Before and Afters
*Each patient is unique and individual results may vary.
At the Buckingham Center for Facial Plastic Surgery, our surgeons offer chemical peel solutions for men and women in Austin & Sunset Valley, TX. We have surgeons who are Board certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the American Board of Otolaryngology, these surgeons also have extensive training and experience in both surgical and nonsurgical facial treatments. Many people put off having a chemical peel because they are intimidated by the peeling process and fear leaving the treatment center with a bright red face. The post peel treatment reality is, however, a glowing, more youthful and healthy complexion. The surgeon may recommend peels to exfoliate dry skin, improve uneven skin tone and texture or reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, acne scars, breakouts and dark spots.
THE CHEMICAL PEEL PROCEDURE
In the 90s, many physicians replaced chemical peels in favor of full ablative laser and resurfacing techniques. However, because these new resurfacing treatments had a higher risk of scarring and pigmentation loss, the cosmetic field introduced fractionated CO2 laser technology and returned to chemical peeling to achieve significant skin rejuvenation with minimal risk. Our surgeons have experience with many of the most popular peeling and laser resurfacing treatments on the market, and only offer the most reliable and trusted treatments for use at the Buckingham Center.
Each patient receives a customized treatment plan that is designed to meet his or her specific needs. People of every skin type and skin sensitivity can benefit from the wide variety of peels that are offered at the Buckingham Center for Facial Plastic Surgery.
PHYSICIAN ADMINISTERED CHEMICAL AND LASER PEELS
The Buckingham Center also offers medium depth chemical as well as laser peels that are more surgical in nature. TCA, trichloroacetic acid, is utilized as the skin peeling agent and fractionated CO2 or Erbium laser are available as a laser treatment. TCA Peel and Erbium Laser benefits are appropriate for patients who desire a greater level of improvement and have significant wrinkles or age spots. These patients must be able to tolerate a longer recovery time. Chemical peeling and laser resurfacing can be used with a combination of agents to achieve tremendous results with minimal risk. For instance, when the surgeon addresses acne scarring, the patient may benefit from additional treatments. Therefore, the surgeon may recommend that the patient have a combination of chemical peeling and BBL Ultra Peel laser to obtain the optimal result. BBL Ultra Peel laser includes a variety of treatment levels that are used by our surgeons to achieve varying degrees of improvement that are balanced with a patient’s recovery time tolerance.
WHAT TO EXPECT DURING THE PROCEDURE
The use of Retin-A and Hydroquinone prepares the skin for the treatment and is believed to aid with the healing process. Fractionated laser is performed with topical anesthesia and the use of mild sedation when needed. The recovery may take from 5 to 14 days, depending on the depth and concentration of skin rejuvenating treatment. Full-strength physician peels and deeper, more invasive peels are typically performed in an accredited ambulatory surgery center. Peels that are limited to the mouth and lip region are sometimes completed in the office. There are several peel treatment options at the Buckingham Center, and the surgeon will provide you with specific procedural expectations during your consultation.
DEEP, MEDIUM & LIGHT CHEMICAL PEEL RECOVERY
The Buckingham Center provides each chemical peel patient with written instructions describing in detail how to care for the skin before the peel and during the healing phase. Different levels of recovery can be expected, based on the depth of the peel and the area that is treated. Our surgeon will recommend a treatment that matches your recovery-tolerance level. A deep chemical peel treatment requires an ointment, which must remain on the face continuously for ten days. A special cleanser will be used during this time. The patient must stay makeup-free for 14 days. After this time, a mineral-based makeup, provided by the Buckingham Center, can be used to cover any remaining redness. The Buckingham Center’s surgeons provide all the necessary care items for each patient. In addition, the surgeon sees the patient during the recovery process to help guide the patient through the healing process.
CHEMICAL PEEL EXPECTATIONS
At the Buckingham Center for Facial Plastic Surgery, a wide variety of skin resurfacing and chemical peel treatments are available. These treatments activate the cell turnover process and remove damaged and dead surface cells to reveal new, healthy skin. Significant skin rejuvenation and natural-looking results can be expected from the different types of peels that are offered at the Buckingham Center in Austin, Texas. Surgeons create customized chemical peel plans for male and female patients. These plans are designed to treat the skin and remove wrinkles, acne scars, sun damaged skin, fine lines, uneven skin tone, and irregular pigmentation. Patient results vary. Therefore, our surgeons provide patients with photos or other information specifying the type of result that they can expect to achieve. The surgeons at the Buckingham Center for Facial Plastic Surgery offer chemical peeling and laser resurfacing treatments to patients who desire healthier, younger-looking, revitalized skin.
CHEMICAL PEEL CONSULTATION
Our surgeons feel that positive treatment results are based on a good rapport between the patient, the surgeon and the staff. Each consultation includes a complete facial analysis that is used to determine the best chemical peel option. Surgeons take the time that is needed to fully explain their recommendations, as well as to answer their patients’ questions and concerns.
