Chemical Peel Questions and Answers Archive

Dec
2001

Q&A: What procedures can be done for dark circles under the eyes?

Question:

what procedures can be done for dark circles under the eyes?

- jennifer

Answer:

 David M. Metzner, MD - LocateADoc.com

Dark circles can be improved by chemical peel and by some eyelid surgery procedures if done in a special way, or a combination of both. David M. Metzner, MD

-- David M. Metzner, MD
Metairie, Louisiana



Nov
2001

Q&A: What procedure can be used to lighten the color of skin?

Question:

Are there any procedures such as tattoing, etc. for the lightening of skin? What was Michael Jacksons procedure for the lightening of his skin?

- yahaira

Answer:

Amy Taub, M.D. - LocateADoc.com

You can lighten the skin with various bleaching agents, the most utilized was hydroquinone in a 4% formulation (need a prescription) or over the counter in a 2% formulation. Much higher percentages can be utilized for more permanent results and there is speculation that this is what Michael Jackson used but I have no confirmed information about his treatments. Kojic acid is another chemical that may help lighten the skin. Other treatments would include laser treatments or chemical peels. There are tattoo artists skilled in hiding scars with flesh colored tattoos, but I am not sure how this would work if a large surface area were involved.

--Amy Taub, M.D.
Lincolnshire, Illinois



Nov
2001

Q&A: How can I get rid of two dark spots on my cheeks that came from the use of an acne medicine called Dernovat?

Question:

a dermatologist proscribed me a creme called Dernovat for my acne. after use of this creme I have 2 dark spots on my sheeks ever since(almost 10 years now) how can I get ride of them?

- shukri

Answer:

Amy Taub, M.D. - LocateADoc.com

I am not familiar with the cream you name. Assuming that you had a reaction to them and developed some type of hyperpigmentation, I would attempt to use a hydroquinone containing cream (preferably a 4% hydroquinone prescription cream such as Lustra) or an OTC version (such as Bleaching cream or gel on the skinfo.com website) as well as a retinol containing cream (again such as Afirm on the skinfo.com website) and even consider some mild chemical peels or microdermabrasion. Even though they have been there for a long time, interventions such as these may help. If these do not help, find an experienced laser surgeon who may be able to help you by going to www.aslms.org and searching for a practitioner in your area.

--Amy Taub, M.D.
Lincolnshire, Illinois



Jun
2001

Q&A: How can I get my African-American skin color lightened?

Question:

I am an african-american female in my 30s. I have noticed that there are many african-americans in show business who have much lighter skin tone than they did a few years ago. (Michael Jackson being the most noteable.) How is this skin lightening achieved with such dramatic results? Thank you for your time. It is greatly appreciated.

- Jae

Answer:

Gregory Caputy, MD, Chief Surgeon - LocateADoc.com

Dear Jae, It is usually achieved through the continued use of bleaching agents containing 4% or more hydroquinone. Usually for the facial areas, repeated chemical peels are used at a deep level which result in reduction of pigment.

--Gregory Caputy, MD, Chief Surgeon
Honolulu, Hawaii



Jun
2001

Q&A: What can I do to lighten my skin color by reducing melanin in my body?

Question:

I'm 25 femle.I want to be fair[in skin].I want to reduce malenin in my body,by any chemical process,to get more fairer.I've tried out heomopathic medicines and succeeded to a little extent.Is this possible.how much will this cost?

- kiran

Answer:

Gregory Caputy, MD, Chief Surgeon - LocateADoc.com

Dear Kiran, This process is not suggested but the amount of melanin can be reduced by repeated deep chemical peels. For smaller area, bleaching creams using 4% hydroquinone and strong sunscreens can reduce the darkness of the skin.

--Gregory Caputy, MD, Chief Surgeon
Honolulu, Hawaii