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What is a chemical peel?
A chemical peel is a technique used to improve the appearance of the skin on the face, neck or hands. A chemical solution is applied to the skin, which makes it “blister” and eventually peel off. The new skin is usually smoother and less wrinkled than the old skin.
What are the different types of chemical peels?
There are three different depths of peels: superficial, medium, and deep. The depth of the peel will determine how long the peel will take, how many peels will be needed, and how long the results will last.
Superficial peels are the lightest peels and are often called “lunchtime peels” because they can be done in less than an hour.
They use alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs), such as glycolic or lactic acid, to gently remove the top layer of skin. Superficial peels can be done every 1-4 weeks and results are usually seen after 2-6 peels.
Medium peels are also called “chemical reconstructions” and use Trichloroacetic acid (TCA) to remove the top layers of skin. Medium peels can take up to an hour to complete and usually require anesthesia. The TCA peel is a medium-depth peel that uses Trichloroacetic acid (TCA) to remove the top layers of skin. The TCA peel can be used to improve the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, sun damage, and acne scars. The TCA peel can be done every 6-12 months and results could last for years.
Deep peels are the strongest type of peel and use Phenol to remove the top layers of skin. Deep peels can take up to two hours to complete and require anesthesia. Deep peels can only be done once and results should last for years.