It’s a common misconception among many patients who come to Cincinnati Facial Plastic Surgery that there aren’t as many options available for nonsurgical procedures as there are when having facial plastic surgery. From laser skin resurfacing to microdermabrasion procedures there are a variety of options available.
We’re proud to offer our state-of-the-art skin care program provided by our highly qualified skin care specialists. Because everyone’s face is different the best approach really depends on the individual. Following a skin analysis by one of our Skin Care Specialists, a plan will be advised to offer an easy, economical way to meet your aesthetic goals.
One example is the chemical peel, which is a treatment designed to remove the surface layers of the dermis, revealing fresh, firmer, and younger looking skin. This reduces or eliminates issues such as large pores, small spots, hyperpigmentation and sunspots, acne, or fine lines and wrinkles.
An Individual Approach
There are different strengths associated with the ingredients found in each chemical peel solution.
Peels are categorized as superficial, medium, or deep according to the layers of skin the ingredients reach and interact with.
Superficial chemical peels are often composed of alpha hydroxy acid (AHA), medium chemical peels may contain trichloracetic acid (TCA), while deep peels typically containing phenol are the most intensely acidic and will therefore offer maximum benefit for the right candidate.
Superficial Chemical Peels
Alpha hydroxy acid, or AHA peels, often consist of glycolic acid, though the topical solution may also be composed of fruit or lactic acid. Often, the ingredients are derived from natural sources, including certain foods. An AHA peel combats acne and any associated scarring, as well as other issues that plague oily skin such as blackheads and oversized pores.
Medium Chemical Peels
In contrast to the less potent acids found in the superficial peels, Trichloracetic acid (TCA) treats deeper layers of skin. TCA chemical peels lessen undesirable characteristics of oily skin and advanced signs of aging — including brown spots and wrinkles. Patients with dark skin may find that their skin is best suited for a medium-strength chemical peel in order to avoid keloid scars and pigmentation issues.
Deep Chemical Peels
The most potent form of chemical peel is the croton oil-phenol peel. It is regarded as the deepest peel. The ingredients penetrate the skin deeply, reaching the collagen to form stronger underlying structures. Dr. Donath has found that deep peels provide comparable results to many of the more costly laser resurfacing procedures.
Chemical peels can treat the entire face, or just select areas like around the eyes and mouth. In fact, we often apply a peel after a blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) for further tightening of the skin on the lower lids.
A chemical peel is a highly individual process. The goal of any peel is to harmonize the appearance of the skin. To achieve that goal Dr. Donath works with Licensed Aestheticians, like Jessica Warren. Jessica has worked at our office for the last 7+ years. She has extensive training in several procedures including facials, microdermabrasion, chemical peels, and dermaplaning. Jessica assists Dr. Donath during your initial consultation. She will listen to your needs and provide information on how we can best address your unique concerns and issues.
For more information, or to make an appointment, you can contact Dr. Donath and the staff of Cincinnati Facial Plastic Surgery by calling 513-891-LIFT (5438) or 877-416-FACE (3223), or by email. We have offices conveniently located in Cincinnati and Centerville.
Dr. Alexander S. Donath, M.D., F.A.C.S. is a double board certified surgeon specializing in Facial Plastic Surgery. Descending from many generations of medical professionals, Dr. Donath is a proud native of Cincinnati and has traveled extensively to train with the best surgeons around the world. His pursuit of excellence has led to many and continued honors and commendations from his peers.