Chemical peels date back to ancient Egypt, when sour milk, salt, and animal products were used to rejuvenate the skin. Today, patients in Plano, Texas, can enjoy the benefits of more technologically advanced cosmetic enhancements under the skilled care of Dr. Patrick Obasi. At Noble Cosmetic Surgery, a chemical peel is one way to achieve brighter skin and beautify your complexion quickly. Call or click to book a skincare consultation with Dr. Obasi.
Chemical Peels Q & A
What is a chemical peel?
A chemical peel uses a solution of one or more chemicals (which are usually naturally occurring) to help dissolve the surface layers of skin and reveal a fresher complexion.
Dr. Obasi uses several different peels in his office. He’ll perform a comprehensive skincare analysis with you to determine which type of peel works best for your face:
This is sometimes called a “lunchtime peel,” because you can return to work or other activities right after the treatment. Dr. Obasi uses a mild alpha-hydroxy acid to gently exfoliate the outer layer of skin. This type of peel addresses rough texture and minor discoloration on the face, neck, décolletage, or hands. Afterwards, your skin may be pink and flaky, but exfoliation occurs quickly.
This peel uses glycolic or trichloroacetic acid to penetrate outer and middle skin layers, eliminating damaged cells. Medium peels are good for age spots, freckles, fine lines and wrinkles, rough skin, and actinic keratosis (a precancerous skin condition). Expect some stinging, redness, and swelling. Crusting and peeling take place within two weeks.
As a more aggressive treatment, this peel uses trichloroacetic acid or phenols to remedy moderately deep lines, significant pigmentation irregularities, or shallow scars. Healing takes about three weeks, and you must avoid sun exposure and smoking after the treatment.
What are the benefits of a chemical peel?
Chemical peels are safe and effective for most patients. While they don’t produce results as dramatic as laser treatments, they can address a range of skin problems, such as:
- Acne scars
- Superficial scars
- Crow’s feet
- Sun damage
- Sagging skin
- Rough texture
- Uneven skin tone
A series of mild or medium peels can get your skin into a beautiful condition. With periodic treatments, your complexion can stay youthful and radiant year-round.
How long do results last?
Depending on the type of chemical peel, the length of your results will vary. Light peels can give you fresh-looking skin for several weeks, while a deep peel can dramatically change your complexion for years. Dr. Obasi might recommend a maintenance plan of peels once you achieve your desired results.