As a middle aged woman, I am concerned about the skin.
As a middle aged woman, I am concerned about the skin on my face beginning to wrinkle. I know that chemical peel procedures use acids to dissolve the top layers of skin and that laser skin resurfacing does the same thing. How do I know which procedure will work best on my skin?
The procedure that is the best for you depends on your skin quality, the depth of your wrinkles, and your desired “down time”. For minor wrinkles and pigmentation of the face, I prefer the 35% TCA peel, which is performed in my office procedure room under oral sedation and takes about 45 minutes. Your skin will peel to its new fresh layer in about a week, and makeup can resume in about 2 weeks. For deeper wrinkles throughout the face, I prefer CO2 laser resurfacing. This is a procedure performed under general anesthesia as an outpatient. The skin is red for a bit longer, but makeup can be applied between two and three weeks after the peel.