Sun exposure, acne or just getting older can leave your skin tone uneven, wrinkled, spotted or scarred. If you want your skin to look smoother and younger, consider a chemical peel, which uses a chemical solution to smooth the texture of your skin by removing the damaged outer layers.
A chemical peel, also called chemexfoliation or derma peeling, is one of the least invasive ways to improve the appearance of your skin. Although chemical peels are used mostly on the face, they can also be used to improve the skin on your neck and hands. The new, regenerated skin is usually smoother and less wrinkled and is also temporarily more sensitive to the sun.
You can improve:
- Acne or acne scars
- Age and liver spots
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Irregular ski pigmentation
- Rough skin and scaly patches
- Sun-damaged skin
- Splotching due to taking birth control pills
- Skin that is dull in texture and color
Chemical peels can be divided into three categories, light, intermediate, and deep, or multi-level. Light peels only affect the superficial dead cell layer of skin. These are AHA’s, glycolic acids, retinols, resorsinol, kojic acid, etc. Intermediate peels are trichloracytic acid (TCA) 20-35%. Deep chemical peels are the gold standard and include phenol and crotin oil based peels.
Dr. Moran tailors the multi-level peel she does to each patient's skin type and skin problems.
Is it right for me?
It is important to understand what a chemical peel cannot do, such as:
- Treat deep facial lines
- Tighten loose or sagging skin
- Stimulate collagen production
- Remove broken capillaries
- Change pore size
- Remove deep scars
You may not be a good candidate for chemical peeling if you have:
- A history of skin scarring
- Abnormal pigmentation
- Afro-Caribbean or Asian skin
- Facial warts
- Red hair and pale freckled skin
- Used certain acne treatments within the last year
Where is it performed?
The procedure is typically performed on an out-patient basis in Dr. Moran’s office.
Anesthesia and medication
This procedure is frequently performed without anesthesia.
None. Most patients return to work and most normal activities, including vigorous exercise, the day of the procedure.