Chemical Peels

Have you thought about getting a chemical peel to address a certain skin issue? Whether it’s age spots, wrinkles and fine lines, uneven skin tone, melasma, or troublesome acne, a chemical peel may help. 

 

Learn more about this type of cosmetic treatment, including the benefits of chemical peels, how they work, the various skin concerns they can help treat, and the type of chemical peels we offer at Brentwood Dermatology.

What is a Chemical Peel?

 

Chemical peels are a skin resurfacing cosmetic procedure in which a chemical solution is applied to the skin, which causes the outermost dermal layer to blister and peel off. This process deeply exfoliates and rejuvenates the skin, revealing a softer, smoother, and more youthful appearance. 

 

Chemical peels are available in 3 strengths: light, medium, and deep. This describes how deep a chemical peel penetrates the layers of the skin.

Chemical Peel FAQs

 

We know chemical peels can sometimes sound scary! So to help you get a better understanding of this effective cosmetic treatment, we’ve put together our expert answers to frequently asked questions regarding chemical peels below.

What skin conditions do chemical peels treat?

Dealing with a troublesome skin condition? There are several that chemical peels can help address, such as: 

 

  • Recurring acne and acne scars
  • Uneven skin tone and texture
  • Fine lines and mild wrinkles
  • Mild forms of hyperpigmentation (melasma, sunspots, freckles)
  • Dull, dreary skin
  • Minor scarring

 

To learn more about whether or not a chemical peel can help address a specific skin issue you may have, please get in touch with our dermatologists.

Are chemical peels painful?

In some cases, chemical peels may cause a slight burning or stinging sensation during and after the procedure. However, we try to alleviate any discomfort by using cool compresses to soothe the skin. For deeper chemical peels, we may administer pain medication before and after the procedure to minimize pain.

What are the side effects of a chemical peel?

Aside from glowing, rejuvenated skin that is softer and smoother? Chemical peels side effects may include redness, swelling, changes in skin tone, hypersensitivity, more prone to sunburn (photosensitive), skin cracking, tightness, and peeling. 

How does a chemical peel work?

The benefits and exceptional results of chemical peels are achieved through the controlled removal of certain layers of the epidermis (the outermost layer of skin) or the dermis (the thicker, deeper layer of skin underneath the epidermis). As the skin heals, the newer skin has a rejuvenated, more youthful appearance. 

How long does a chemical peel last?

Following a chemical peel, the skin should stop peeling and begin to feel normal again after about 3-7 days. Chemical peels work slowly, and most patients need three to six peels at monthly intervals for optimal results. Furthermore, it’s important to know that results are not permanent and will fade as the skin naturally ages.

What are the long-term effects of a chemical peel?

The most common long-term effects of a chemical peel include: 

 

  • Improvement of the skin’s color, clarity, tone and texture.
  • Stimulation of collagen production for a more radiant complexion. 
  • Reducing the look of scars. 
  • Improving the appearance of uneven pigmentation, such as melasma. 
  • Smoothing out fine lines and wrinkles. 
  • Improving the effectiveness of additional skincare products, such as retinoids and serums. 

 

To discover the long-term benefits of receiving a chemical peel for yourself, book a treatment with our experienced dermatologist today at Brentwood Dermatology.

Will I need multiple chemical peels to address my skin concerns?

In most cases, yes, multiple sessions are needed to achieve optimal results. Especially if addressing particularly severe skin concerns, such as melasma or acne scars. 

Is a chemical peel better than microdermabrasion?

This depends on your unique skin goals. If your goal is to simply achieve a brighter complexion, smoother texture and more even skin tone, then microdermabrasion will get the job done. 

 

However, the main benefit to choosing a chemical peel over microdermabrasion is that chemical peels go deeper into the epidermis to help with abdominal pigmentation, scarring, wrinkles, and age spots.

What types of chemical peels do we offer at Brentwood Dermatology?

At Brentwood Dermatology, our providers offer 5 different chemical peels: 

 

  • Tretinoin Peel
  • ZO 3-Step Peel 
  • Melanage Peel 
  • Salicylic Acid Peel
  • TCA Peel

 

If you’re interested in learning more about the chemical peels we offer and which would be best for your specific skin goals, please get in touch with our office today!

Chemical Peel Photos

 

Curious to see how a chemical peel can help you address your skin concerns? Take a look at our chemical peel photos below, including before and after visuals with real patient results.

Rejuvenate Your Skin w/ a Chemical Peel at Brentwood Dermatology near Nashville

 

Ready to revitalize and rejuvenate your skin with a chemical peel? Or address a skin condition, such as melasma or minor acne scars? Our board-certified dermatologists at Brentwood Dermatology are ready to help you refresh your skin! Request an appointment online or call us at 615-377-3448 to schedule one at our state-of-the-art facility today.