Chemical Peels

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 Chemical Peels For Healthier Skin

chemicalpeel_new.jpgChemicals peels are one of the oldest cosmetic procedures performed in the world, mainly because they’re a proven method to aid in skin rejuvenation for healthier, beautiful skin.  Here at Allen Dermatology, we’re all about helping you become a better, more confident you.  That’s why we offer various types of chemical peels that are customized based on your personal skin care goals.  Chemical peels can help reduce the signs of aging, scars, blemishes, and restore the natural beauty of your skin.

How Do Chemical Peels Work?

Chemical peels remove a layer of skin with a chemical preparation allowing the skin to grow back smoother than before and with reduced imperfections, leaving you with a younger, fresher appearance. Our doctor can determine which chemical facial peel may be right for you.

What Types Of Chemical Peels Are There?

There are several types of chemical peels available, including:

  • Light chemical peel (glycolic, salicylic, or lactic acid): These chemical peels are used to improve dry skin and uneven pigmentation of the skin. They can also be used to help improve the effects of sun-damage and help 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 of the skin. This type of peel is unique since it can be used anywhere on the body.
  • Vitalize Peel: A peeling solution combined with retinoic acid, a Vitalize peel is a simple and powerful, yet non-damaging, peel that can take years off of skin and be used to treat pigmentation abnormalities, melasma, photodamage and more.
  • 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.

What To Expect When Getting A Chemical Peel

Chemical peels are designed to help to reduce wrinkles, sun-damage, blotchy skin and uneven pigmentation, ultimately restoring your skin’s youthful appearance. The type of chemical peel being received will determine the specific aspects of the procedure. Below is a general protocol of a chemical peel procedure.

  • Your skin will be thoroughly cleansed.
  • 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 or designated cleanser.
  • A soothing ointment will then be applied, followed by sunscreen.
  • Your doctor will provide you with aftercare instructions. It is necessary to use daily sunscreen with microfine zinc oxide.
  • Multiple chemical peels may be necessary depending on the strength of the peel received and the patient’s skin condition.

The type of peel received will determine the length of 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.

Rejuvenate Your Skin Today!

At Allen Dermatology, we’re passionate when it comes to making you feel beautiful and confident in your own skin.  If you’re interested in getting a chemical peel, or in any of our other cosmetic skin care services, or have any questions about treatment, just contact us! We proudly serve the communities of Macon, GA and the surrounding areas.