Chemical Peels Lafayette, LA

What is a chemical peel?

There are several cosmetic treatments that utilize the skins natural abilities to heal and regenerate. One of the most popular procedures at Coccolare, working under this principle, are chemical peels. Chemical peels involve the controlled application of toxic chemicals to the skin that results in the controlled death of skin tissues. The depth of the wound or damage that is made by your doctor depends on the severity of the condition that will be treated. After each treatment, the skin regenerates itself either from the deep layers of the skin or from the undamaged tissues surrounding it and patients can see younger and healthier skin.

What are the types of chemical peels?

Chemical peels are categorized based on how deep the chemical should penetrate the skin and the type of solution that will be used for the procedure.

  • Superficial peels this is the mildest chemical peel and is applicable for all skin types. Superficial peels commonly use glycolic acid and sometimes dry ice or solid CO2. This procedure only affects the uppermost layer of the skin or the epidermis and cannot penetrate the deeper layers.
  • Medium peels These peels penetrate more deeply and reach the dermis of the skin.  It uses Trichloroacetic acid or several treatment steps using a different solution that is followed by TCA and causes a second-degree burn.
  • Deep Peels  this chemical peel can reach the deeper layers of the dermis and also causes a second-degree burn by using phenol.  This type is usually not recommended for those with darker skin because it can bleach the skin and cause hypopigmentation.

What are chemical peel procedures like?

For our patients in Lafayette, LA, superficial peels start with cleaning of the skin and the application of the chemical to be used using a small brush, gauze, or a cotton-tipped applicator. This is left on the skin for several minutes and the process will be neutralized by water or alcohol and then wiped off.  Patients will feel a burning sensation while the chemical is on their face.  Bandages will be applied and patients will be provided instructions for post-treatment care.

Medium peels follow the same procedure as superficial peels but the chemicals are left to soak the skin for a longer period.  This can be more painful than superficial peels because the chemical used is stronger and penetrates deeper into the skin. Patients will be given pain relievers, and oral sedatives to make the procedure comfortable. The whole procedure lasts for about 40 minutes and patients will not feel any pain or discomfort after the procedure.

Deep peels take the longest among the three types and unfortunately, are also the most painful.  After administering anesthesia, your stats will be closely monitored because the improper dosage of phenol may be very harmful to the body so this is put in place to ensure your safety. The chemical will be applied to the skin and will be allowed to soak.  If there are other areas to be treated, a 15-minute interval is observed to avoid having too much phenol concentration in the body.  The entire procedure takes about 60 to 90 minutes to complete.

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