THE IDEAL CHEMICAL PEEL CANDIDATE
The ideal chemical peel candidate is an adult male or female who is in good general health. It is essential for the candidate to have realistic expectations. Patients who want to achieve a significant reduction in facial lines, pigmented spots, acne scars and other age-related changes may be good candidates for a chemical peel.
Please follow the Postoperative Instruction Sheet carefully.
Apply cold packs to the treatment area for 20 min each hour for 48 hours.
Items needed for post-operative care:
- Aquaphor healing ointment, Cetaphil Cleanser, Cetaphil Facial Cream, (Provided by the Buckingham Center)
- 4 x 4 sterile gauze or clean soft wash clothes, Q-tips
GENERAL CLEANING INSTRUCTIONS:
- Hydrate! Hydration of the body is essential for healing. Drink plenty of water during your recovery. Avoid caffeinated beverages including coffee, soda and tea.
- Wash face gently in a circular motion with cool/warm water and Cetaphil Cleanser (provided by the clinic).
- Rinse off with water by gently splashing your face over the sink or by squeezing a soft, damp cloth over the area.
- Dry the area gently by patting off the water with a soft cloth.
- Apply Aquaphor ointment evenly over the entire area, including the edges, with a Q-tip or clean tongue depressor (provided by the clinic). You may use a soft, clean cloth or sterile gauze to remove any excess ointment.
- We recommend applying ointment at least three times a day. This prevents the skin from becoming too dry. In addition, be generous in your application. A thick coating ensures that all your skin is well moisturized.
- For the first two days, cleansing should be done twice a day. We then encourage cleaning up to four times a day.
AFTER THE FIRST 3 DAYS:
After the first 3 days, you may rinse your face in the shower by letting warm water gently hit your forehead and run down your face. You should avoid any extremely hot water as this may cause a significant burn. The goal is to have your skin peel off easily.
You may notice a yellowish build-up or crusting. Gently remove this build-up with a wet Q-tip. It is strongly advised that you apply or remove ointment, crusting, etc., using clean Q-tips. Do not use your fingers because you may contaminate your open wounds with bacteria. Listen to your skin. You don’t need to be aggressive.
AFTER THE FIRST 8 TO 10 DAYS:
After the first 8 to 10 days, a new outer layer of skin will have formed. After we have seen your progress and instructed you to do so, At this point, you may be able to stop applying Aquaphor to your face. The Cetaphil facial cream may then be started and applied in a generous layer to replace the Aquaphor. If any areas of dryness persist, Aquaphor may be added to those areas.
Do not wear any makeup or other chemicals, including sunscreen, until instructed to do so. Makeup and perfumes may cause significant irritation to your new skin and may lead to chronic dermatitis, where areas of the skin stay red for a prolonged period of time. Don’t take chances. After 14 days, you will be given a light mineral-based makeup to use on your skin, which contains a physical sun block.
WHAT TO WATCH OUT FOR:
Your skin will remain a light red to pink color for several weeks, but may return to your normal skin tone earlier. If you notice that your skin becomes significantly redder (or bright red) or becomes irregular in contour (lumpy-bumpy), you may be experiencing a dermatitis (i.e., an allergic reaction). Should you notice these changes, stop applying whatever agents to your skin that might be irritating it, and contact us immediately. If you begin to notice little white bumps (known as Milia) in the peeled area, these will usually resolve. However, occasionally Milia must be addressed with treatment.
After 3 weeks, if you notice any areas that appear darker, you must contact us. This is a temporary and easily treatable condition known as post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. A prescription lightening cream will control this reaction, but the sooner it is started, the more quickly it resolves.
CHEMICAL PEEL COST
Chemical peels vary in cost depending on the type of treatment and the depth of the peel. At the Buckingham Center, there are payment options available that can fit most budgets.
Chemical Peels Frequently Asked Questions
WHAT IS A CHEMICAL PEEL?
WHERE IS CHEMICAL PEELING PERFORMED?
WHAT TYPE OF ANESTHESIA IS USED FOR A CHEMICAL PEEL?
HOW IS THE CHEMICAL PEELING PROCEDURE PERFORMED?
WHAT IS THE DOWNTIME FOR A CHEMICAL PEEL?
DO I NEED TO DISCONTINUE CERTAIN PRODUCTS BEFORE THE CHEMICAL PEEL?
CAN I WEAR MAKEUP AFTER A CHEMICAL PEEL?
DO I NEED TO STAY OUT OF THE SUN AFTER A CHEMICAL PEEL?
IS A CHEMICAL PEEL PAINFUL?
WHAT IS THE CHEMICAL PEEL AFTERCARE LIKE?
AM I A GOOD CANDIDATE FOR A CHEMICAL PEEL?
HOW EFFECTIVE IS A CHEMICAL PEEL IN REMOVING PRE-CANCEROUS CELLS FROM THE SKIN?
IS CHEMICAL PEEL SAFE FOR YOUNG PEOPLE?
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