A chemical peel is a skin resurfacing procedure used to decrease facial wrinkles and dyschromia (brown spots) while improving skin texture and overall quality. By painting certain “chemicals” on the skin of the face or other areas, the damaged surface layers of the skin are removed and the underlying collagen is stimulated. Over a few days the body heals a new, refreshed, undamaged layer of surface skin over the now tighter collagen layer of deeper skin thus revitalizing the appearance of the skin. Various chemicals are available, but the most common one used at The Plastic Surgery Center is TCA, or trichloroacetic acid. The short procedure does not require any anesthesia, but there are a few days of recovery time to heal the new skin.
- Helpful with improving and smoothing the texture of the skin.
- Removes superficial blemishes such as brown spots caused by sun damage.
- Requires no anesthesia.
- Often referred to as “lunchtime” peel.