If you are looking for an less invasive way of improving the appearance of your skin, to combat the effects of acne, age, and sun exposure considered undergoing a chemical peel to remove the damaged outer layers of your skin that leave your skin uneven, wrinkled or scarred. Chemical peels use a specific chemical solution to smooth your skin texture. However, if you are considering undergoing a chemical peel, it is important to know the different types of chemical peels that board-certified plastic surgeons use, including Dr. Patt.

Glycolic & Lactic Peels

A natural substance found in sugar cane, glycolic acid (also known as alpha-hydroxy acid), this is applied to the skin, loosening thickened surface layers to improve the dry, rough, scaly appearance and feel of your skin. This method is highly effective at treating sun damage in addition to resolving uneven pigmentation and loss of elasticity.

Lactic Acid is another natural substance derived from milk. This method of treatment helps increase the moisture of the skin and actually improves the actual skin resurfacing. As outer layers of the skin peel away, the lactic actually stimulates collagen production in the deeper layers of the skin, improving smoothness and moisture.

With both Glycolic and Lactic peels, the procedure usually takes under an hour and it is advised to perform a series of 3-6 weekly peels until optimal results are achieved.

Jessners Peel

Formerly known as Coombe’s formula, the Jessner’s peel method uses a mix of salicylic acid, lactic acid and resorcinol that breaks the intracellular bridges between keratinocytes. This formula almost completely eliminates the chances of over-peeling the skin due to mild percentages that associate with the acid combination.

Salicylic Acid

A natural, colorless, crystalline beta acid, salicylic acid is found in many plants as a hormone which has been used throughout history for its use in the cometic industry (some evidence has been found that Greeks, including Hippocrates, in the 5th century B.C. were using the substance for medicinal use).

When used as a chemical peel, salicylic acid can be highly effective at reducing acne, scarring, psoriasis, wrinkles and premature aging signs. The salicylic acid peels remove damaged skin which will help skin stay healthier and better looking.

Vitalize Peel

The Vitalize Peel is one of the most convenient chemical peel procedures, utilizing a specific blend of acids through a series of treatments in order to improve acne and scarring in addition to improving skin texture and tone. It can also may help to improve superficial fine lines.

Vitalize Peels  are extremely safe procedures that is safe for use on all skin types and typically takes less than a half-hour as a convenient in-office procedure that requires no anesthesia.

TCA – Trichloroacetic Acid Rejuvenize Peel

An advanced formula of peeling agents,The “Rejuvenize Peel” contains both a built-in penetration enhancer as well as an anti-irritant . This method helps contribute to exfoliation control for the outermost layers of skin – generally the most damaged layers and the increased exfoliation will reveal the fresher and healthier skin lying underneath.

This progressive and ground-breaking peel provides a highly effective amount of relief for skin with acne scarring, melasma, pigmentary changes, and sun damage. Because this procedure is considered a more advanced chemical peel, it is generally used as a solution for moderate to severe skin conditions which may include superficial scarring, acne wrinkles and fine lines.

While a chemical peel from a renowned and trusted Houston plastic surgeon can drastically improve skin quality and self-confidence. It is important that potential patients understand the differences in types of chemical peels and work together with a board-certified plastic surgeon to choose the method that will be best for their specific needs.

If you are interested in undergoing a chemical peel to obtain healthier, youthful-looking skin, restore your self-confidence and enjoy all the other benefits that a chemical peel can provide, contact Dr. Patt’s Houston office today and set up a consultation! You will be happy that you did.