Chemical peels are used to enhance the skin’s natural exfoliation process. They improve the texture and appearance of your skin, giving it a youthful, healthy glow. A chemical peel may be used to reduce the appearance of freckles, age spots, acne, mild scarring, fine lines, and other skin concerns.
There are various strengths of peels: superficial, medium, and deep. Commonly used acids are glycolic acid, trichloroacetic acid, salicylic acid, and lactic acid. An aesthetician may administer low-strength acid peels, but the high-strength peels require a physician. It is essential to follow proper home care follow-up. After a chemical peel, over-exposure to the sun may cause severe sunburn – sunscreen is a must!
Television vs. truth: About that infamous episode of Sex and the City
You may be familiar with the episode when the character Samantha had an unfortunate experience with a chemical peel, leaving her severely red and irritated. That is a classic example of a “made for TV” mishap. In reality, that kind of reaction only occurs with a deep peel, in which case the patient is informed about recovery time and instructed to remain indoors until healing is complete.
Many individuals are frightened by words like “acid” and “chemical,” but the procedure is nothing to fear. It is true that chemicals are used, but it is necessary to remember that we use chemicals many times a day. Hydrogen peroxide, aspirin, and many common food additives are also “chemicals.” Most of our peels are formulated with gentle ingredients derived from nature. For example, lactic acid is a milk product, salicylic acid comes from wintergreen, and glycolic acid is a derivative of sugar cane.
Over-the-counter and do-it-yourself peels
Self-treatment will not yield the same results as a procedure performed by a medical professional, despite the fantastic claims made by many manufacturers. Due to safety concerns, commercially available products only contain a small percentage of the active ingredients used in a professional setting. The retail sale of professional strength products would be illegal.
Some chemical peels are mild and do not leave noticeable effects the next day. These gentle treatments, known as resurfacing, use mild acid for a beautifully fresh face with no peeling.
A glycolic peel is an excellent option for reducing fine lines, stimulating collagen production, and increasing moisture retention.
Medium depth treatments are known as peels. They are great for individuals with skin that allows for more aggressive treatment and those who do not object to some peeling for a couple of days to a week. Peeling treatments provide more dramatic results than resurfacing. Our Melanage Skin Lightening System improves the appearance and texture of hyperpigmentation- it is a superficial peel involving an at-home regimen and a medicated masque.
Who performs the treatment?
Dr. McConnell performs most chemical peels personally. For more information about chemical peels or to schedule an appointment, call DSA Dermatology at (972) 362-9567
At DSA Dermatology, we bring to you the best of not one but three leading dermatologists in Plano TX, Dr. Daniel S. Achtman, Dr. Carmine G. McConnell and Dr. Jordan. Achtman.
Dr. Achtman is a board-certified Dermatologist with over three decades of experience. Having graduated from the medical school of McMaster University, he also studied at the UTSW Medical Center in Dallas, TX where he also served as Chief Resident in the Department of Dermatology. In addition to possessing extensive training and experience in cosmetic enhancement techniques, Dr. Achtman is widely known as a leading expert in the diagnosis and treatment of various skin cancers. He is an active member of the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery. Dr. Achtman goes the extra mile to understand your medical concerns and to ensure that he helps you meet your unique aesthetic goals.
Dr. Carmine G. McConnell is a board-certified physician in Plano TX. Having been trained at McMaster University, Canada, she went on to earn her board certification in Texas. Having served as Chief of Staff of her department at Plano Medical Center, she has over two decades of experience in practicing medicine in her practice and while assisting Dr. Achtman in the practice of dermatology. In addition to her extensive postgraduate training in laser therapy and aesthetic surgery, among other procedures, she possesses vast experience in both cosmetic dermatological techniques and family medicine. As a conscientious and caring physician, Dr. McConnell provides her patients with customized non-surgical treatments to help address health and aesthetic concerns related to the skin. She is also keen on helping patients understand their skin and how it can be cared for and protected.
Dr. Jordan Achtman is a board-certified dermatologist in DSA Dermatology at Plano, TX. Dr. J. Achtman graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia and completed his residency in dermatology at UT Southwestern. His expertise spans general, surgical, and cosmetic dermatology. Dr. J. Achtman also has various special interests including chronic itch, infectious diseases of the skin, and the relationship between mental health and skin health. He is also very keen on helping patients form healthy skincare regimens and habits. In the hands of Dr. J. Achtman, you can be assured of innovative and cutting edge solutions for all your skin concerns.