At Art of SKIN Dermatology, Laser and Cosmetic Surgery, we offer a variety of chemical peels for a wide range of skin concerns, including, pigmentation reduction, improving the tone and texture of the skin or brightening skin before a big event.
Chemical peels treat various skin concerns, such as reducing pigmentation, improving skin tone and texture and brightening the skin. Also, chemical peels are useful in managing active acne, precancerous lesions or minimizing acne scarring.
More specifically, chemical peels can reduce pigmentation problems such as melasma, Poikiloderma of Civatte and solar lentigines and improve sun-damaged or aged skin problems associated with increased skin laxity, wrinkles, and uneven textures. Chemical peels are very effective in fighting signs of aging and are a popular treatment for skin rejuvenation for areas such as the face, neck and chest, and even backs of the hands!
How Does a
Chemical Peel Work?
Chemical peels remove the outer layer of skin to reveal the younger, healthier skin underneath. Different chemicals are used to achieve different results, as some chemicals produce deeper peels than others. Generally, the deeper the peel, the more noticeable and lasting the results.
In our practice, the most commonly used superficial peeling agent is glycolic acid (a natural product derived from sugar cane). Trichloroacetic acid (TCA) is used as the mid-depth peeling agent and has been safely used in medicine for over 150 years.
In a TCA mid-depth chemical peel, a solution of dilute TCA is applied to the face to remove the damaged surface layers of skin, including the epidermis and the superficial dermis, while not impacting the mid dermis. TCA chemical peels are a very effective treatment for improving uneven skin tone and texture problems caused by sun damage and pigmentation abnormalities such as melasma.
TCA peels can also effectively reduce and improve the signs of aging and can provide significant long-term results. The required downtime after a mid-depth TCA peel is usually one week.
Lighter chemical peels can be designed to remove only the superficial skin of the epidermis to reveal healthier, smoother, fresher-looking skin. The results are less dramatic compared to those of a TCA peel. Required downtime will vary and depend on the type and degree of the chemical peel in question, but it is usually 1 – 4 days.
The chemical used (i.e., TCA, Glycolic Acid, etc.) and the peeling agent’s concentration are specific to each patient. For this reason, chemical peels (especially mid to deep chemical peels) must be applied under the direction of a qualified skin specialist, such as an accredited dermatologist.
Dermatologists have a deep understanding of the structure and function of the skin and are the most experienced individuals to care for conditions that require a chemical peel.
At Art of SKIN Dermatology, Laser and Cosmetic Surgery, we offer many types of chemical peels:
- TCA (trichloroacetic)
- Various combination peels (such as Jessners)
Downtimes range from 1 day to 7 days, depending on the type of peel and the patient’s skin type.
All patients will receive a consultation before treatment. During the consultation, we will discuss whether a chemical peel treatment is the best treatment in your particular case, the treatment areas, and the degree of treatment desired to achieve the best results.