skin. We carefully apply a very precisely developed peeling solution, usually plant-based, onto wrinkled skin. The degree of sun damage and wrinkling will help us determine which peeling agent to use. A topical wound is created, the skin temporarily looks worse, but then gradually develops new skin, which is usually fresher, less wrinkled, pinker, and smoother than the old skin.
Patients require about 7-10 days of downtime, and results are very long lasting. Some surgeons use only lasers for this. There are pros and cons of either method, and patients should understand both options.
Chemical peels are good for patients with more damaged skin who can take 7-10 days off and want to see a more dramatic improvement in their skin.
Why Donn Chatham, MD for your Chemical Peels & Skin Care Services?
Dr. Donn Chatham, Medical Director of Chatham Facial Surgery is a double board-certified surgeon. He is certified by the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the American Board of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery. He is an experienced and highly skilled aesthetic facial rejuvenation surgeon. His surgical skills combined with an artistic eye produce long lasting and natural-looking results for his thousands of satisfied patients. If you desire a surgical facial, non-surgical facial procedure, laser/light-source treatment, and a variety of medical skin care services in a caring and supportive environment, schedule your consultation at one of Dr. Chatham’s two facial centers of aesthetic excellence in Louisville, KY or Albany, IN.