Throughout history, since the time of ancient Egyptian civilization, there are written descriptions of people applying different compounds to the skin to improve its appearance. Today’s chemical peels represent the evolution of those early attempts to improve one’s complexion. Skin peels are mainly used to treat premature signs of skin aging, caused by chronic sun exposure. The signs of photo-aged skin include wrinkling, mottled pigmentation with brown spots, roughness, dull color and loss of elasticity.
Chemical peels are classified as light, medium, and deep – depending upon the strength of each solution and it’s depth of penetration. Each type of peel will create different changes in the skin, related to the depth of penetration. For instance, a light or superficial peel with glycolic acid may only work on the epidermis, exfoliating older cells and allowing newer cells to migrate to the surface, improving pigmentation. A medium (TCA) or deep (Phenol peel) will affect the underlying dermis and collagen, thereby smoothing some fine lines and improving skin texture.
There is a whole spectrum of options available to enhance one’s complexion, ranging from easy at-home skin care programs to the various skin peels. At your initial consultation, Dr. Schwartz will evaluate your skin, consider your goals, and then recommend the best treatment plan for your situation.
View the full gallery of before and after photos of the various procedures performed by Dr. Richard Schwartz.