Healthier skin through a chemical burn
The history of facial peels is an interesting one that has gone through many convolutions over the years. All peels have the same final aim—to leave the patient’s skin:
- even in color
- with smaller pores
- was painful, requiring general anesthesia
- required a long recovery
- took all pigment out of the skin, leaving it white as a sheet—patients had to apply makeup at all times for the rest of their lives
- could be dangerous
I haven’t done one in 20 years.
- could be performed in doctor’s office
- less dangerous than phenol
- easier to administer than phenol
- multiple layers could be applied to match patients’ needs
- effective against dark spots
- some wrinkle improvement
TCA peels are the facial peels most commonly used by cosmetic plastic surgeons today. They are applied once or twice a year as needed.