Chemical Peels

Light to Medium Chemical Peels

Superficial and medium chemical peels use chemical solutions such as salicylic, trichloroacetic or glycolic acid to remove damaged skin and reveal smoother, younger looking skin.

Light chemical peels remove the outermost layer of skin, gently exfoliating and refreshing the skin with a brighter appearance. This type of peel fixes mild skin discolorations and offers little to no downtime, allowing patients to resume normal activities shortly after the treatment.

Medium chemical peels penetrate the outermost layer of skin to treat the middle layer of skin. This chemical solution, usually a trichloroacetic acid mixture, removes damaged skin cells, reducing the appearance of age spots, fine lines, wrinkles, skin discolorations and roughness.

Who is a Good Candidate for Chemical Peels?

Most people are good candidates for chemical peels, especially those looking to reduce skin discolorations, fine lines, wrinkles and age spots or those wanting smoother skin. Results of all chemical peels depend on individual skin type and the severity of the skin imperfections.

What to Expect During a Superficial or Medium Chemical Peel

Light or Superficial Chemical Peels: During a light chemical peel, the doctor or skin care specialist will cleanse the face and apply the treatment. The chemical used is then neutralized with water and an ointment or moisturizer is applied. There is generally no downtime for superficial peels and patients may return to work or normal activities immediately after.

Medium Chemical Peels: Similar to a light chemical peel, the doctor will cleanse the face and apply the chemical treatment to the appropriate areas, adding ointment to keep the skin hydrated and healthy. There may be slight pain and swelling involved in a medium peel, but these will subside within the next day or two. Medium chemical peels usually involve 7 days of downtime.

Are there Side Effects for Light or Medium Chemical Peels?

The side effects of chemical peels vary depending on skin type and depth of the skin removal, but general side effects may include minimal redness or swelling that resolves soon after the treatment.

When Can Patients Expect to See Results?*

Results may appear immediately, especially with superficial chemical peels, but full results appear once the skin is fully healed. Patients should notice smoother, glowing skin after a chemical peel is completed.

How Much Do Chemical Peels Cost?

Chemical peels vary in cost depending on the type of peel. Beaty Facial Plastic Surgery also offers special package deals for series of chemical peel treatments.*

Invigorate Your Skin with Chemical Peels

If you’re ready for fresher, younger looking skin, talk to one of our chemical peel experts at Beaty Facial Plastic Surgery and book your free consultation today.

*individual results may vary

Deep Chemical Peels

Deep chemical peels, or medical grade chemical peels, are facial treatments that penetrate the middle layer of the skin, removing damaged cells and stimulating the growth of new ones. Thanks to this rejuvenating process, wrinkles, fine lines, age spots, and shallow scars practically disappear. Deep chemical peels also brighten and tighten the face to give a younger, fresher look to the treated skin.

Who Is a Good Candidate for Deep Chemical Peels?

Deep chemical peels are often recommended for patients who wish to minimize:

  • Acne scars
  • Age spots
  • Fine to moderate lines
  • Wrinkles
  • Skin discoloring

What Happens During a Deep Chemical Peel?

Whether you choose a superficial chemical peel or a deep peel, it is important to prepare your skin. Dr. Beaty recommends cleansing the skin twice daily for 10 to 14 days prior to the treatment. While it’s always a good idea to wear sunscreen, it’s especially important to apply a medical grade sunscreen, such as Elta MD, daily in the weeks before and after a deep chemical peel.

During a medical grade chemical peel procedure, a sedative or pain reliever may be given, and general anesthesia may also be used. Dr. Beaty will thoroughly cleanse the skin and the active ingredient will be applied. These specific peeling agents may vary according to the need of each patient.

This process may take anywhere between 30 to 60 minutes, depending on the number of areas being treated.

What to Expect After a Medical Grade Chemical Peel

The chemical solution used for a medical grade chemical peel will cause the layers of damaged or dead skin to slough off. Some patients choose to take off work for about 2 weeks, as skin regrowth takes anywhere from 10 to 14 days. Patients should avoid sun exposure and smoking until the skin is fully healed, as new skin is more susceptible to damage.

To protect your freshly rejuvenated face, moisturize the skin and apply sunscreen daily, and avoid scratching the affected areas as it can reduce results.

What are the Side Effects of Deep Chemical Peels?

Because they penetrate the middle layers of skin, deep chemical peels may result in some side effects, including redness, peeling, and itching.

When Can Patients Expect to See Results?*

Patients should expect to see results within a week or two of the chemical peel. In order to maximize the results of your chemical peel, Dr. Beaty will provide you with post-peel instructions at the time treatment.

Achieve Smoother Skin with a Deep Chemical Peel in Metro Atlanta

Longing for a fresher, more youthful complexion? Turn to the experts at Beaty Facial Plastic Surgery in Alpharetta and Midtown Atlanta.

*individual results may vary

Dr. Beaty and team specialize in non-surgical procedures, facial plastic surgery options and more.

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