- Chemical peels in Chelmsford at PURE Cosmetic Center can refresh your skin and your look without surgery.
- These scientifically-formulated peels can restore a more even skin color and a brighter complexion, and give you back that healthy glow you had when you were younger.
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WHAT ARE CHEMICAL PEELS?
A chemical peel is a solution used to improve your skin. It removes the outermost layer of skin in order to allow for the regeneration of new skin. It is commonly used on the face, neck, and hands. A peel can be used to treat acne scars, irregular pigments, rough texture, sun-damage, and fine lines and wrinkles.
There are several types of peels that can be classified as superficial, medium-depth, or deep. Depending on the strength, chemical peels can be ideal for treating conditions such as melasma (dark, discolored patches on your skin), dyschromia (patchy, red, or purple discolorations), acne, or other conditions such as solar keratoses (dry scaly sun damage spots), deep wrinkles, and scars.
TCA Peels: TCA peels are cosmetic skin treatments using trichloroacetic acid (TCA) that come in a variety of strengths or concentrations of acid. A TCA peel works by removing dead skin cells and stimulating new skin cell growth. TCA peels can help you achieve younger-looking skin. They can also be used to treat certain skin conditions, like melasma and acne scarring, and can be used on the face and other areas of the body. They are considered medium strength.
Salicylic Acid Peels: Salicylic acid peels are made from an acid naturally found in willow bark and wintergreen leaves but can be manufactured in a lab as well. It is in the beta-hydroxy acid family. These peels exfoliate skin cells and have an anti-inflammatory effect on the skin, which may be helpful in treating acne. It is considered a mild peel. Lower strength salicylic peels are available for home use, but application by a qualified medical professional will likely provide improved and more uniform results.
Jessner Peels: Jessner peels are an additional cosmetic skin treatment. They are effective in reducing melasma and pigment concerns in darker skin and can be an effective treatment for acne scars. The Jessner peels remove the top layer of skin, uncovering the smoother, healthier skin below. These peels are made up of a combination of acids: lactic acid, salicylic acid, and sometimes trichloroacetic acid. Some Jessner peels also contain resorcinol. The Jessner peel is usually a medium peel but can be used as a superficial peel for a faster healing time.
BENEFITS OF CHEMICAL PEELS
Chemical peels can improve the condition of your skin by reducing the signs of aging like fine lines and wrinkles and damage from the sun. You will experience a more even skin tone and smoother skin. Chemical peels can also be used to treat age spots and other discoloration, and some types of acne. They are especially effective in returning a youthful glow to your skin. Your results will depend on the ability of the person performing the peel, which is why it is important to choose a trained and licensed professional like the aesthetic specialists at PURE Cosmetic Center.
Before you have a chemical peel Chelmsford plastic surgeon Dr. Lee may advise that you follow a skincare plan for several weeks. We will discuss whether this pre-peel process is needed after an examination of your skin and an explanation of the different types of peels.
Depending on your needs and the time of recovery preferred, we’ll recommend the course of treatment that ensures your best Chelmsford chemical peel results. You may be instructed to use a tretinoin cream and/or a skin lightening agent to condition the skin for a peel. This is usually done for at least 4 weeks prior to the peel. Depending on the depth of the peel, you may be instructed to take oral pain medications and oral sedation medications 1 hour prior to your procedure. Local numbing medicine may also be recommended by the provider.
- When you come in for the peel, your skin will be prepared for the procedure, which will include a comprehensive cleansing of your skin. The peel can be performed while you are awake. If you are undergoing another surgical procedure that requires general anesthesia, a chemical peel can also be performed at the same time while you are asleep. A deep peel is done in a surgical setting and will be done under anesthesia.
- The peel will be applied, and your skin will be monitored so that the peel will be removed at the ideal time. You may feel a tingling and slight burning sensation. Depending on the type of peel, you may need cool compresses followed by a soothing cream or lotion. Vaseline may be applied for deeper peels to help your skin retain moisture while it heals. After the peel is done, your face may have some redness and oozing. This is normal.
Our aesthetic specialists at PURE Cosmetic Center will provide detailed guidance for you to follow before you leave for home. We will also discuss what to expect. You will notice the improvement in your skin after your skin heals. The length of the improvement will depend on the type of peel. Remember, that your skin will continue to age, so additional superficial or medium peels may be needed for maintenance.
THE RIGHT PEEL FOR YOUR SKIN
If you have a superficial peel, you can expect that your skin may be pink afterward, followed by scaling. This should last a few days You may need additional peels to get the results that you want.
With a medium peel, the healing time is about a week. The skin may be red and swollen. You will need to soak your skin daily for some time, followed by applying an ointment. You may be prescribed medications and you will need to avoid the sun until your skin heals.
A deeper peel will result in a two-to-three-week healing period and the area will be lathered with ointments after the procedure.
Why should you choose PURE Cosmetic Center for your chemical peel? PURE Cosmetic Center Medical Director Dave Lee, MD, is a highly trained and skilled Chelmsford plastic surgeon who specializes in providing outstanding procedures and great results. He is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery® (ABPS). For chemical peels in Chelmsford as well as other procedures to improve your appearance, Dr. Lee offers services that will improve your skin health and boost your self-confidence.
The length of recovery from a peel depends on the depth of the peel. The deeper the peel, the longer it takes for recovery. For a superficial peel, you may recover in less than a week. For deeper peels, you may need up to two weeks to recover. After a peel, your skin will be very sensitive to the sun, so you should make sure to use sunscreen.
CHEMICAL PEEL FAQS
Chemical peels are excellent for anyone who wants softer, smoother, more youthful-looking skin. If you have acne, discoloration, or fine lines, a chemical peel may be helpful. Because of the variety of chemical peels available, most people can experience improvement in their skin with this treatment if performed at a qualified aesthetic center such as PURE Cosmetic Center. We require that any patient interested in receiving one of our renowned chemical peels in Chelmsford have a consultation prior to the treatment.
Dr. Lee offers many procedures to improve the quality of your skin. Be sure to discuss any issues you have with him during your consultation.
Chemical peels in Chelmsford range in cost depending on the type of peel and the condition being treated. They are considered cosmetic so insurance will likely not pay for these treatments.
Your beauty is a symphony. Don’t trust it to anyone less than a true performer and a master at his craft. Chelmsford plastic surgeon, Dr. Dave Lee brings the virtuosity of a concert pianist and the artistry of a renowned plastic surgeon to each procedure. Schedule a consultation today to discover why patients across New England are singing the praises of Dr. Lee and his staff at PURE Cosmetic Center.