Are Superficial Chemical Peels Obsolete? The Spectra Laser Peel (“Hollywood Peel”) might make that happen.

Steven F. Weiner, MD
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Panama City Facial Plastic Surgeon

Chemical peels have been a staple for skin care for decades.  There are dozens of different types treating various skin conditions.  This blog will be directed at the superficial chemical peels used to treat:  fines lines, pigmentation, sun damage, acne, large pores, and to rejuvenate the skin.  These peels are usually placed by an aesthetician in a spa or physician’s office.  After about 2-3 days, the peeling starts and lasts for a couple of days and sometimes up to 5 days.  During the peeling phase, there’s various amounts of flaky skin, treated with moisturizer.  The skin eventually looks great, 3-7 days after the initial placement of the peel.

Let’s turn to the Spectra Laser Peel.  The Spectra Laser is a Q switched 1064 laser that has a tremendous affinity to pigment.  It is designed for (and state of the art for) tattoo removal and treating various pigmented lesions (freckles, seborrheic keratosis, lentigos, cafe au lait, nevi, post inflammatory hyperpigmenation, and melasma).  The laser peel begins by placing a carbon liquid on the skin for about 10-15 minutes.  The carbon is absorb superficially in the skin.  This liquid is essentially tricking the laser into thinking its attacking pigment when it is applied to the face.  As the laser is first passed over the skin, the carbon absorbs some heat which is passed to the underlying skin.  The next several passes cause vaporization of the carbon as well as a very superficial layer of the skin – 15-30 microns.  What’s better is that there is no discomfort during the procedure!

The end result is a glowing and radiant skin tone with NO associated peeling or recovery time.  

I believe the effectiveness for the various skin condition (acne, pores size, fine lines, pigmentation, melasma) is marked better with the Spectra Peel than with traditional chemical peels.  Active acne outbreaks seem to resolve within days.  Just like other laser procedures, the Spectra Peel can’t be performed on tan or recently sun exposed skin, or people on Accutane.  It can not be done on darker skin types as well.

If you’re looking for a quick skin rejuvenation with essentially no downtime, do what they are doing in Hollywood just before they hit the red carpet, The Spectra Laser Peel.