The chemical peel is a widely accepted procedure to eradicate fine wrinkles in the skin. The procedure can be performed alone or at a later date after face lift or eyelid surgery.
Patients with fair complexions are better candidates as the chemical peel can remove pigment from the skin creating a line of demarcation between treated and untreated skin in patients with darker complexions.
The chemical peel creates a raw surface which heals in approximately ten days. Once healed, makeup can be applied. The peeled skin is initially red and rapidly fades to pink. This pink color may last for several months. Care must be taken to protect this skin from sun exposure by using a sun screen for at least six months.
Light chemical peels can be performed in the office. Deeper or full face peels are performed on an outpatient basis in a surgical center.
Another modality used to minimize fine wrinkles in the skin is laser resurfacing. In this procedure, the outer layers of the skin are removed with the laser, effectively planing the skin and softening the wrinkles. This procedure is performed in a surgical center under local or general anesthesia.
There is minimal postoperative discomfort. The lasered area takes 7 - 14 days to heal. Once the area is healed, makeup can be applied. The new skin initially is red like a sunburn, and gradually fades over approximately three months. There are risks associated with the procedure, including scarring and pigment changes in the skin.
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