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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 dermo-cosmetic procedure that consists of promoting accelerated skin regeneration. The peeling action causes the elimination of the surface of the outer layers of skin with the objective of stimulating collagen and elastin to enhance the physiological and mechanical characteristics of the dermis and epidermis.

Depending on the active ingredients and strength of the chemical peel, recovery time is often minimal and there is a low risk of side effects. Active ingredients in chemical peels can include dilute glycolic acid, lactic acid, or salicylic acid. These peels act to exfoliate the skin superficially, while stimulating collagen production.

What are the benefits of chemical peels?

The benefits of light or superficial chemical peels are:

  • Deep Exfoliation
  • Stimulation of new collagen and elastin production which softens fine line
  • Lighten post-inflammatory pigmentation – dark spots caused by sun damage and aging.
  • Reduction in pore size
  • Smoothing of acne scars
  • Improves all types of acne and rosacea
  • Mild skin tightening
  • Younger looking, glowing skin

Is face skin peeling safe?

When performed by a medical aesthetician under the supervision of a physician, superficial or light chemical peels such as glycolic acid, lactic acid or salicylic acid should be safe procedures. Deep phenol, trichloroacetic acid (TCA) 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 facial 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 performed 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 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 results are seen at 3-6 months.

Mesoestetic® Professional Mesopeel® Skin Peels

  • Azelan Peel (Salicylic acid 20% and Azelaic acid 20%): Specifically formulated to address all the signs and symptoms of acne
  • Piruvex Peel (Pyruvic acid 40% and Lactic acid 10%): Indicated to treat advanced photoaging, deep wrinkles and sagging skin
  • Modified Jessner Peel (Salicylic acid 14%, Lactic acid 14% and Citric acid 8%): Used to treat mild to moderate photoaging, loss of firmness and dull skin
  • Melanostop Peel (Azelaic acid 20%, Resorcinol 10%, Phytic acid 6% and Tranexamic acid 3%): Indicated for the treatment of superficial and epidermal hyperpigmentation and irregular skin tone
  • Melanoplus Peel (TCA 20%, Kojic acid 4%, Ferulic acid 1% and Bexaretinyl complex): Recommended for the treatment of melasma, and post-inflammatory pigmentation. Suitable for use on the face, neck, décolletage, hands and areas of the body with pigmented lesions.

Schedule a Facial Peel Consultation

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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