I am 45 years old and I had a dermabrasion when I was 16 years old because of acne scars. Can I have chemical peel done on my face? Do you think my skin would be too sensitive to this treatment even after all these years?
Can I Have Chemical Peel Done On My Face After Having Surgical Dermabrasion?
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Acne surgery and chemical peels
An examination is essential before peeling, consider other options...
the type and strength of peel will depend on many factors including-
1. The depth and strength of chemical peel you are aiming to get- low strength glycolic vs medium depth TCA or Deep Jessers/ TCA or (outdated) phenol?
2. The current state of your skin- can depigmentation or colour changes be seen after your dermabrasion
3. Your skin colour or ethinic race plays a part
4. Your current medical history
5. The most important questions is 'What are you aiming to achieve?'
Consider treatments such as fractional lasers, fillers, or a combination of things to achieve the result, not just a treatment. Your Dermatologist or Plastic Surgeon can give you the BEST solution to achieve the optimal outcome.
Hope this helps
Dr Davin S. Lim
Laser and Cosmetic Surgeon
Chemical peels after dermabrasion
- The answer depends entirely on your skin and the depth of the peel.
- Lasers and chemical peels can be light, medium depth or deep.
- Some skins after previous dermabrasion are thin, scarred or fragiel.
- Have your skin assessed by a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon or Dermatologist, and depending on your skin and your goals, decide on peel vs. laser, the correct depth and preparation beforehand.
- Best wishes.
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Chemical Peels for acne scars
After your treatment, what you use on your skin can affect the healing. Look for products that are hypoallergenic, fragrance free, and chemical free.
Good luck, take care.
Additonal Acne Scarring Treatments After Surgical Dermabrasion
It is recommended to be evaluated by a plastic surgeon to discuss your options.
Chemical Peel After Dermabrasion?
Thank you for your question. Dermabrasion is great for exfoliating dead skin cells. Chemical peel is great for exfoliation, smoothening out texture, acne, and acne scarring. There are different levels of peels. I would recommend being treated under the supervision of a Board Certified Dermatologist for safest and best treatment option. I hope this helps.
Chemical peel after dermabrasion
It is possible to have a chemical peel after dermabrasion; however, there are many different peels involving different products and strengths. You should consult a dermatologist who can assess your skin and decide on the best treatment for you.
You may be a good candidate for a chemical peel
Since it has been several years since your dermabrasion, you may be a good candidate for a chemical peel. Peel strengths can be customized depending on your needs; therefore, a milder peel that addresses superficial layers of skin can be applied to sensitive skin. See a board certified dermatologist to determine if a chemical peel would be beneficial for you and which strength of peel would best meet your needs. Luckily, chemical peels come in many different strengths and the proper one can be selected for you.
Chemical Peel After Dermabrasion
As it has been many years since you had the dermabrasion, you should have no problem with chemical peels. Whoever is doing your chemical peeling should take into account your dermabrasion history. Make sure to be careful with the sun!
Chemical Peels are okay many years after Dermabrasion
There is no contraindication to most chemical peeling when you're this far removed from dermabrasion. However, you didn't mention whether this was a light, medium, or deep peel. With light and medium peels performed by board-certified physicians, you're course shouldn't be that much different than it would have without ever having had dermabrasion. However, I would recommend avoiding a deep chemical peel with phenol, as the risk of scarring and hypopigmentation exists.
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