Even out blotchy pigmentation from your skin at any of our Tennessee locations
Chemical peels are used on the face for a variety of reasons—to even out blotchy pigmentation, fill in deep or surface wrinkles, or remove blemishes and uneven texture. They can also be used to remove precancerous growths and fight acne problems. In this procedure, a chemical solution is applied to the face to slough off the dead surface layers of the epidermis. The result is a fresh, more youthful overall appearance, though the immediacy and duration of the condition depends on the type of peel used.
The lightest peels are made from alpha hydroxy acids (AHA) and are used to remove fine wrinkles. With AHA peels, no anesthesia is needed, and the entire procedure is quick and easy. No recovery time is needed, and you can immediately resume your normal daily routine. Mild side effects may include temporary redness and flakiness, but these are normal and should disappear within a few days. However, follow-up treatments are often needed to enhance and then maintain the effectiveness of the peel.
Trichloroacetic Acid Peels
Trichloroacetic acid (TCA) peels are stronger than AHA peels, sometimes requiring pretreatment with an AHA peel. TCA peels are often used on patients with darker complexions. Generally, treatment only takes 10 to 15 minutes, and afterward, you may need a few days to recover. As with AHA peels, follow-up treatments may be required to reach a satisfactory appearance. There is a risk of altered facial pigmentation.