Chemical Peel at Atlanta Plastic Surgery, P.C.
Performed at our Atlanta and Cumming, GA office locations.
Candidates include men and women who have wrinkled blemished, unevenly pigmented, or sun-damaged facial skin.
There are two types of chemical solutions used in peels: phenol and TCA. During the procedure, the plastic surgeon will apply the chemical solution on the areas of your face. There is no need for dressing after the procedure. Your surgeon will explain their different techniques and suggest the best one for you.
We also offer non-surgical alternatives through our line of quality cosmetics and skin care products. Our product lines include a number of anti-aging, wrinkle-eliminating skin corrections.
How long does recovery after a chemical peel usually take?
Every patient is different and individual healing times can vary significantly, however in most cases only minimal downtime is required. After a medium strength chemical peel, like a 15% trichloroacetic acid (TCA) peel, the new layer of skin should appear three to seven days after the treatment, and the skin will usually be fully healed after about two weeks. However, stronger treatments, like a phenol or a 30% TCA peel, generally require a longer period of time before the face is fully healed.
What can I expect to experience after a chemical peel?
Patients generally only experience a mild stinging sensation during light to moderate peels, and mild sedation or topical pain relievers can be used during deeper procedures. After the procedure, some patients may experience minor to moderate swelling and/or a reddish flush, as well as some localized itching, while patients who receive deeper peels may experience more discomfort as deeper layers of the skin heal. While recovering, it is important to avoid direct sunlight and to keep treated areas moisturized and protected with sunscreen. After recovery, patients will benefit from clearer, even skin tone and reduced skin conditions.
How many chemical peel treatments will I need?
Patients who choose a stronger peel will generally not require additional treatments, as they fully exfoliate deeper layers of skin in order to rejuvenate the face. Multiple applications of lighter peels may also be used to gradually address areas of concern. Chemical peels do not stop the aging process or prevent new skin damage from occurring, so patients may also have additional peel treatments to address other areas of concern as they develop.