Plastic surgeons and dermatologists often tailor treatments for skin conditions by combining facial peels with other resurfacing and rejuvenating procedures. This allows the doctor to tailor treatments more specifically to the patient’s unique needs.
Skin treatments related to facial peels include laser resurfacing. Dermabrasion is an alternative to facial peels that removes scars and fine wrinkles by “sanding” away the top layer of skin. A newer technique, microdermabrasion, is a more gentle version of that procedure. Face lifts to reverse the effects of aging also smooth skin, reducing deeper wrinkles and folds. In addition, some problems, such as mild acne may respond to topical treatments, proper skin cleansing and good diet.
Proper post-treatment care is essential to the success of facial peels. Carefully following the doctor’s instructions speeds recovery and minimizes the chance of complications. Any complications such as excess redness, swelling, burning or pain, crusts or blisters and pus formation should be reported immediately so preventive care can be done. Other essential home-care treatments related to facial peels include:
- Using only mild soap or non-soap cleansers
- Avoid sun exposure and use a broad spectrum sunscreen
- Not picking, peeling, scratching, rubbing or scrubbing the skin
- Avoiding products with glycolic acid and retinolds
- Using topical antibiotic creams on crusty spots to prevent infection
Talk to a doctor at Florida Hospital to discuss what treatment options are best for you.