One of the most popular, non-invasive cosmetic procedures performed today, skin resurfacing benefits individuals suffering with facial scarring from acne, trauma or previous surgery. Skin resurfacing procedures also help to smooth out fine facial wrinkles and can be useful in removing pre-cancerous skin growths called keratoses.
There are several different methods of skin resurfacing, and each of them comes with its own risks and benefits. During an initial consultation, Dr. Bedford will evaluate your skin as well as your overall physical condition, and help you decide which treatment is best suited for your particular problem.
Chemical peels are named according to the type of solution used to dissolve the top layer of skin through a chemical reaction. Phenol is one of the oldest and strongest solutions used, and is very effective in erasing moderately deep wrinkles. Trichloroacidic acid, or TCA, is a somewhat weaker acid solution and is therefore better suited for removing finer wrinkles. Dr. Bedford can adjust its strength to fit each client’s needs by changing the level of concentration.
Glycolic and lactic acid (also referred to as fruit acids or hydroxy acids) are generally weaker acids derived from naturally available fruit sources. When hydroxy peels are applied in a very light manner, they are called micro-peels and produce very fine results.
For additional information on Skin Resurfacing / Chemical Peel, visit the American Society of Plastic Surgeons for this procedure.