When is a chemical peel the right choice as opposed to other types of skin repair?
A superficial chemical peel, such as the VI peel is great for all skin types for a moderate improvement in skin texture, pigmentation changes and sun damage. Deeper chemical peels are great for improving wrinkles, age spots, sun damaged skin and acne scars, but is not safe in darker skin patients. Furthermore, there is significant downtime with a deep chemical peel that needs to be considered. Laser resurfacing is another modality to improve skin texture, fine lines, scars and pigmentation changes. Laser resurfacing has less downtime when it is fractionated, meaning only a percentage of the skin is ablated with each treatment. The best way to determine which type of skin repair treatment is best for you, is to evaluate you in person in one of greater Washington DC offices, located in Chevy Chase, Maryland or Reston, Virginia.
– Dr. Jessica Kulak