Although sags and bulges in the face can be corrected with surgery, fine wrinkles associated with aging can be treated with advanced skin care treatments by our medically trained esthetician. Chemical peels and microdermabrasion at the Philadelphia-area office of Dr. Timothy Greco can improve the skin's surface texture. Deeper wrinkles are treated with CO2 laser resurfacing. The appropriate peel or microdermabrasion treatment for your needs will be discussed during your consultation.
Timothy M. Greco, MD, supervises a medical facility where science meets skin care. If you would like to learn more about non-surgical cosmetic enhancements, such as microdermabrasion or chemical peels, available in the Philadelphia area, call us at (610) 664-8830 or request a complimentary skin care consultation online today.
A chemical peel removes the top layers of the skin, which are then replaced by a new layer of skin. Peels can improve the color, tone, texture, and brightness of your skin, adding a youthful glow and reducing wrinkles, acne breakouts, and enlarged pores. Deeper peels usually achieve more lasting improvement of wrinkles and may also improve elasticity of the skin by building new collagen. The correct chemical peel can be chosen based on each individual's skin type and concerns.
One peel may be enough to generate the desired results, but patients may also find that multiple peels are necessary, especially if the chosen peel is on the lighter end of the spectrum. In these cases, a series of peels can be administered in sessions spaced apart about a month each. Talk with our esthetician to determine which peel or series of peels is best.
Patients will notice some redness in the days after getting a peel, after which the unwanted outer layer of dead skin will flake and peel off, giving the treatment its name. More intense peels can require down time for recuperation and recovery. Depending on the scope and depth of the treatment, healing can take anywhere from a couple of days to two weeks.
New skin appears fresher and more radiant when compared to the old skin removed with a peel.
Microdermabrasion is a non-invasive and safe method of removing the surface layer of dead and damaged skin cells while simultaneously stimulating new cell growth for a younger complexion. Microdermabrasion treatments can:
A microdermabrasion treatment works as a gentle, but powerful exfoliator, abrading away the thin layer of dead skin. Our esthetician uses a special device to manually break up the old cells, then vacuum them away from the face. As with a chemical peel, a deeper layer is revealed, giving the face a fresher, more radiant appearance as this skin heals and becomes the face's younger-looking new outermost layer. Some microdermabrasion patients say it gives them a healthy glow.
No anesthetic is necessary, but patients are encouraged to talk with the esthetician about options to minimize discomfort during a microdermabrasion treatment if that is a concern.
An initial series of treatments is usually recommended. After that, you may maintain your results with monthly treatments. After microdermabrasion treatments, your skin can appear rejuvenated and your skin care products can be more effective, penetrating into the live skin cells where they are needed most. This is because the layer of dead skin has been removed, so it can no longer act as a barrier to the absorption of vital nutrients in topical treatments.
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A lighter peel or microdermabrasion may produce redness, while a deeper peel can cause swelling and more pronounced redness. You will be instructed to wash the areas with lukewarm water and apply a skin cream.
The new skin formed after a peel or microdermabrasion takes time before it becomes more tolerable. You must avoid direct sun exposure and use physical-block sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher whenever outside. This will prevent uneven pigmentation from forming. Instructions will be given on application of sunscreen as well as ways of avoiding the sun.
As noted above, patients who have a chemical peel may require a different kind of peel after their initial treatment or another application of the same peel solution. Microdermabrasion generally requires a series of treatments for optimal results.
There is little to no discomfort during or after a microdermabrasion treatment. With peels, there will be some stinging as the solution is initially applied but this usually subsides in seconds. The stinging may return with a deeper peel, but discomfort can usually be treated adequately with oral medication. Topical or regional anesthesia may be used for deeper peels in order to provide comfort.
The risks associated with peeling depend on the solution used. Any peel can lead to uneven pigmentation as well as scarring. Both are rare complications. Talk to the esthetician about any concerns or specific questions related to peels or microdermabrasion.