What Is a Chemical Peel?
Chemical peels are topically applied acids that help rejuvenate the skin surface. They create an even and controlled shedding of several layers of skin cells. This allows new layers to be exposed and creates a fresh appearance to the skin surface. In addition, new cells and collagen are stimulated, creating a more even tone.
A peeling agent is placed on the skin surface, creating a superficial type wound. The depth of the peel is dependent on the concentration and type of acid, the duration of contact, and a person s skin type and sensitivity. We perform superficial and medium depth peels, extending from the superficial epidermis to the top layer of the dermis (papillary).
We use Glycolic and/or trichloroacetic acid. These can also be combined or used with other agents to increase the depth of peel. A variety of other chemicals, such as phenol, can also be used for deeper peels, and may be quite helpful, but because of a higher risk of scarring, we do not use these.