Over time, skin complexion naturally can become dull and damaged. Whether this is from too much sun exposure, acne or scars, all contribute to issues with your complexion. These issues can lead to an increased consciousness about your look. Dr. Manolis utilizes chemical peel skin treatments to restore your skin to its vibrant, youthful appearance. Chemical peels consist of a topical treatment that removes damaged outer layers of your skin, encouraging rejuvenation of healthy skin cells.
If your skin has acne, acne scars, uneven skin pigmentation and/or sun damage, chemical peel treatments at our office at Orland Park Plastic Surgery can help restore your skin’s smoothness and texture. These non-invasive, topical treatments may also help remove pre-cancerous skin growth, as well as, soften facial acne scars.
What does it do?
Chemical peels are similar to other AHA peels where glycolic acid peels removes the top layer of dead cells on your skin. This reveals a new layer that is smoother-textured and more vibrant-looking. Chemical peels help with fine lines, minor skin discolorations (such as "age" spots), and dry patches known as solar keratoses. These treatments are also useful for treating acne and for removing, or minimizing, old acne scars. Glycolic acid peels are also believed to stimulate the growth of collagen, a protein that helps give skin its structure. The loss of collagen due to aging and sun exposure is one of the major factors involved in the formation of lines and wrinkles.
To increase the effectiveness of the chemical peel, Dr. Manolis may recommend that you combine it with another treatment that removes the top micro-layer of skin: microdermabrasion.
Treatment with Glycolic Acid
Chemical peels may be administered in concentrations from 20% to 80%. The stronger the concentration of the peel, the deeper the peel will dissolve tissue. If someone is using Retin-A or Retinoid-like medications it will make a glycolic peel have a stronger effect, so let Dr. Manolis know if you are using such medications.
For a few days after treatment, your skin will look slightly reddened, and it may peel a bit. It will
also be dry--a side effect that can be relieved with a moisturizer. You’ll need to wear a sunscreen for
several weeks, as your skin will be more vulnerable than usual to sunburn. As with other types of
AHA peels, certain people--particularly those using the acne drug Accutane or those with active cold sores--should not have this particular skin-rejuvenation treatment. Going through a physician’s office will help ensure not only that you’re a candidate for a glycolic acid peel, but also that you’ll receive safe and effective care.
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