Tampa Chemical Peels
A chemical peel is an aesthetic procedure performed to achieve better skin tone and remove fine lines, especially on the face. The chemical solution removes the outer layers of skin which are damaged by age, sun, acne, wrinkles, or pigmentation problems. Removing the outer skin prompts the body to generate a new layer of skin cells which are not tainted by the previous skin condition.
At New Tampa Plastic Surgery, we offer several different types of chemical peels which we individualize to each patient depending on their skin type and treatment goals.
Reasons for Considering a Chemical Peel in Tampa:
Improve sun-damaged skin
Reduce facial wrinkles and lines
Lighten scars (especially from acne)
Correct age spots, freckling and pigmentation problems
The Chemical Peel Procedure
At the time of your procedure, any active skin disease, infection, or acne needs to be under control in order to maximize results. There are several different types of chemical solutions which can be used, ranging from a mild solution to a very strong one. At New Tampa Plastic Surgery, we will select what peel is best for the patient based on their skin condition, color, and desired result.
During the procedure, the skin is first cleansed of oils. The peeling agent is then carefully applied and is allowed to remain on the skin for a short time in order to remove the layers of damaged skin. The duration of time that the peel is left on the skin varies with the type of peel used. Depending on the peels used, the skin may turn white following application, a frost-like effect. Mild stinging is not uncommon during the peel. The skin may then need to be neutralized and cleansed, depending on the specific peeling agent used. Finally, an ointment is applied to the skin to aid in healing.
Recovery following a Chemical Peel
Generally, post-operative instructions call for plenty of rest and limited movement in order to speed up the healing process and recovery time. An ointment and dressings are applied immediately following the peel to aid in the healing process and to minimize swelling. Routine use of sunscreen is important following a skin peel. The skin will have a pinkish color, and a thin crust may form over the area that was treated. Depending on the peel used, light flaking of the skin may last for several days to a week. Patients sometimes report minor discomfort associated with the procedure. While complications are rare, patients can minimize potential problems by carefully following the post-operative directions given by the surgeon. Recovery time varies depending upon the extent of the chemical peel.
To find out if you would be a good candidate for a Chemical Peel in Tampa and Wesley Chapel, Florida, schedule your complimentary consultation at New Tampa Plastic Surgery, 813-PLASTIC (752-7842).