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Chemical Peels

Dr. Brooke R. Seckel

Chemical Peels in Boston

What is a Chemical Peel?

A chemical peel that is done by a medical aesthetician in a medical spa under physician supervision is a light or superficial chemical peel that exfoliates the facial skin and stimulates new collagen production in the skin to remove aging changes. Superficial, gentle, or mild facial chemical peels use dilute glycolic acid, lactic acid, or salicylic acid, to produce a superficial chemical skin peel for exfoliation and collagen stimulation but require little recovery time and minimal risk of side effects.

How is a chemical peel done?

A mild dilute chemical peel solution is applied to the facial skin. Sometimes dermaplaning or mechanical exfoliation is done prior to the application of the chemical peel solution. The peel solution is left on the face to allow it to work and during this time you may feel tingling of the facial skin. Once the chemical peel solution has had a chance to work it is neutralized and the face cleansed and washed.

What are the benefits of chemical peels?

The benefits of light or superficial chemical peels are:

  • Deep exfoliation or peeling of old dry aged skin
  • Stimulation of new collagen production to rejuvenate the skin and remove wrinkles and fine lines
  • Remove pigment, sun spots and age spots
  • Mild skin tightening
  • Smoother skin
  • Younger looking, fresh and glowing skin

Is face skin peeling safe?

Superficial or light glycolic acid, lactic acid or salicylic acid peels done in a medical spa by medical aesthetician under physician supervision should be safe procedures. Deep phenol, TCA or trichloroacetic acid peels are serious surgical procedures that should only be done by a physician and never done by a medical aesthetician in a medical spa environment.

Who should do my face chemical peel?

Superficial or light glycolic acid, lactic acid or salicylic acid face peels can be done by a trained nurse, PA or medical aesthetician in a medical spa which is supervised by a physician. Deep phenol or TCA should only be done by a physician in a proper surgical environment.

How will I look after a chemical peel?

Your face may be pink after a superficial lactic acid, glycolic acid, or salicylic acid peel. Over the next 24-48 hours you may notice some peeling or flaking of dry, aged damaged skin. You should be able to apply makeup right after most superficial chemical peels.

How long is recovery after a chemical peel?

Recovery from a superficial face chemical peel is usually not significant and consists of pink skin color immediately after the peel and possibly some dry flaking skin over the next 2-3 days.

When will I see the final result of my chemical face peel?

You will see improvement in your facial skin in a few days but the benefits of new skin formation and new collagen formation take time to occur. New collagen production does not start for 6 weeks. Therefore the benefits of your chemical peel will continue and the full benefits are seen at 3-6 months.

Biomedic Micropeel®

The Micropeel® is a safe light glycolic or lactic acid skin peel that exfoliates the skin and stimulates new collagen production for skin rejuvenation. Prior to your Micropeel® you should discontinue Retin A® or Retinoic acid and avoid tanning or sun exposure 10 days before and after treatment. The 3 steps are:

  • Manual exfoliation or dermaplaning and extraction to remove dead skin and unclog pores
  • A safe light glycolic acid or lactic acid chemical peel
  • Skin cooling with cryogenic CO2 to cool and sooth the skin

Probiotic Youthboost® Peel

This newest gentle chemical peel made by Mybody® utilizes probiotic derived bioactives (PDBs) that stimulate skin rejuvenation and new collagen synthesis. Please call us at 617-455-2859 to learn more.

Obagi® Blue Peel

The Obagi® Blue Peel is a diluted 15% TCA or trichloroacetic acid peel used to remove wrinkles and sun spots. The peel solution is blue to assure even application. One to 4 layers may be applied. There is a slight tingling sensation that is cooled with a fan and no anesthesia is required. Your skin will peel after 2-3 days and new, smoother skin will appear. Sun avoidance before and after is very important as is stopping RetinA® and sun exposure two weeks before.

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If you are looking for a non-surgical cosmetic treatment that can rejuvenate your appearance, chemical peels may be for you. Boston patients trust Dr. Brooke Seckel to provide safe, effective treatments for beautiful, natural-looking results. Contact our practice to schedule a consultation today.

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Boston Plastic Surgeon Dr. Brooke R. Seckel
  • 35 Years Experience
  • Assistant Professor of Surgery Harvard Medical School
  • Chairman Emeritus Lahey Clinic Department of Plastic Surgery
  • Best Doctors in America 2012-2017
  • Top Surgeons in America 2012-2018
  • Realself Top 100 2017-2018
  • Top Plastic Surgeon in Boston

  • American Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • American Society For Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
  • American College of Surgeons
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