Are chemical peels still used today? You don’t hear much about them anymore. What are they good for treating and are other things like injectables better?
Chemical peels are absolutely still used today. In fact, there are many types of peels and indications for their use. Injectables and chemical peels really complement each other. While there is some overlap in what they are used for injectables are more for volume replacement and filling of deeper folds, they can also be used for fine lines. Chemical peels can also be used for fine lines, but they are also useful for deeper wrinkles as well as pigmentation improvement, skin texture and tone and even to some extend pore improvement and scarring.
Light chemical peels may be performed in the office by a nurse and have a recovery as short as a couple of days. They are usually repeated at 4-8 week intervals or until the treatment condition is improved. Deeper chemical peels may have as long as a week or two of recovery and can be used for deeper wrinkles with excellent results. The real competition for peels is the introduction of lasers. Both can be equally effective for skin improvement. A consultation will allow the physician to prescribe the best resurfacing method for each patient.
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