Chemical Peels Nashville
Chemical peels are a process in which a chemical solution is applied to the face to remove dead skin cells and stimulate the production of new skin cells. The chemical solution is applied to the face to dissolve the built up skin cells of the epidermis. The result is a fresh, more youthful overall appearance, though the specific outcome will depend on the type of peel. There are varying types and strengths of peels, depending on the needs of your skin and concerns you desire to address.
Chemical peels are utilized for a variety of reasons — even out discoloration, minimize fine lines and wrinkles or diminish blemishes and uneven texture. We offer superficial/light peels such as Glycolic, Salicylic and Lactic Acid peels, as well as “event” peels for extra radiance prior to an important occasion.
Mild side effects may include temporary redness and peeling; these are normal and should resolve within 2-10 days depending on the treatment. Multiple treatments are often recommended to enhance and then maintain the effectiveness of the peel.
The Skin Benefit Reverse Peel is a highly effective, moderately aggressive peel that targets sun damage, discoloration, freckles/brown spots and melasma. This peel has at-home skin care products to use immediately after and for the next few weeks following the peel. These products will continue targeting the brown pigment at home and enhancing results. Peeling downtime is typically 5-7 days. Suitable for all skin types.
The ZO Stimulator Peel uses a blend of alpha and beta hydroxy acids to gently exfoliate and stimulate skin cell turnover. Over time this treatment will reduce fine lines, improve skin tone and texture, providing smoother skin, while reducing clogged pores. There is no peeling with this peel. Suitable for all skin types.
As a true “red carpet peel,” the SkinMedica Illuminize Peel will provide vibrant and radiant looking skin with no peeling downtime. Suitable for all skin types.
The SkinMedica Vitalize Peel is a great place to start if you are looking at trying a traditional chemical peel. This treatment helps fight the effects of time and environmental assaults. It uses a unique blend of exfoliants and peeling agents (alpha-hydroxy acids, beta-hydroxy acids, resorcinol and retinoic acid (obtained by physician)) to address sun damage, fine lines, pigment, acne, clogged/large pores, uneven skin tone and texture. Peeling downtime is typically 2-5 days. Dramatic results are seen after a series of peels, however, results are predictable and noticeable after just one peel. Suitable for all skin types.
3-Step Chemical Peel
One of our most popular peels, the ZO 3-Step Peel is a moderately aggressive peel that uses a blend of exfoliants, retinol and multi-action agents that target melasma, acne/breakouts, fine lines, hyperpigmentation, rough texture, clogged/large pores and dullness. It includes an at-home treatment that produces longer-lasting results. Peeling downtime is typically 5 days. Suitable for all skin types.
TCA Cross uses a high concentration of trichloroacetic acid to greatly reduce the depth and size of icepick acne scars. While this treatment is suitable for all skin types, a consultation is necessary. Multiple treatments may be necessary to achieve the desired result.
Phenol peels are the deepest facial peels available and are used to treat more serious facial wrinkles or imperfections, often caused by sunlight and natural age. Results from these peels last much longer than other peels—sometimes as much as 20 years. The procedure requires no additional anesthesia, as the peel itself contains anesthetic properties, but even so, you may feel a slight stinging sensation as the peel is applied. An hour after application, Dr. Moore will brush a layer of petroleum jelly on the face to protect the peel; this should remain in place for a day or two, as directed. The entire process will take a couple of hours. If only a portion of the face is treated, the procedure will likely take less than half an hour.
After a phenol peel, the new outer layers of your face will be a deep pink, but this will evolve into a lighter, more normal complexion in about a week. Possible side effects include discomfort and puffiness. Because phenol peels have a bleaching effect, there is a possibility of uneven coloration in the skin. Those with darker skin coloring should not receive these peels. Additional risks include scarring and infection. Phenol peels should not be used on any other part of the body, and recovery time will last approximately a week or two, depending on each unique situation.
With all peels, it is important to use sun protection. With phenol peels, especially, it is imperative to shield skin from exposure to the sun. It is possible that individuals who receive deeper peels will no longer be able to tan. It is also important to keep in mind that chemical peels may not be effective for individuals with skin disorders. If you are considering a chemical peel, be sure to talk to Dr. Moore about any allergies or active skin issues you may have.