It used to be considered a huge no-no to do a chemical peel after facial plastic surgery procedures, particularly lifting procedures. That’s because many feared that combining the two would cause skin necrosis. In other words, the thought was that a peel would cause newly operated on skin tissue to die. But new research has come out that challenges this age-old myth.
At the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery annual meeting, Los Angeles ophthalmologist Sheila C. Barbarino, MD, revealed some interesting results. Out of 1,118 men and women who combined facial plastic surgery procedures with TCA chemical peels of different percentages, there were no cases of skin necrosis.
In fact, a chemical peel following lifting procedures actually improves the skin color and texture. This is because the peel helps to create new epidermis, dermal collagen and elastic fibers. “Combining these two procedures and performing them simultaneously is extremely efficient. It calls for only one operative setting for anesthesia [and] one window of healing time, and it saves the patient time and money,” said Dr. Barbarino.
So while there were no cases of skin necrosis, it’s important to have a doctor evaluate if the patient’s skin thickness can tolerate both procedures to prevent complications. It’s strongly advised that surgeons not perform the procedure on patients with thin skin.
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