The way we look can impact how we feel. Frequently, due to sun exposure, aging, etc., men and women may see a decline in the quality of their skin. A surgical procedure may not be necessary, and a facial may not be able to accomplish your goals. However, with the help of a chemical peel, you can effectively counter skin imperfections and irregularities. This non-surgical, non-invasive treatment provides you with healthier, glowing skin.
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About Chemical Peels
A chemical peel is a chemical solution that is placed on the skin to remove damaged surface layers; it will also stimulate collagen regeneration. This non-surgical procedure can treat a wide range of skin issues because they are available in light or deep formulations. People young and old can benefit from treatment. Younger patients might undergo a light peel to reduce signs of acne, while mature patients can reduce fine lines, wrinkles and rough skin texture.
Chemical peels are used to treat a variety of surface skin conditions. The most common skin concerns that a chemical peel can treat are listed as follows:
- Rough skin texture
- Age spots
- Acne or acne scars
- Fine lines
- Uneven complexion
- Sun damage
- Blotchy skin and freckles
Once the solution has been applied to the targeted skin, the chemicals will cause a “blistering” effect and, throughout the healing process, layers of skin will effectively peel off. With the removal of the damaged skin layers, the treatment area will appear smoother and vibrant with an even complexion.
A chemical peel is a non-invasive treatment that can be used on multiple areas of the body. These areas include:
Dr. Bajaj is proud to offer a 30% TCA chemical peel for the treatment of aging or damaged skin. This peel allows her to treat the multitude of surface skin imperfections without the need for a surgical procedure.
Trichloroacetic acid, otherwise known as TCA, is a non-toxic chemical agent that is effective at exfoliating and renewing skin.
Trichloroacetic acid is a relative of vinegar, otherwise known as acetic acid, that has been used to perform chemical peels for over 20 years. Dr. Bajaj offers the 30% TCA peel specifically used for deep penetration which can provide dramatic improvement to your complexion after a single treatment. This peel, when applied, causes the top layers of skin to peel off, effectively removing the damaged surface skin and exposing new, healthy skin. The TCA chemical peel may not be suitable for darker skin tones due to the heightened risk of post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation.
Chemical Peels vs. Laser Treatments
The purpose of a chemical peel is to improve the texture of your skin by removing the damaged or dead layers of skin. There are skin resurfacing lasers that also treat damaged surface skin; however, this is done through specific radiofrequency or light therapies which ablate and heat deep tissue and stimulate collagen production. Chemical peels, on the other hand, work to improve skin concerns on the surface by causing the top layers of the epidermis to shed, exposing the newer and healthier skin.
One condition chemical peels treat that laser resurfacing does not is acne. Patients with severe cases of acne may not qualify as candidates for laser resurfacing. Deep penetrating peels work well to treat moderate to severe acne and help prevent further breakouts.
The ideal method of treating damaged skin will vary depending on your particular case and aesthetic goals; however, most skin conditions can be treated by Dr. Bajaj with her TCA chemical peels. During the initial consultation, she will determine if a chemical peel would be the right treatment for you.
Good candidates for chemical peels are men and women who would like to reduce signs of aging, diminish acne scarring, or correct skin concerns caused by sun exposure or other external factors. Patients that are interested in this non-invasive treatment should be in good health. If you have dark skin, a chemical peel may not be right for you, since it has the potential to change your pigmentation.
If you are looking to treat larger skin concerns such as deep wrinkles or skin laxity, a chemical peel may not be right for you.
These concerns, depending on their severity, may need to be treated in other ways such as dermal fillers or more extensive procedures such as a facelift. During the initial consultation, Dr. Bajaj will review all options with you. Other contraindications to undergoing a chemical peel may include wounded or sunburned areas on the skin being treated, currently pregnant or lactating women, history of radiation therapy to the skin being treated, and allergies to the components of the peel.
During the initial consultation, Dr. Bajaj will ask you about your skin concerns and the particular issues you wish to correct. Next, the doctor will review your medical history, any current health conditions, and routine medications that may conflict with this treatment to ensure your safety. After obtaining this information, Dr. Bajaj will perform an evaluation of your skin to determine if you are a good candidate to undergo a chemical peel. She may also put you on a skin care regimen prior to undergoing a chemical peel. If you are considering a chemical peel and would like to know more, please contact our office today and schedule your consultation. Please express interest in same day treatment when scheduling your consultation.
The time to perform a chemical peel typically takes 15-20 minutes. When you arrive at the office your skin will be cleansed and the chemical peel solution will then be applied evenly to the targeted area (the face, neck or chest). The solution will be left on to penetrate for a short time before it is removed. During this time, you may feel a heating or burning sensation of the skin. The doctor will talk to you and walk you through the treatment along the way to ensure you are comfortable throughout the entire application. Because it is a more concentrated solution, this particular peel does not need to be on the skin for very long to be effective. Once the treatment is complete, the skin will appear red and tender for a few hours. For some patients, a series of chemical peels are necessary to achieve satisfactory results.
Recovery After a Chemical Peel
Once the treatment has been completed, you are able to leave the office right away. The skin will appear red or pink following the treatment, which can last a few hours up to a couple days. The downtime for this procedure is 7-10 days, during which you may experience peeling around day 4 of the healing process. It is important to stay out of direct sunlight for the first few days after treatment and when outdoors, a minimum of SPF 30 should be applied. Frosting of the skin may occur during this time, leaving the skin whiter than normal. This is completely normal when using medium to deep chemical peels and will peel off without any harm to the new skin. If you have any other concerns that arise during this time, we encourage you to contact our office and speak with our knowledgeable staff.
The results of a chemical peel can be seen once the skin has fully dried, peeled off, and the treated area has healed. The post-treatment phase varies depending on the depth of your peel. After a light or medium chemical peel, your skin will begin to flake and peel for several days. Remember to wear sun protection during this time and follow the doctor’s instructions about skin care.
After a deep chemical peel, expect more redness and some scabbing. You will need to limit your activities for several days as the skin heals. Your skin will be very sensitive, so remember to apply ointment as directed and protect your skin from sun exposure. After treatment you will notice that your skin has improved in overall tone and texture, creating an even complexion. In order to maintain the results, you should repeat treatment every 3-6 months.Through the use of chemical peels, you can help continuously rejuvenate your skin.
The cost of a TCA chemical peel will vary based on the particular area being treated and the severity of the skin conditions being addressed. During the initial consultation, the doctor will analyze your particular case and provide you with a custom quote based on your treatment plan.
Skin Care Products We Offer
ZO Skin Health
Bajaj Plastic Surgery is proud to offer ZO skin care products. These products were created by expert dermatologist Dr. Zein Obaji using advanced science. Our patients that use ZO products are very pleased with the improvements they see in their skin. ZO skin care products are often incorporated into skin care regimens after treatments like chemical peels. Dr. Bajaj is more than happy to recommend certain products that will improve your particular skin and help you attain your aesthetic goals.
ZO Medical 3-Step Peel
We, at Bajaj Plastic Surgery, also offer the ZO 3-Step Peel which is a medium depth peel. This peel is a stimulating and exfoliating peel that can treat acne, hyperpigmentation, melasma, sun damage, fine lines, rough texture, and large pores. This peel can also be repeated monthly or as needed, and has slightly less downtime than the more aggressive 30% TCA peel. If you would like more information about the ZO 3-Step Peel, please call our office today!