Croton Oil Peel

Croton oil peel is our newest addition to our armamentarium of facial procedures. It is a way to resurface the skin in a way I believe superior to CO2 laser resurfacing. It’s purpose is decreasing wrinkles and increasing collagen as well as a elastin, stopping time if you will and reversing it. Improvement in texture, fine wrinkles of the skin is obtainable as well as improvement in pigmentation and pre-cancerous lesions. I believe this procedure is substantially better at improving the stubborn wrinkles around the mouth area than the CO2 laser. The effect is long lasting. Downtime for the entire face is a minimum of 8 to 12 days with prolonged redness needing to be camouflaged with make up. The procedure as of now it is done under general anesthetic. Smaller facial units such as lower lids can be done in the office with less downtime.

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Croton Oil Peel is an acid peel of the face which resurfaces the skin and improves skin texture, fine wrinkles, brown spots and even eliminates pre-cancerous lesions.  This acid peel increases collagen and elastin in the skin.  Unfortunately after 40 years of age we start losing 1% of our elastin and collagen per year.

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Various concentrations of a Croton Oil are placed on the face with cotton tipped applicators until the frost is of the desired opacity.  The full face procedure is performed under a general anesthetic.

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Patients leave the hospital with a pink tape mask on and a netting that stays on for 24 hours.  The mask is anti-bacterial and soothing.

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Patients return 24 hours after surgery and have the tape mask removed and a green Shrek like mask applied.


Stay tuned…. more to follow as well as photographic examples as our patients may be willing to allow us to share their photos and experience.