About Chemical Peels
At Advanced Dermatology, we are here to set the record straight on chemical peels. If you have ever used a product at home containing a chemical exfoliant, like glycolic acid or retinol — then you have applied a peel. There are several types of chemical peels available both in our offices and over-the-counter, but they all work in the same way. Essentially, the exfoliating ingredients in any chemical peel work to breakdown and remove the top layer of dead skin cells. The peels that our practitioners administer are all medical-grade skin care products that will give you amazing results under the guidance of a licensed practitioner.
The result of this type of skin rejuvenation permits a fresh, new dermal layer to surface. Other benefits of peels include minimizing the appearance of your pores, reducing fine lines, and balancing out your skin tone. If you would like to inquire about a chemical peel at any of our Advanced Dermatology locations in the Greater Houston, TX area (Katy, League City, Pearland, or Sugar Land, TX), please call or fill out a request form.
Our Chemical Peel
- SkinMedica peels: Illuminize, Vitalize, or Rejuvenize
- SkinCeuticals peels: MicroPeel Sensitive, MicroPeel 20, MicroPeel Plus 20, MicroPeel 30, MicroPeel Plus 30, or the Advanced Corrective Peel
- Other medical-grade chemical peels: Trichloroacetic (TCA), glycolic, or Jessner peels
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Chemical peels are ideal for patients who do not have active acne and are ready to address any scarring and post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. Once the acne is under control, we can come up with a customized plan to address the specific needs and create some skin care goals. Men and women alike can benefit from a chemical peel as they are used to treat several skin conditions, including acne, sun spots, melasma, sun damage, fine lines/wrinkles, acne scars, and large pores. We can suggest different levels of chemical peels for smoother skin texture, better skin tone, and fewer acne breakouts in the future. Soliciting the guidance of a medical professional is the first step in the journey to smooth, healthy skin.
Once you have had a skin assessment with one of our Advanced Dermatology practitioners, then we can create a clinical treatment plan for longer-lasting results. First, we will educate you on how to care for your skin at home in the morning and at night so that your chemical peel will be worth your investment. Your actual chemical peel will be selected based on your skin color, tone, texture, and aesthetic concerns. We typically recommend a series of peels for optimal results. On the day of your peel at Advanced Dermatology, we will have you lie down in a relaxed position. We will make sure your skin is cleansed before applying the customized solution to your face and/or neck. The select solution will be brushed onto your face to set for a specific amount of time, which will be discussed in your treatment planning session. Then, we will wash the solution off your face and apply a neutralizing agent. The power of a peel is dependent upon several factors, including the chemical agent used, its concentration, and the application technique. Over the course of several weeks, a series of peels may be given.
What to Expect
You may want to bring a light sunscreen and a hat to wear outside after the treatment to avoid discomfort from sun exposure. Depending on the type of treatment you have, you can expect your skin to itch and peel from a few days to a couple of weeks. Our team will go over how to care for your skin after your appointment. Please keep in mind that no matter how much your skin itches during the healing process, it is never a good idea to pull the skin off. You could cause scarring. The downtime for an in-office peel varies between 5 – 7 days. Some patients may experience side effects ranging from slight flaking to a more noticeable sloughing of the skin.
The Right Peel for You is here
At Advanced Dermatology, we customize treatment plans for each patient, depending on their skin color, tone, texture, and concerns. If you are a regular chemical peel patient or new to this facial treatment, Advanced Dermatology will create a clear plan on how to get the results you want. Call to make an appointment at any of our four locations (Katy, League City, Pearland, or Sugar Land, TX) for a skin assessment today.
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