Chemical peels come in varying strengths and may be used to improve the tone and texture of the skin. They essentially remove the damaged outer layers of skin to reveal a healthier, more youthful look. Your individual skin issues will determine the particular chemical that is used in your chemical peel. The mildest peels are comprised of alphahydroxy acid (AHA). Anesthesia is not required for AHA peels and there is little downtime or recovery, allowing patients to resume their normal activities right away. AHA peels may require periodic treatments for optimal results.
Trichloroacetic acid (TCA) peels can be performed at varying strengths but are typically performed as a medium strength peel, while phenol peels are the strongest. These peels typically have an anesthetic mixed into the chemical solution, though patients undergoing a phenol peel may opt for sedation as well. Some tingling, swelling, redness and crusting may occur during the recovery. Patients can typically return to work within seven to ten days following a TCA peel and within two or more weeks after a phenol peel. TCA peels may require more than one treatment to achieve the desired results.
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