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Combining superficial glycolic acid (alpha-hydroxy acid) peels with microdermabrasion to maximize treatment results and patient satisfaction.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  17455889     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Microdermabrasion and superficial glycolic acid peels are common aesthetic procedures. Microdermabrasion alone provides the benefits of exfoliation but may provide faster results and increased patient satisfaction when combined with superficial glycolic acid (alpha-hydroxy acid) peels because of the significant antiaging effects of glycolic acid peels. A roundtable discussion was held with dermatologists to review methods of combining these procedures. The first method included alternating glycolic acid peels and microdermabrasion treatments every 2 weeks, enabling the patient to receive both a peel and microdermabrasion in the same month. With the second method, microdermabrasion may be used prior to the superficial glycolic acid peel to increase the exfoliation and antiaging effects of both treatments within the same visit. This second method is considered to be a more aggressive approach and usually is reserved for patients with a history of procedures. Lastly, combining treatments can be used to maintain a patient's skin after the initial treatment stage, usually performed every other month or seasonally, depending on the patient. As with all combination treatments, safety precautions and monitoring the patient's skin throughout treatment are crucial to success.
Elizabeth Briden; Ellen Jacobsen; Colleen Johnson
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Cutis     Volume:  79     ISSN:  0011-4162     ISO Abbreviation:  Cutis     Publication Date:  2007 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-04-25     Completed Date:  2007-08-08     Revised Date:  2013-09-12    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0006440     Medline TA:  Cutis     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  13-6     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Dermatology, University of Minnesota School of Medicine, Minneapolis, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Chemexfoliation* / adverse effects,  methods
Combined Modality Therapy
Dermabrasion* / adverse effects,  methods
Glycolates / adverse effects,  therapeutic use*
Keratolytic Agents / adverse effects,  therapeutic use*
Patient Satisfaction*
Skin Diseases / therapy
Treatment Outcome
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Glycolates; 0/Keratolytic Agents; 79-14-1/glycolic acid

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