If you don’t want surgery, but want to refresh your appearance, boost your skin’s health, and your self-confidence – consider a chemical peel. Chemical peels are used to treat wrinkles, skin discoloration, and scars by improving skin color, tone, and texture.
The type of peel you need is determined by the issues you want to address and your desired results. This also determines how frequently you should get treatment. Each type of chemical peel – light, medium, or deep – uses a different chemical solution. The chemicals used range in strength for each type of peel and include; alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA), beta-hydroxy acid (BHA), Jessner’s solution, retinoic acid, trichloroacetic acid, and phenol.
Light peels only penetrate the outermost layer of the skin using mild acids like alpha-hydroxy or salicylic acid, which gently exfoliate. Light chemical peels require little to no downtime and can take one to seven days to heal.
Medium peels are more effective for removing damaged skin by reaching the middle and outer layers of skin. Trichloroacetic or glycolic acid is mostly used for medium peels. Recovery can take five to seven days, though redness may persist for months.
Deep peels fully penetrate the deepest layer of the skin to address more serious skin imperfections and use carbolic (phenol) or trichloroacetic acid. Deep chemical peels can require two to three weeks of recovery time while new skin grows.
Dr. Stein has trained with experts and specializes in phenol peels to improve uneven pigmentation and treat coarse wrinkles. Phenol peels penetrate the skin deeper than other acids for the most dramatic results. Because it uses carbolic acid to treat the skin, this is not suitable for treating only select areas – it must be used on the entire face.
Am I A Good Candidate for Phenol Peels?
Fair-skinned and light-haired patients are generally better candidates for phenol peels. The bleaching effect of phenol makes these deeper peels less than ideal for dark-skinned patients. Patients are encouraged to consult with Dr. Stein to determine the most appropriate treatment option.
Dr. Stein and his staff are true professionals and so kind. They make you feel comfortable and they never pass judgement. Dr. Stein is amazing- he really looks at your facial features and knows what looks most natural and flattering for your face. He is a true talent and very knowledgeable. I am so happy with my results and I wish I saw him sooner. I had the greatest experience. I highly recommend him. He and his staff are true gems in the heart of Raleigh! He gave me something that is so priceless: confidence.
Ready to learn more about looking years-younger with a Chemical Peel? 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.