Chemical Peels

Chemical Peels Specialist
Skin, the body’s largest organ, has an amazing capacity for self-rejuvenation, though these systems remain largely dormant until triggered into a repair response. Dr. Anjan Patel and the team at Medical Solutions Center in Boca Raton, Florida, use chemical peels as a way of kick-starting these repair mechanisms to remove flaws and tighten skin. Call today to learn more and book your appointment.

Chemical Peels Q & A

What are chemical peels?

The natural life cycle of skin has its own pace and often, that’s not optimal for refreshing a person’s appearance. Sun exposure, time, and gravity also take a toll on the various layers of skin tissue, and without intervention, these effects accumulate.

Chemical peels use Solution applied to the skin, most commonly on the face to help the exfoliation process by removing older and dead skin and triggering the renewal process. These Solution come in various strengths and with different treatment targets.

After the peel, skin is typically smoother, with fewer lines and wrinkles and, in some cases, with more even color. While the activity of a chemical peel is consistent, results often vary between patients, due to differences in skin type and the extent of the damage that the peels address.

What are the different types of peels?

Generally, chemical peels fall into three types.

Superficial peels
These are the most gentle peels. Sometimes called “lunchtime” facials, there’s little downtime for recovery. Using a mild acid such as an alpha-hydroxy product, superficial peels don’t penetrate the skin very deeply, and therefore produce equally gentle results. Dark discoloration and deep lines may not benefit.

Moderate peels
Somewhat more aggressive than superficial peels, the chemicals used for moderate peels are glycolic or trichloroacetic acids, which penetrate the outer and middle layers of the skin. Age spots, freckles and other skin discolorations typically lighten or disappear, as do many lines and wrinkles. Moderate peels may also be used to treat actinic keratosis, a precancerous skin growth.

Deep peels
Deep peels use trichloroacetic acid or phenol for deep penetration of the middle skin layer. Moderate wrinkles, darker age spots, skin discoloration, and shallow scars all show improved appearance after a deep peel treatment.

Are chemical peels painful?

Generally, the stronger the peel, the more it stings, but most people don’t describe the sensation as painful. There is, however, recovery time needed for any chemical peel. Superficial peels require one to seven days, depending on the chemical and the reaction to the peel. Medium peels cause redness and swelling and recovery time is one to two weeks. Deep peels require much more after-care, as well as a two to three-week healing period.

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Anjan Patel, MD
17940 North Military Trail
Unit 300
Boca Raton, FL 33496