Chemical Peel in Atlanta, GA
Chemical peels are common skin treatments used to even skin texture and tone in Atlanta, GA. They can be performed during or after facial plastic surgery to address the skin’s surface and texture. Additionally, chemical peels can also be performed as a non-surgical cosmetic treatment for patients wishing to revitalize their facial skin with minimal downtime. Chemical peels are composed of safe chemical solutions that serve as active ingredients to promote exfoliation and increase collagen production. Chemical peels address many skin conditions including acne, hyperpigmentation, fine lines and wrinkles, rough or scaly patches of skin, and scars by chemically inducing exfoliation to reveal healthy, undamaged skin and enhance new skin cell production.
While there are many different types of chemical peels, Dr. Burstein prefers using trichloroacetic acid (TCA) peels because they are relatively mild, unlikely to negatively affect pigmentation, and allows a faster recovery than most other peels. Depending on each patient’s unique skincare goals and skin condition, different TCA peel strengths are available to address each patient’s needs. Patients can receive 15% TCA chemical peels in-office to address minor signs of aging or skin imperfections. For patients with severe skin conditions or to maximize facial plastic surgery results, 30% TCA peels are performed in the operating room during or after a surgical procedure such as a facelift or brow lift.
Chemical Peel FAQ
Q.) How long is recovery for a chemical peel?
Depending on the strength of your peel, there is minimal downtime required. With a 15% TCA peel, patients can expect about a week of downtime. A 30% TCA peel requires at least two weeks. However, if you receive a chemical peel during surgery, your downtime will be dependent on your procedure.
Q.) What can I expect after a chemical peel?
Some patients may experience minor to moderate swelling and/or a red flush. However, patients who receive a 30% TCA peel will require more downtime as deeper layers of the skin heal. It is important to avoid direct sunlight and to keep treated areas moisturized and protected. After recovery, patients will benefit from clearer, even skin tone and reduced skin conditions.
Q.) How many treatments should I have?
For patients who choose a stronger peel, most do not require additional treatments as a 30% TCA peel fully exfoliates deeper layers of skin and rejuvenates the face. Patients may choose additional lighter peels to gradually address areas of concern. Since chemical peels do not stop the aging process or prevent future photo damage, patients can have additional peel treatments to address other areas of concern that develop.