Looking for a way to help your patients improve their appearance in an uncertain economy? Look no more!
The power of the chemical peel should not be underestimated, according to Dr. M. Elizabeth Briden, medical director of the Advanced Dermatology & Cosmetic Institute in Edina, Minn., and adjunct associate professor at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis.
Glycolic acid peels are especially appropriate for uncertain times because of their versatility. At the Orlando Dermatology Aesthetic & Clinical Conference in January, Dr. Briden shared her Top Ten Reasons to Use Glycolic Acid Peels:
10. People like them, they really like them. In 2009, approximately half a million chemical peels were performed in the U.S., according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Ok, so there were more than 2 million Botox injections and more than 1 million filler procedures, but patients obviously haven’t given up on peels.
9. Glycolic acid peels are green. Glycolic acid consists of organic carboxylic acid and sugar cane. It doesn’t get much more natural than that, and a “green” peel has appeal for many patients.
8. Glycolic acid peels are for everyone! Data support the use of glycolic acid peels on all skin types, all ages, and all areas of the body, including the face, neck, chest, back, and even the hands and feet.
7. Glycolic acid peels are unique. The unique mechanism of action of glycolic acid works on the ionic bonds that hold skin cells together, so there is no tissue necrosis.
6. Glycolic acid peels are multitaskers. With glycolic acid peels, multiple depths of penetration are possible, and these peels have demonstrated beneficial effect on both the dermis and epidermis.
5. Glycolic peels offer a range of clinical and therapeutic benefits. They can to improve the appearance of patients suffering from conditions including acne, rosacea, dyschromias, actinic keratoses, keratosis pilaris, and seborrheic keratoses.
4. Glycolic acid peels make you look younger. Data support the effectiveness of glycolic acid for skin rejuvenation.
3. Glycolic acid peels are cooperative. The most popular skin rejuvenation procedures, including Botox, fillers, nonablative resurfacing, and cosmetic surgery, do not improve the surface of the skin. But glycolic acid peels can be used in addition to any of these treatments to complete your patient’s improved appearance.
2. Glycolic acid peels are your surgical assistants. Peels can be used to prepare the skin before surgical or laser procedures and they can help maintain the rejuvenating effects after the procedures.
1. Glycolic peels are cost effective! These peels require minimal equipment, and they can be performed by ancillary staff members. They are affordable for patients, and they can serve as an introduction to skin rejuvenation treatments.
Dr. Briden disclosed serving as a consultant for NeoStrata.
—Heidi Splete (on Twitter @hsplete)