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WHAT IS GLYCOLIC ACID?

Glycolic acid is a non-toxic organic acid found in natural foods and within our bodies. When properly applied to the skin, glycolic acid removes the outermost skin cells, allowing new skin cells to grow in a smoother, more organized fashion.

WHAT IS GLYCOLIC ACID USED FOR?

Glycolic acid repairs sun-damaged skin, eliminates fine wrinkles and superficial skin blemishes, and improves overall skin tone. Acne-prone skin also responds superbly to this treatment. Glycolic peels will not rid the skin of deep wrinkles – these are more effectively treated with stronger peels, also performed by Dr. Deutsch.

HOW DO HOME GLYCOLIC PRODUCTS WORK?

Home care glycolic lotion and creams contain 10-13 percent glycolic acid. Applied once or twice daily after cleaning these products accelerate cell turnover by removing dead outer skin cells. This “primes” the skin for subsequent glycolic peels.

WHAT IS A GLYCOLIC PEEL, AND WHO PERFORMS IT?

A glycolic peel contains a stronger concentration of glycolic acid, usually about 70 percent. While weaker solutions (30-40 percent) may be applied by an aesthetician, the true peels are performed by a physician or under a physician’s supervision. The peel solution, left on the skin for 3 – 15 minutes before removal, allows for more thorough facial skin rejuvenation than the home-care products alone. Peels are usually done in series of 3 – 6 (depending on skin type), allowing two weeks between peels.

WILL I HAVE MUCH PEELING AND/OR REDNESS AFTER THE PEEL?

No. This occurs with deeper peels, but usually not with glycolic acid. The glycolic peels are gentle, mild and well-tolerated. You may return to work and/or normal social functions immediately after your peel.

DO I HAVE TO AVOID SUN EXPOSURE?

Only for 2-3 hours after each peel. Unlike Retin-A, glycolic acid is not photosensitizing, so sun exposure is not harmful. However, Dr. Deutsch highly recommends that you routinely use a moisturizer with sun screen on a daily basis to minimize the damaging effects of the sun.

AM I TOO YOUNG FOR A GLYCOLIC PEEL?

No – people of all ages may benefit from glycolic treatment, even if wrinkles, blemishes or sun damage are only minimal. Your skin will look and feel rejuvenated and fresh.

HOW IS OTOLARYNGOLOGY (EAR, NOSE AND THROAT SURGERY/MEDICINE) RELATED TO FACIAL PLASTIC SURGERY?

Facial plastic surgery has its roots in otolaryngology, the field of facial, head and neck surgery. Many of the founding fathers of plastic surgery were actually otolaryngologists. Today, otolaryngology-trained facial plastic surgeons remain at the forefront of cosmetic surgery in their area of expertise – the face, head and neck. Dr. Deutsch is board-certified by the American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, and is a member of the American Academy of Facial Plastics and Reconstructive Surgery. He completed his Fellowship in facial plastics and reconstructive surgery in Vero Beach, Florida before joining Ear, Nose and Throat, Ltd. in 1994.

HOW DO I FIND OUT MORE ABOUT GLYCOLIC PEELS?

Dr. Deutsch is offering free consultations for peels and cosmetic surgery for a limited time. Please call 623-0526 for more information.

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