Posts Tagged ‘damaged skin’

Chemical Peels: Restore Your Skin with a Facial or Body Peel

chemical peelYou put your best face forward every day as you meet all of life’s challenges. While you probably realize environmental factors such as air quality, makeup or sweat can affect the health of your skin, you may be surprised to learn that mental factors, like stress, can also have a significant impact.

Your skin is extremely resilient, but sometimes it’s best to start fresh. A chemical facial peel is one of the most versatile procedures to improve your skin’s health and glow.

What is a chemical peel?

A facial peel treats skin with a chemical solution that’s applied to your face. This solution exfoliates your skin, removing dead or unhealthy skin cells and revealing the new and rejuvenated skin beneath.

Chemical peels are given in the office and you may go home immediately following your procedure. Additional peeling, redness or sensitivity can sometimes happen for up to five to 10 days after the peel is applied — and will usually go away on their own.

Who is a good candidate for a chemical peel?

There are many different types of chemical peels to address your unique skin issues. Chemical peels are generally safe and have few side effects. You may want to consider a peel if you have:

  • Acne scars
  • Age spots
  • Aging skin
  • Crow’s feet
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Melasma
  • Scars
  • Sun-damaged skin
  • Wrinkles

Of course, it’s always best to discuss treatment options with a qualified aesthetic provider before having any cosmetic procedures. He or she can help you decide which procedures are right for you.

What is my downtime with a facial peel?

Most superficial facial peels have little downtime and only minor side effects, such as redness and slight swelling. In-depth peels that remove the top tissue of skin may require several days of rest and recovery. Crusting and scabbing may occur after deep peels — it’s important to care for your skin properly and avoid touching your face.

Will I need multiple treatment sessions?

Some peels may call for a series of treatments, depending on the type of peel and desired results. When several treatments are needed, they are usually spaced several weeks apart. Many individuals use superficial peels as a way to refresh their skin and come in every few weeks or months.

Are chemical peels only for the face?

Most peels are designed for use on the face, but the Emory Aesthetic Center Spa also offers body peels. These peels are excellent for individuals with sun damage to the chest, back, arms or hands.

What type of peel does the Emory Aesthetic Center Spa typically use?

The Emory Aesthetic Center Spa favors ZO 3 Step Peel. This innovative, in-office peel is followed by an at-home treatment. Your cosmetic surgeon will explain the steps you need to follow during your consultation and treatment date. The ZO 3 Step Peel utilizes a blend of exfoliants, retinol and multi-action agents to help improve skin health and treat many signs of aging.

Do I need a consultation before I schedule an appointment for a peel?

We recommend a consultation for anyone interested in scheduling a chemical peel. This appointment gives you and one of our aesthetic providers the opportunity to discuss desired results, review your skincare routine and evaluate your needs. This allows us to better understand how many peels you may need, what areas to treat and the appropriate follow-up regimen to make your skin look and feel its best.

Watch a video featuring before and after photos of chemical peel patients.

Emory Aesthetic Center

Get your skin glowing again. Emory Aesthetic Center is experienced in the full-range of surgical and nonsurgical cosmetic procedures. We offer a wide-range of facial peels to restore your skin’s health. Schedule your complimentary consultation today.

Request an appointmentor call us at 404-778-6880.

 

Improve the Appearance of Your Neck With or Without Surgery

Weakened muscles and sagging skin under your chin, otherwise known as “turkey neck,” is one of the most common complaints I hear from patients. The neck is an area that often changes significantly with age — starting as early as your 40s. Despite weight loss and good skincare routines, many men and women are unhappy with the appearance of their neck and are determined to find a way to improve it.

Treating aesthetic neck issues

Aging in the neck takes on multiple forms, and each may require different treatments. Every person is anatomically and texturally unique, so what works for your friend may not work for you. It’s important to have an in-depth discussion with a reputable cosmetic surgeon to determine what solution is right for you.

Prevention is key

Prevention is the best cure. Good skincare in your 20s and 30s can certainly impact the appearance of your neck in later years. Consistently using sunscreen, avoiding tanning and regularly using Retin-A (tretinoin) on your face and neck can increase collagen production, tighten skin and remove sun damage.

Excess fat

There are several options available to treat excess fat under your chin, including:

Liposuction. Fat is removed through a small incision just large enough to accommodate an instrument narrower than a pencil. With the fat cells removed, your skin bounces back to make up for the lack of tissue. This works best in your 30s and 40s because in your 40s, your skin begins to lose its elasticity.

Nonsurgical Injections. Specific chemical agents, such as Kybella© can be injected to remove fat cells. Not everyone is a good candidate for this treatment though. The only way to know if this option is right for you is to talk to a board-certified facial plastic surgeon who can advise you based on your age, skin type and specific anatomic considerations.

Loose skin

Loose skin is the most challenging aspect of rejuvenation. For decades, we’ve been searching for the ideal tool for nonsurgical skin tightening — but so far nothing matches the long-term results of surgery.

Neck lift. Surgical neck lifting (or face lifting) is the most predictable, safest and longest-studied form of neck rejuvenation. If you’re older than 45 and you have loose skin, excess fat, or looseness or prominence of the bands of muscles in your neck, a neck lift may be the right option for you.

Through a small incision just beneath your chin, liposuction can be performed to lift the skin and contour the area under your neck. Then, the skin of your neck is lifted through incisions behind your ears and just into your hairline, and the underlying muscle is tightened. This allows the skin to be re-draped and excess skin to be removed.

The goal of plastic surgery is to turn the clock back a few years, not stop it. After a neck lift, you’ll continue to age and regain some looseness over the course of three to five years. However, you’ll always look better after having undergone a lift than if you had not.

Damaged skin

Many people overlook the skin texture of their neck. Sun damage accumulated over years can be treated with methods such as peels and light laser treatments. These can be performed in a medical spa under the guidance of a medical aesthetician or doctor. They require little downtime and are less expensive than other treatments, especially when started early.

If you have a lot of sun damage, a heavier laser treatment may be needed to kick-start significant improvement. Fractionated CO2 laser treatments can be performed under local anesthetic to improve sun damage, stimulate collagen and smooth (maybe even somewhat tighten) your skin over time. It will not give the same tightening results as surgery, but in cases where sun damage is the true culprit, it can make a significant improvement.

Emory Aesthetic Center

If you’re ready to turn back time and improve the appearance of your neck, come talk to the expert cosmetic surgeons at Emory Aesthetic Center.