I’m from Washington, DC, and I have been a smoker for the past 40 years. Will a chemical peel help reduce my wrinkles and poor skin?
Wrinkles and aging of the skin is caused by a number of factors including a fair complexion, sun exposure, smoking and genetics. A medium to deep chemical peel or laser resurfacing can significantly decrease facial wrinkles, remove age spots and discolorations and improve skin texture. Light chemical peels such as the alpha hydroxyl peels won’t significantly improve wrinkles. However, with your history of smoking, skin resurfacing procedures carries increased risk of complications.Smoking not only ages your skin faster, it damages the blood supply to the skin causing significant problems with healing and possible skin loss. Before proceeding with either a chemical peel or laser resurfacing, it is important that you seek a qualified facial plastic surgeon, plastic surgeon or dermatologist. To give any further recommendations, I would need to see you in one of our greater Washington DC offices, located in Reston, VA or Chevy Chase, MD.
-Dr. Jessica Kulak