A chemical peel is one of the most common cosmetic procedures for enhancing the overall appearance of the skin surface. It aims to promote better skin by creating a smoother texture and reducing discoloration through accelerated exfoliation.
A chemical peel involves the application of different kinds of solutions with varying strengths directly on the skin. This will treat the outer layers of the dermis and trigger excessive peeling that will eventually reveal a fresh new layer of skin.
Patients who undergo chemical peels can expect rejuvenated skin that appears smoother, clearer, and brighter, with improved uniformity in tone and texture.
Reasons to undergo this procedure
Chemical peels are ideal for reducing or eliminating skin imperfections such as wrinkles, acne scars, and other surface irregularities. It is a minimally invasive solution for achieving beautiful, renewed skin with improved tone, color, and texture.
This treatment is recommended for patients who have perpetually bad skin due to their genes, as well as those with skin deterioration caused by certain lifestyle habits, excessive sun exposure, or aging.
Chemical peels help address the following:
- Uneven skin tone and pigmentation
- Rough skin
- Acne scars
- Discolored surface scars
- Mild wrinkles and fine lines
- Pre-cancerous growths
To ensure the success of your initial consultation, Dr. Sedgh will take the time to get to know you, your skin concerns, medical history, and your motivations for undergoing the procedure. This will allow him to formulate a fully tailored chemical peel treatment for your specific skin type and desired outcome.
You can also expect the following during your pre-op appointment:
- Interview on medical history and relevant lifestyle habits
- Physical examination and evaluation of your face and skin
- Explanation of the procedure
- Discussion on the best approach to use for your specific skin concerns
Dr. Sedgh offers the option of conducting initial consultations remotely, which can be highly convenient for international or out-of-town patients. For those who will need to travel to undergo the procedure, concierge services are also available should you need assistance in planning and arranging your trip.
Chemical Peel Procedure
Chemical peel procedures vary based on the patient’s skin condition and specific skin concerns. There are three main types of chemical peels:
This type of chemical peel is capable of delivering more dramatic results due to the strength of the solution. It involves the use of phenol acid, which is a more aggressive formulation that has the ability to penetrate even deeper into the skin. As the strongest kind of chemical peel, the procedure usually takes much longer and the patient may need to be sedated as the solution is being applied. It is ideal for sun and age spots, wrinkles, shallow scars, and even pre-cancerous growths.
Depending on your skin condition and the effect of the chemical peel, it may be necessary to undergo additional treatments to achieve more desirable results.
Typically, a medium peel involves the use of lower concentrations of trichloroacetic acid (TCA) in combination with another compound (such as Jessner’s solution or glycolic acid) for the treatment of surface wrinkles, external blemishes, and skin pigmentation issues. It is currently the preferred choice for patients with darker skin.
Since this peel targets the deeper layers of the skin, the patient may experience a stinging sensation on the areas where it was applied. Before applying the solution to the skin, Dr. Sedgh may apply a topical anesthetic to numb the area and lessen the patient’s discomfort.
Superficial - Light Peel
This chemical peel uses alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs) or glycolic acid in lower concentrations to target the surface layer of the skin and induce gentle exfoliation. It is the most commonly requested chemical peel as it offers near-immediate results and are usually performed as an outpatient procedure for the treatment of minor skin problems such as dryness, minor wrinkling, uneven skin tone, and hyperpigmentation from acne blemishes and scars.
As with most cosmetic skin treatments, a chemical peel is an outpatient procedure with minimal downtime. After the procedure, patients will be required to follow strict aftercare measures, such as avoiding sun exposure, wearing sunscreen, and taking prescribed pain relievers to alleviate any discomfort after the procedure.
Common side effects include redness, swelling, stinging sensations, and crusting, which may occur during the first few days after the procedure.
Patients who undergo light chemical peels will usually be able to return to their normal day-to-day activities on the same day. However, it will typically take 3-7 days for medium chemical peels (two weeks until full recovery) and 7-10 days for deep chemical peels (at least one month until full recovery).
Dr. Sedgh will personally monitor and evaluate your skin’s healing progress for the next few weeks or months. Expect regularly scheduled follow-up appointments throughout your recovery period.
Comfort & Transparency From Start To Finish
When under the care of Dr. Sedgh, you will feel comfortable, cared for, and you will understand every aspect of your upcoming treatment, whether surgical or non-surgical. His approach to facial enhancement is to achieve a refreshed, natural look – with transparency, honesty, and the highest level of ethical treatment, from start to finish.