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Chemical Peel

Chemical Peel - Skin Rejuvenation in Northern Virginia*

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Northern Virginia plastic surgeon, Dr. Timothy Mountcastle, provides chemical peels as a nonsurgical, less invasive way to improve the appearance of skin. Derma peeling or skin resurfacing, is a treatment that applies a chemical solution to the top layer of the skin to strip away damaged or dead skin cells. Once the treated layer is shed, only rejuvenated skin is left behind. Chemical peels can be used on the face or neck to reduce wrinkles, blemish scarring, uneven skin tone, sun spots, freckles, hyper pigmentation and rough or scaly patches. We offer this treatment at any of our Mountcastle Plastic Surgery & Vein Institute offices.

Types of Chemical Peels

Medium Depth Peels

A medium depth peel consists of Trichloroacetic acid (known as a TCA peel). It penetrates the skin more deeply than the superficial peel, with stronger effects. The trade-off, however, is a less comfortable procedure with a longer recovery time. This procedure also costs more than a superficial peel. Recovery can take a full week or longer. 

Deep Peel

A deep peel is the most corrective of all chemical peels, and has the longest recovery of one to two weeks, on average.. However this peel, containing Phenol, does have a much stronger effect and can combat more persistent problems such as skin lesions, sun damage, and deeper lines and wrinkles.  Although deeper peels show the most dramatic improvement, a series of 3-6 peels is still recommended if correction is desired over routine maintenance. 

During/After Surgery

The process for applying a chemical peel is generally the same for each type, but will vary slightly depending on the level of solution being applied. Anesthesia is not used during this procedure. However, it may be considered for Phenol peels. First, the face is thoroughly cleaned. Then, the chemical agent is then brushed on to the skin. Patients will experience some mild stinging at this time. The face is then washed and a cool saline compress is applied to act as a neutralizer. Patients will need to wear sunscreen and limit sun exposure as much as possible.

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Chemical Peel FAQs

Does a Chemical Peel Hurt?

A chemical peel does not hurt. However, it may cause some discomfort. Most patients will feel tingling and a slight burning sensation, which will subside shortly after the procedure has been completed. Phenol peels result in a greater degree of discomfort, but the practitioner should plan for this before the procedure begins.

Combining Procedures?

It is very common to combine a chemical peel with another procedure. Microdermabrasion is one such procedure that provide effective results when combined with a peel. This will be considered a combination program that can be repeated every six weeks.

How to Choose?

There are many alternatives to consider. Individuals looking to reduce fine lines, blotchiness and other mild skin conditions may benefit from a chemical peel, which removes dead skin cells and accelerates the generation of new skin. If deep wrinkles are the issue, a Phenol peel may help, but patients may also want to consider another treatment such as BOTOX or Dysport.

* All information subject to change. All gallery images contain real patients and are the property of Mountcastle Plastic Surgery & Vein Institute. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.