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Why may I need a chemical peel?

Stuart A. Linder, MD
Plastic Surgery
Chemical peels include: glycolic acids, TCA, and deep phenol peels. These are exfoliation agents that remove superficial debris from the epidermis and superficial papillary of the dermis. There is a decrease in elastosis with replacement of the connective tissue in the dermis. Common indications for peels include pigmentary problems including freckles, melasma, hyperpigmentation, and lentigines. Other indications include acne, epidermal growths (actinic keratosis, milia, seborrheic keratosis) and cosmetic purposes (fine wrinkles, aging, age-spots, and scars).

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