Ready to look in the mirror and love your complexion? Chemical peels work by removing damaged outer layers of skin to create a smoother complexion with reduced scarring and blemishes.
What to Expect
Before treatment, we will cleanse your skin. TCA and phenol chemical peels include anesthetic properties, and an AHA chemical peel produces only a slight stinging. During a TCA or phenol peel, the skin is cleansed and the solution is applied, which may cause a brief stinging sensation. Petroleum jelly or a waterproof adhesive tape may be put on the skin following a phenol peel. During an AHA peel, the skin is cleansed and the solution applied. There is no need for post-peel ointment or covering. The average amount of time for a chemical peel is one hour.
A phenol or TCA peel can result in tingling or throbbing, reddened skin, a crust or scab, and significant swelling that lasts — depending on the strength of the peel used — about a week. With a phenol peel, your eyes may be swollen shut at first, and you may be put on a liquid diet and advised to keep talking to a minimum. Any tape used will be removed after a day or two. AHA peels can cause temporary stinging, redness, and irritation, as well as flaking or crusting.
After a chemical peel, it is essential that the skin be protected from the sun.