Do you have problematic skin? Perhaps its acne, or maybe wrinkles that make you feel self-conscious? Fortunately, at Artisan Plastic Surgery & Laser Center, Dr. Castor has the answer for you: chemical peels!
What Is a Chemical Peel?
Chemical peels are an effective solution for men and women of all ages who are experiencing a variety of skin ailments. A chemical peel takes advantage of medical grade chemical agents to remove the outer layer of the skin’s surface. Chemical peels successfully lighten pigmentation, smooth skin texture, lessen the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and can help with acne breakouts.
When applied to the skin, a chemical peel helps to remove the “glue” that holds the older, rougher, and dryer skin cells onto our face’s surface. After the top layer of the skin is removed, the fresh, newer layer is visible. Chemical peels can be utilized on the face, neck, chest, back, arms, and legs. You’ll be amazed at how young and clear your skin looks!
We Perform Different Types of Chemical Peels at Artisan Plastic Surgery & Laser Center
To ensure that we can help you achieve your best skin, we perform a number of different chemical peels at our Tampa, FL plastic surgery practice. Popular choices include:
- Glycolic Acid: As the name suggests, Glycolic Acid Chemical Peels take advantage of glycolic acid. The chemical is derived from sugar cane and is a fruit acid. Glycolic acid peels are popular amongst those with wrinkles and acne. It’ll even be much less oily!
- TCA: TCA (trichloracetic acid) is actually a relative of vinegar (acetic acid). TCA peels are often used to treat sun damage, reduce brown, age, and sun spots, and control acne as well as reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. TCA peels can also effectively improve melasma.
To best meet your skin’s needs, TCA peels can be performed at different depths, from shallow to deep. Lighter peels are performed in a series of two or three; the advantage of a lighter peel is that there is no downtime. Medium depth TCA peels are only needed once or twice a year, but take note that they do require some downtime. However, it’s only for about a week! The best areas to treat are the face, neck, chest, back, arms, and legs.
Are There Any Side Effects with Chemical Peels?
Chemical peels are generally well tolerated. To ensure your utmost comfort, a topical anesthetic may be applied to slightly numb your skin. Depending on the depth of the chemical peel you choose, you may experience some redness, and there may be mild to moderate swelling directly following the peel. This is temporary and will resolve within two to three days. You’ll be sensitive to the sun for six to eight weeks following your treatment, so be sure to keep your skin protected by wearing sunscreen, hats, and sunglasses.
Chemical Peels in Tampa, Florida
If you’re interested in a chemical peel or have questions about any other procedure, be sure to schedule a consultation with Dr. Castor and his trusted team at 813-971-2000. You’ll be on your way to clearer skin!