Chemical Peels

Chemical peels are used to improve the appearance of the skin by applying a chemical solution which exfoliates and rejuvenates the skin. They work by dissolving off the top layer of skin.

What are chemical peels used to treat?
Chemical peels are used for the following purposes:

  • Active acne
  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Mild scarring from trauma and acne
  • Skin discoloration, sun spots, melasma
  • Skin rejuvenation

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What type of peels are used in your office?
We perform varying strengths of salicylic acid, glycolic acid, or trichloroacetic acid. It is important to use the proper peeling agent based upon your individual skin needs and color.

What should I expect during the treatment?
Most patients experience a warm sensation that lasts about 5-10 minutes, and they may have a stinging sensation after washing the peel off. The more aggressive the peel, the more heat and stinging there is associated with the treatment. The treatment is usually complete within 10 minutes.

What should I expect after the treatment?
There may be a mild to intense sunburn-type sensation after the peel, depending on the type and depth of the chemical used. A superficial peel usually produces redness and a very mild peeling lasting 3-5 days after the treatment. With deeper peels, the redness could last for a couple of weeks, and there will be a more intense peeling reaction. Once the peeling is complete it is safe to wear makeup.

How many sessions will I need?
Depending on the condition being treated, the color of your skin, the strength and type of peel used and your individual response to the peel, you may only need 1 peel, but more often you will require multiple sessions to get the optimal results.

Are there any complications associated with chemical peels?
When done correctly by experienced providers, chemical peels are very safe and there is little risk involved. However, as with any medical procedure, certain complications could occur. These include a temporary or permanent skin discoloration, scarring or redness.

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