A chemical peel is a cosmetic treatment to enhance and smoothen skin that has textured and wrinkled with time and age. The most common solutions incorporate chemicals such as alpha hydroxy acids (AHA), phenol, and trichloroacetic acid (TCA), which are all FDA-approved for medical use. By removing damaged outer skin layers with these specialized acid solutions, a licensed surgeon can effective eradicate facial blemishes and skin discoloration on almost any part of the body.
The most ideal candidates for a chemical peel treatment are those who suffer from:
- Fine facial lines and wrinkles
- Sunken hand features
- Acne scars and lesion
- Uneven skin pigmentation
- Skin that is rough and/or scaly
- Naturally dark skin tone and/or complexion
It is important to note that chemical peels cannot completely treat deep wrinkles or scars, and it cannot tighten loose or sagging skin. Additionally, please schedule your consultation after completing a minimum 30-day skincare regimen using our ZO Skin Health product line.
Results and Recovery
Recovery often depends on the type of chemical peel used. Lighter peels reveal subtle improvements that show up with time, whereas deeper peels have more dramatic results but at the cost of a longer recovery time. Post-surgery, the skin may become red and swollen temporarily, sometimes up to one week, with accompanying bruising. Swelling can often be confused for a bad result, so we recommend patients wait a week to let the swelling subside. Dr. Barrett will provide more specific instructions on how to best care for yourself during the recovery period customized on your condition and surgery.