Chemical Peels

Chemical peels help reduce the signs of aging, scars and blemishes, and they can restore the natural beauty of your skin! We offer many different types of chemical peels, in varying strengths, that can aid in skin rejuvenation.

Chemical peels are designed to help to reduce wrinkles, sun-damage, blotchy skin and uneven pigmentation. Chemical peels remove a layer of skin with a chemical preparation, allowing the skin to grow back smoother than before and with reduced imperfections. This treatment leaves you with a younger, fresher appearance. Our doctor can determine which facial chemical peel may be right for you.

There are several types of chemical peels available, including:

  • Light chemical peel (glycolic or salicylic acid): These chemical peels are used to improve dry skin and uneven pigmentation. They can also be used to help improve the effects of sun-damage and to control acne. Multiple treatments may be necessary to achieve the desired results.
  • Medium chemical peel (TCA): This type of chemical peel is most often used for those who want to improve the appearance of fine wrinkles, mild blemishes and uneven pigmentation. This type of peel can be used anywhere on the body.
  • Deep chemical peel (phenol): Deep chemical peels are used to smooth deeper wrinkles and remove major blotching, usually caused by aging or extensive sun exposure. This type of peel can only be used on the face.
  • Acne chemical peels: Mild, medium or deep chemical peels can be used to help control acne and smooth the appearance of acne scars. The strength of the peel will depend on the patient's skin condition.

The type of chemical peel you receive will determine the specific aspects of the procedure. Below is a general protocol of a chemical peel procedure:

  • Your skin will be thoroughly cleansed, and if necessary, a topical anesthetic will be applied to the targeted area.
  • The chemical peel solution will then be applied. Patients can expect to feel a slight tingling or stinging sensation as the peel is being applied.
  • Once the peel solution has set on the skin for the prescribed amount of time, it is washed off with water.
  • A soothing ointment will then be applied.
  • You will be provided aftercare instructions and prescribe a mild pain reliever for any discomfort following the procedure.
  • Multiple chemical peels may be necessary depending on the strength of the peel received and the patient's skin condition.

The type of peel you receive will determine the length of your recovery time. Some patients can resume normal daily activities immediately following treatment, while other, more intense treatments may require patients to take a week off from work for optimal recovery.

While there are rarely any complications associated with chemical peels, certain risks do exist, including scarring, swelling, infection, cold sore outbreaks and possible changes in skin tone. To help reduce side effects associated with chemical peels, it is important to provide your doctor with a complete medical history and follow the instructions provided by your doctor carefully.