Many of our Orlando patients choose chemical peels to help them look younger without invasive surgery, and enjoy excellent results from the procedure. This cosmetic treatment helps reinvigorate the skin by removing dead skin cells from the surface to reveal smoother, more vibrant skin.
What Is a Chemical Peel?
A chemical peel is a cosmetic treatment that makes the skin look smoother and more youthful. Experienced plastic surgeon, Dr. George Pope, applies the chemical solution on the skin to remove the surface layer of dead skin cells. The upper skin layer sheds in a controlled manner, and in its place a new layer of skin forms.
A chemical peel can be used to:
- Fade marks caused by scars
- Treat skin damaged by excessive sun exposure
- Remove wrinkles and get rid of sagging skin
- Remove and treat hyperpigmentation, age spots, melasma (dark patches)
- Get rid of crow’s feet
- Get smoother skin on the hands, neck, and face
Types of Chemical Peels
There are three main types of chemical peels:
- Superficial peel – The acid (mostly alpha hydroxy acid) is mild in nature, and it is applied to work only on the outermost skin layer. It is ideal for treating slightly rough skin and mild discoloration.
- Medium peel – The application of an acid (like trichloroacetic or glycolic acid) is for outer and middle layers of the skin. It is ideal for treating wrinkles, fine lines, and age spots.
- Deep peel – The application of an acid (phenol or trichloroacetic acid) is for the deeper layer of skin. It is ideal for those who need to treat badly damaged skin, excessive wrinkles, freckles, and scars. It is a very intense treatment and can only be done once.
Preparing for a Chemical Peel
There are some important steps to take before undergoing a chemical peel treatment.
- Always talk to a certified medical professional to learn more about the treatment and other effective options. Many of our patients are interested in the differences between chemical peels and microdermabrasion for creating lustrous, younger-looking skin.
- Do not try to use acids at home by yourself or through anyone not certified to perform chemical peel treatments. A chemical peel is a technical treatment that requires extreme caution and precision to achieve the desired results safely.
- Follow all the steps your doctor asks you to take before your treatment. You may be asked to stop taking some medications and to apply a medicated cream to the skin to prepare for treatment.
- Always tell your doctor about your expectations about the procedure. Based on the results you desire and the condition of your skin, the doctor can suggest the right chemical peel treatment for you.
After a chemical peel, you may need a week or two to heal depending on the extent of the treatment.
Contact Our Office
As a board-certified plastic surgeon with more than 20 years of experience, Dr. George Pope can help you achieve your desired look through safe and effective procedures that are customized to suit your individual needs. To learn more about the treatment and other nonsurgical procedures such as BOTOX® to create a more youthful appearance, contact our office online or call us at (407) 857-6261 to schedule an appointment today!