It’s an unfortunate reality that no one escapes the signs of aging, sun damage, and the effects of environmental toxins on the skin. Advancements in cosmetic rejuvenation have refined chemical peels so much in the last several years they’ve become a go-to treatment to reverse the appearance of aging and damage on the skin. Dr. Adam Stein specializes in chemical peels, including deep phenol peels which require special licensing to administer.

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How Does a Chemical Peel Work?

With a variety of blended formulas for specific skin concerns, chemical peels have become one of the most customizable skin rejuvenation treatments in the cosmetic enhancement industry. The active ingredients are acids—like trichloroacetic (TCA), salicylic, lactic, and others—which exfoliate the top layer of skin to the depth that’s best for the skin irregularities you’re trying to correct. These can be wrinkles, sun damage, age spots, hyperpigmentation, acne scarring, and textural and tone concerns. By removing dull or dead skin cells and other debris, your skin responds to the acids with a healing response designed to flake away the damage and reveal new, more youthful and supple skin underneath. It’s like giving your skin a breath of fresh air.

What Kind of Recovery Can I Expect?

The depth of your peel also dictates the length of your recovery period. For light and medium peels, you’ll experience flaking and peeling skin for 4-7 days after your procedure. For a deep peel, you can expect to be recuperating for up to 2 weeks, with significant peeling as well as some swelling and redness. You may also feel stinging, which ice packs and over-the-counter pain management (such as Advil or Motrin) can help minimize. For deep phenol peels, Dr. Stein may prescribe pain medication to help with your comfort during recovery.

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Am I a Good Candidate?

There are chemical peels for almost any skin type, even the most sensitive of patients. If you’re concerned about the creep of age and skin damage across your face, a chemical peel may be a good alternative to a surgical procedure like a facelift. In some cases, Dr. Stein may combine a chemical peel and laser skin resurfacing treatment to improve results. A consultation is a great way to learn which chemical peel treatments could be right for you.

What is the Procedure Like?

Chemical peels come in different strengths and depths, which does affect how your procedure is performed. For light and medium peels, a topical anesthetic begins your treatment and once it takes effect, the chemical peel is applied to your skin for a prescribed amount of time. Once the time is up, a neutralizer stops the acid’s effects and your skin is nourished with soothing serum. For patients who choose deeper or phenol peels, your procedure is performed in the accredited state-of-the-art surgical facility under heavy sedation. It’s an outpatient procedure, so you’ll recover in the comfort of your home.

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What Results Will I See?

The deeper the peel, the more noticeable your results are after a single treatment. Sometimes, sensitive patients opt for light peels in a series to accumulate the same results deeper peels achieve after a single treatment. Light to medium peels show improvement to your skin’s tone, texture, coloring, and wrinkles around the 2 week mark, while deep peels take around 2 months for results to peak. The treated areas will develop new skin to replace a dull and damaged complexion. Skin cells reset for a youthful, glowing, radiant appearance, shedding years off your age.

“I was referred to Dr Stine by an anesthetist and I’m so happy with the process and results. Dr. Stine was so responsive and supportive post op answering if this or that was normal. I feel the results are natural and becoming.” *

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Take the Next Step

Ready to learn more about chemical peels? Schedule a consultation with Dr. Stein at Stein Plastic Surgery based in Raleigh, NC today! Simply fill out the form on this page or give us a call at (919) 261-7099. 

*Individual results may vary.