Lewis Plastic Surgery: Gordon Lewis, MD
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Midlothian, VA 23113
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A lactic peel is derived from milk; it is one of the mildest forms of chemical peels and helps to bring the natural moisture to the skin. The lactic peel is especially good for first time users or people with sensitive skin as it does not produce the discomfort, redness and irritation associated with other peels. The recovery time is also lessened. People with rosacea can also benefit from a lactic peel.
The first step in this treatment is to clean the skin and use a toner. The next step would be to degrease the skin by using a medical grade de-greaser on the area of your skin you want to apply the peel. This step will not only remove the surface oil to enhance the peel penetration but also kill bacteria. This step is optional if you have sensitive skin.
The next step will be to apply the peel, the length of time the peel remains on the skin will vary according to how strong the peel is and the sensitivity of the patients skin. The skin is then neutralized with water or a neutralizer that comes along with the specific peel.
The last step in this process will be the application of moisturizer and sunscreen SPF 30.
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This peel causes the elastic fibers in the dermis layer of the skin to be stimulated and produce new collagen which will target fine lines, wrinkles, and dryness.
This extraordinary treatment increases levels of hydration, assists in the production of collagen and elastin, decreases pigmentation and plumps up wrinkles to improve skin texture and reduce irritation. Please inform us of any condition that may have bearing on this peel such as:
- Recent facial surgery
- Cold sores
- Use of topical or oral medications such as Tretinoin, Retin-A, Accutane, Differin, and Tazorac
To maximize results you will need to use a medical grade skin care regimen.
All our Peels are epidermal; you will get the same results with a series of six peels as if you were getting a deep peel; without the risk of more hyperpigmentation, downtime, pain and discomfort.
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Recommended Course of Treatment
After most peels, the skin will be pink to red, and look shiny and tight. It is vital to apply sunscreen of SFP 30 or greater and do not use any products that will irritate or exfoliate your skin like glycolic acid, retinol or Clarisonic brush in the next 48 hours. You must also stay out of the sun, as your skin will be very sensitive to UV rays and could be damaged by sun exposure. The skin will begin to flake or peel within 2–3 days after the treatment, this is your skin purging toxins and is a normal effect after a treatment unless you had a lactic acid peel—these encourage moisture retention and may not produce any actual peeling.
Best results are achieved when it is done in a series of six treatments every other week. This course of treatment is approximately 3 months.
$80 per treatment—with the purchase of 5 treatments, you will receive the 6th treatment at no charge.
This treatment will take about 30 minutes, so please plan accordingly when scheduling your appointment.
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