A. In my opinion, you are not a candidate for CO2. The keloid risk for facial resurfacing is small, but the risk of post-inflammatory hypopigmentation makes me think Fraxel Restore or Cooltouch C3 are better options.
Q. I am thinking about having a chemical peel (starting with a light one, because I am scared) but I don't know much about it. I have olive skin complexion and would like to know if having a chemical peel will cause pink patches? What would I have to do daily after the chemical peel? How long before I see results?
A. If you are olive skin toned, I would only recommend a light peel even if you become very brave. A series of lunchtime peels is the optimal choice for darker skin tones to brighten the skin tone and blend the skin color. The results are best if you are prepped for several weeks with a skin care regime designed for your individual needs (do you have acne? brown spots? etc). Sun avoidance after the peel is mandatory (you might even want to do this in the Winter, rather than during the sunny Summer months). Red or pink patches may occur for several days post-peel, but should resolve by 7 days. If not, you must talk to your dermatologist since prolonged redness can cause dark spots. Early treatment will nip it in the bud. The protocol after a peel may include a non-acid vitamin C, emollients and always sunscreens. We usually restart retinoids one week post peel. Remember, a light peel means a series of 3-6 to get the results you need, so it takes several months to see the benefit.
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Our mission at the Lupo Center is to provide patients with innovative, effective and ethical care to make each person look and feel their personal best. To fulfill our goal, we provide state-of-the-art medical, surgical and cosmetic treatments to all patients.
Board certified dermatologist and clinical professor of dermatology Mary P. Lupo, MD has been a leader in the field of non-surgical rejuvenation since 1983. She travels internationally to teach her innovative techniques, and her reputation brings in patients from around the country. She started the first formal residency training program for injectables and peels in 1983 at Tulane Medical School and served as past president of Women’s Dermatologic Society, adjunct professor of dermatology at Tulane and a founder of Cosmetic Boot Camp. Dr. Lupo holds membership in many prestigious dermatology associations, participates in clinical trials for approval of new drugs and devices and acts as an advisor for numerous aesthetic-minded companies.