Chemical Peel Procedures Increase

The demand for cosmetic procedures, including chemical peels, increased almost 9% last year (2010), according to statistics released by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. Almost 9.5 million cosmetic surgical and nonsurgical procedures were performed in the United States in 2010.

"Patients who put off surgery because of uncertainty in the economy and the job market are coming back for tried and true procedures," said Felmont Eaves III, MD, Aesthetic Society President.

Nonsurgical procedures, including chemical peels, accounted for 83% of the total number of procedures performed, representing 39% of total expenditures. The fifth most performed minimally-invasive procedure was the chemical peel, with 493,896 procedures completed in the U.S. in 2010.
Imagine how much money those patients could have saved if they’d done those chemical peels at home!

Chemical peels are most popular among people with wrinkles, acne, or scars; the procedure involves using Phenol (carbolic acid), TCA (trichloroacetic acid), AHA (glycolic and lactic acid) or BHA (salicylic acid) as the active ingredient. There are two types of chemical peels:
  • Deep chemical peel involves using phenol. This is for patients with deep wrinkles, usually from exposure to the sun, as well as the skin that wrinkles around the lips and chin. This treatment reduces the appearance of skin damage and imperfections.  Phenol penetrates very deeply into the skin, so natural skin color can permanently change. This product should be used by professionals only.
  • Light to medium chemical peels are more suitable for patients with finely wrinkled faces, sun-damaged skin, acne, acne or other scars, and uneven pigmentation. All chemical peels slough away the top layers of the skin.
Researchers at the Saint Louis University School of Medicine found that chemical peels using either alpha-hydroxy acid or beta-hydroxy acid are both highly effective in treating all three conditions.

American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS)

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