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When you click on the "Medium" or "Large" button underneath a photograph, you will see that photograph enlarged, and also, where available, different views of the same patient.

 

Plastic surgery (cosmetic surgery) before and after photograph.

A peel is used to treat wrinkles, which usually cannot be improved with other facial surgery procedures. A skin peel can be accomplished with a chemical solution, a laser, or a dermabrasion. The chemical peel is the most effective. During a chemical peel, a solution is placed on the skin that removes the skin's top layers. When the new skin heals in, it does not wrinkle like the old skin did. The peel is frequently used for wrinkles around the mouth and lips, an area that is not helped by the face lift. This person had only a chemical peel.

 

 

 Plastic surgery (cosmetic surgery) before and after photograph.

A peel can be used around the eyes, as in this patient, or around the mouth, as in the patient at the top of this page, or the entire face can be peeled. The improvement in the this patient's eyes could not be achieved with eyelid surgery. It takes a peel to remove the wrinkles effectively.

 

 

Plastic surgery (cosmetic surgery) before and after photograph.

This person's wrinkling would not be significantly helped by a face lift. The face lift was done to help the sagging skin and jowls, and three months later a chemical peel of the entire face reduced the wrinkling. The concept is that we do not try to put tension on the surface of the skin with a face lift in order to reduce wrinkling -- that doesn't work, and it would make the face look tight. A good face lift repositions the skin to reduce jowling and sagging skin under the chin, and then the peel reduces the wrinkles on the surface of the skin.

 

 

Plastic surgery (cosmetic surgery) before and after photograph.

Little vertical wrinkles on the upper and lower lips are very common, and they are treated effectively with a peel.

 

 

Plastic surgery (cosmetic surgery) before and after photograph.

The peel can be combined with other operations, to achieve a better effect. She had upper eyelid surgery and a face lift, and then a peel of the entire face to treat the wrinkles.

 

 

Plastic surgery (cosmetic surgery) before and after photograph.

The face lift can remove jowling and excess skin in the neck, but all the little wrinkles by the corners of the mouth and the lines that go from the sides of the nose to the corners of the mouth won't disappear with a face lift. She had a peel around her mouth at the same time as her face lift.

 

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