Medical Grade Chemical Peels
Chemical peels can provide significant benefits by exfoliating the damaged external layer of skin revealing the underlying new, more firm and smooth skin. Chemical peels are helpful in reducing fine lines and wrinkles, blemishes, age spots, as well as irregular pigmentation on the face and neck. Chemical peels are intended not just for cosmetic but also for therapeutic purposes such as melasma (darkening pigmentation of the skin) and precancerous conditions called actinic keratoses.
There is a wide array of chemical peels that are safe and available for use in different skin types, differing in the degree of penetration and peeling of the skin. At Metrolina Dermatology, we create custom specific chemical peels to meet your personal skin care needs ensuring a great outcome. A series of peels is typically required to obtain the best results performed at 2 to 4 week intervals. Recovery from the peel depends on the strength of peeling agent used and could be minimal with 2-3 days of minimal redness and peeling to up to 7-10 days of more intense swelling, redness, and peeling. Sun avoidance is crucial during the peeling process and sunscreen with at least an SPF 30 should be worn following the peel.
What is the procedure like?
The procedure is performed in the office. Please arrive to our office wearing no make-up if possible. Chemical peels begin with a thorough cleansing of the skin. The chemical agent is then applied to the skin that penetrates the dead skin cells and stimulates regeneration of a new skin. The peel may produce a slight uncomfortable warm or hot sensation that lasts about 5 to 10 minutes following by a stinging sensation. Often, a small fan is used to help alleviate discomfort during the treatment. For the first few days after treatment, a gentle cleanser and warm water is used to cleanse the skin, followed by a moisturizer. Your provider might recommend an ointment to be applied to the face or the use of ibuprofen to help reduce swelling and tenderness. A sunscreen of SPF 30 should be applied to protect your new skin from sunburn, age spots, and new wrinkles.
Are there any side effects?
Patients may experience discomfort during the procedure as a warm and tingling sensation that typically subsides after the procedure. Redness and peeling are typical after the peel is performed. If you have a history of cold sores or a history of keloid scars, please alert your provider before the procedure.
We offer the following in Cosmetic Dermatology:
- Botox and Dysport
- Soft Tissue Augmentation and Dermal Fillers
- Chemical Peels
- Skin Care Services- including Medical Facials, Chemical Peels, Microdermabrasion, and Hydrodermabrasion with Hydro Skin Rejuvenation