Chemical Peel Details Beverly Hills
The desire to rejuvenate the face and restore a youthful look is not unique to modern history. In the Edwin Smith Papyrus there is a description of an ointment that when applied was said to remove the signs of aging. The modern chemical peel dates from the nineteenth century. Ferdinand Hebra, a Viennese physician and a pioneer in dermatology was one of the first to describe the use of caustic agents on the face for the removal of lentigines or sun induced brown spots. The relationship between lay peelers and the progress of medical peelers is murky. Fifth Avenue “beautifiers” used phenol as early as the 1880s. This work was probably known to the physicians of the day. In the early 1960s, two groups of physicians filed and obtained patents for phenol solutions for chemical peeling. The technique of phenol peeling of the face became popularized with the work of Litton and Baker. It was the elegant and simple formula of Baker that was widely adopted by cosmetic surgeons. At the time that phenol peels were being broadly accepted in the medical community, Ayres described the use of various strengths of trichloroacetic acid. The 1980’s saw the evolution of chemical peeling with the enunciation of the concept of light, medium, and deep peels. The field has further matured with the introduction of alpha-hydroxy acid peels and role of retinoic acid.
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Chemical Peel Complications and Management
Like all procedures, the possibility of unwanted complications exist. The more commonly encountered issues are discussed here and are also discussed in detail as part of your consultation to help you make an informed choice.
Peel Case Study
Frequently Asked Questions
- I am getting a monthly Jessner’s peel by my aesthetician. How does that differ from the peels that Dr. Steinsapir performs?
- My cosmetic surgeon tells me that chemical peels are obsolete and has recommended that I get a series of Fraxel® laser treatments instead. What does Dr. Steinsapir think of Fraxel®?
- My cosmetic surgeon has recommended that I have CO2 laser resurfacing. I am a little nervous about the treatment especially after reading in his brochure that it is normal to have a result that leaves the face lighter than the neck. Is a chemical peel an alternative to CO2 laser resurfacing?
- I am thinking of having a laser peel. What are these and what are the alternatives?
- Several years ago, I had laser resurfacing of my lower eyelids. I developed hyperpigmentation of the skin. The doctor who treatment me said that this was normal and would resolve in time but never did. Is there anything that can be done for this issue?
- I have heard that chemical peels are very uncomfortable. How will I know if I can tolerate a chemical peel?