6 Facial Laser Peel
- Carbon dioxide (CO2), Erbium, and other laser peels have provided more treatment options. The older acid (chemical) peeling and dermabrasion have their place, but therapy must be individualized.
- Light TCA peels are safe and good for minor pigment color improvement and a freshening effect in selected patients.
- Wrinkles respond better than scars to peeling; acne pit scars are very difficult to treat successfully.
- The skin of the treated area shrinks to some degree.
- Peels can be performed using just local anesthetic, but light sedation is very reassuring for the patient. General anesthetic is unnecessary.
- Recovery is irritating but not usually painful, with a relatively low chance of complications.
- Peels performed with the full-spectrum "light" machines (advertised as the "lunch-time peel") don't peel the skin much if any, and may be as expensive as the more invasive procedures because many repeat procedures are required. There's no "down time" however. The effectiveness is modest compared to deeper peels.
The American Academy of Cosmetic Surgeons reports that 72 percent of people who consult cosmetic surgeons do so because they're interested in facial work. The reason is simple — the face is the most visible part of the body. Whether we like it or not, we're judged by first impressions, and our faces tell the stories of our lives. In 1996, over half a million individuals had some kind of facial cosmetic surgery.
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