Chemical peel reduces wrinkles

Dr. Gary Fudem of UMass Memorial Medical Center has over 30 years of experience in medical skincare and is one of the only physicians in the area performing the strongest chemical peel available.

Chemical peel reduces wrinklesIn recent years, chemical peels have become one of the most popular cosmetic treatments available, but they are hardly a fad. The most powerful of all chemical peels — the phenol-croton oil peel — has been around for decades. It was the phenol peel that kept some of Hollywood biggest stars of the 1940s and 1950s looking younger longer.

These early chemical peels produced amazing results, but they also lightened the skin as they smoothed out wrinkles. Today’s deep chemical peels deliver the same dramatic results with little to no pigment loss.

Deep chemical peels are medical procedures
Deep chemical peels are not to be confused with at-home chemical peels. While both shed the top layer of skin to reveal a more radiant glow, phenol-croton oil peels go much deeper to smooth away lines and wrinkles, improve skin texture and reduce the appearance of sun damage and acne scars. In addition, deep chemical peels can be used to remove precancerous growths on the face.

Phenol-croton oil peels are the strongest peels available, and are performed at UMass Memorial Medical Center by experienced cosmetic surgeons only. They require attentive preoperative care and a 10- to 14-day recovery, but produce long-lasting results. In some patients, results can be seen for up to 20 years.

Phenol-croton oil peels produce the most predictable results in patients with fair skin. Patients with darker skin may be able to improve their skin texture with slightly greater risk of pigmentary variation.

Lighter peels are also performed at UMass Memorial
UMass Memorial also offers lighter peels to patients who cannot tolerate strong chemical peels or who simply want a quicker skincare solution. The lightest are often called “lunchtime” peels because patients can literally have one on their lunch break and go right back to work or other activities. These peels are composed of alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs), which are well tolerated by most people.

Medium-strength peels of trichloroacetic (TCA) are also used to treat surface wrinkles, blemishes and some pigment issues. They have a much shorter recovery than phenol peels, but are not as long-lasting. Many patients get excellent results for these peels, especially when the treatment is repeated several times.

Which peel is best for you? Our medical skincare expert, Gary Fudem, MD, can help you decide.

Trust your skin to a medical skincare expert
Many doctors today incorporate cosmetic procedures into their practices. For Dr. Fudem, medical skincare is not just an added service, but also a natural extension of his burn treatment practice. He understands the way the skin heals itself and has seen extraordinary results in the 20+ years he has been doing chemical peels.

Chemical peels enhance face-lift surgery
Can a deep chemical peel replace a face lift? Not necessarily. It cannot improve the look of a sagging neck or drooping facial skin. If these are your cosmetic concerns, talk to Dr. Fudem or another cosmetic surgeon at UMass Memorial about your best options. A phenol-croton oil peel can certainly enhance the results of face-lift surgery, and these procedures are often done to complement each other.

To schedule a consultation or get more information, call 508-334-5990.