I received 5 lactic acid peels over 3 months and stopped because I was experiencing new-onset increased skin laxity. Is this common? Will the skin start to tighten again?
Will Loose Skin from Lactic Acid Peel Ever Tighten?
Doctor Answers (2)
See your surgeon
Lactic acid peels usually cause a little (very little) skin tightening. I have never seen them cause skin laxity. I would go back to your doctor and see if he or she can help you find out what might be going on.
Chemical peel tightening the skin
Unfortunately, superficial chemical peels will not tighten the skin much. Lactic acid usually creates a superficial peel with recovery within a couple days. Medium depth & deeper peels may tighten the skin over a few months after the initial peel. However, there is a longer recovery from the peel itself. Medium & deep peels may be with TCA, phenol, or other substances. The deeper the peel the better the results, however, the greater the risks and recovery period.
Lastly, non-surgical cosmetic facial treatments can only do so much to reverse aging. Some patients have enough skin laxity that only surgery will help create a desirable youthful appearance. Speak with a plastic surgeon specializing in facial procedures to see what options may be appropriate for you. Best of luck.
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