Chemical Peels in Charlotte, NC
Chemical peels effectively slough away damaged skin cells to reveal a fresh-faced appearance after treatment. Chemical peels may be used to combat the natural signs of aging but may also be used to treat skin conditions, such as acne scars, sun damage, and hyperpigmentation.
The process essentially removes the damaged skin on top to reveal the healthier skin underneath. It is a safe procedure, and the level of treatment can be customized to meet your specific needs. Our board-certified oral and plastic surgeon, Dr. Waheed Mohamed, will ensure your health and safety throughout any cosmetic procedure.
If you are looking to improve the appearance of deeper wrinkles, restore lost volume to the face, or treat excess skin, check out our other surgical and nonsurgical cosmetic surgery procedures. To find out how Dr. Mohamed and our team of specialists can improve your confidence and help you achieve healthier-looking, brighter skin, contact our office in Charlotte, NC, today.
What Is a Chemical Peel? Overview, Types, and Risks
A chemical peel is a special solution that our specialists will apply to your face and/or neck. This solution treats many skin conditions and irregularities, leaving you with a more even, glowing complexion.
There are three main types of chemical peels. The severity of your skin condition, as well as your skin type and esthetic preferences, will determine the type of peel you receive
- Superficial peel: A light chemical peel gently exfoliates only the outer layer of skin using a mild acid, such as alpha hydroxy acid, beta hydroxy acid, lactic acid, glycolic acid, or salicylic acid. The recovery time takes around 1–7 days.
- Medium peel: A slightly stronger solution is applied to the skin to remove damaged cells from the outer and some middle layers of skin. Healing takes around 1–2 weeks with a medium peel.
- Deep peel: A deep chemical peel is the most intense treatment and requires a very strong chemical solution to treat damaged cells from the middle layers of the skin. Healing takes between 2–3 weeks after a deep peel.
Redness and swelling is normal. This is the skin healing, and could last for a few months after a medium or deep peel. Treated skin can become darker or lighter than normal, which is more common in people with skin of color. Chemical peels rarely cause scarring. We will discuss possible side effects before treatment.
Benefits of a Chemical Peel
In addition to being an exceptionally safe and effective treatment, chemical peels offer many wonderful benefits.
- Treats sun damage, acne scars, other scars, and hyperpigmentation
- Can help balance uneven skin tones or redness
- Treats melasma, a condition that causes dark, discolored patches
- Can improve the appearance of fine lines
- The level of treatment is modified to fit your needs
- Minimal downtime after light peels
- A typical treatment only takes between 30 and 90 minutes
- Is suitable for both lighter and darker skin tones
The Chemical Peel Process
At Carolinas Center for Cosmetic Surgery, your safety and comfort come first. We can perform chemical peel treatments in the comfort of our Charlotte, NC, office. First, you will meet with our experts, who will determine the right cosmetic treatment for your goals and skin condition.
How to Prepare
- Avoid sun exposure prior to treatment. Sunburned skin cannot be treated.
- Do not bleach, wax, tweeze, or use depilatory creams in the treatment area for 3 days prior to treatment.
- Discontinue use of retinoid (Retin-A®, Tazorac®, Differin®, etc.) and hydroquinone products 3 days prior to treatment.
- Discontinue use of 10% or higher alpha hydroxy acids, glycolic acids, and exfoliants 3 days prior to your peel.
- If you have a history of cold sores/perioral herpes, begin prophylactic antiviral therapy the day before your chemical peel.
- If you will be sedated, arrange for a ride home ahead of time.
- We may prescribe an antiviral medication to take before treatment.
What to Expect
We will tie your hair back and clean your face. You may be given goggles to wear to protect any solution from entering your eyes. We may also prescribe a mild sedative to help you relax, and we will use a topical anesthetic cream to enhance your comfort during the process.
For deep peels, we may administer local anesthesia to maximize your comfort. You may be given an IV to ensure your body and skin remain hydrated throughout the process. This is only done for deep peels that involve both the neck and face.
For medium and light peels, we will use a gauze, cotton ball, or sponge to apply the chemical solution. As the solution takes effect, it will remove the outer, damaged layer of skin. A mild stinging sensation may be experienced during a chemical peel—the deeper the peel, the stronger the sensation.
You can repeat light or medium peels as often as every 4 weeks until you achieve the results you desire. This may change depending on your skin condition and how quickly you recover from the treatment.
After Your Chemical Peel
It is very important to practice proper at-home care while you heal. We will provide instructions for you to follow after treatment to expedite the recovery process and ensure optimal results. They contain skin care instructions, such as how to clean and moisturize your face, and how often to do so.
After any type of chemical peel, you can expect your skin to be red, irritated, or swollen. You should avoid sun exposure while your skin is healing and wear sunscreen after it has healed. Many people compare the sensation after this treatment to the feeling of a sunburn.
After a light chemical peel, the skin will be red or dry and slightly irritated. We may apply ointment to the area. You can wear makeup the next day, unless your specialist says otherwise. It can take up to seven days to heal.
After a medium chemical peel, the skin will be red, swollen, and may sting. You should not wear makeup for about seven days. Use ice packs to soothe the skin and reduce swelling, and over-the-counter pain medications for discomfort. The skin will crust as it heals, and healing may take a couple of weeks.
After a deep chemical peel, the treated skin will be red and swollen. We will apply dressing and may prescribe pain medication. New skin will form in the treated areas in about 2 weeks, although redness may last for months. Once new skin forms and you have fully healed, you can use makeup.
If you experience discomfort after treatment, use ice packs for 20 minutes at a time. Should you have questions at any point throughout the process or feel like you're experiencing discomfort beyond what is expected, contact our office at (704) 714-2259.
Chemical Peel Results
You can expect radiant skin following your chemical peel treatment. A light peel will improve your skin’s texture and lessen the appearance of wrinkles. These results are subtle, but will become more noticeable with repeated treatments. Medium peels will result in noticeably smoother skin, and deep peels dramatically improve your skin’s look and feel.
Our experts at Carolinas Center for Cosmetic Surgery approach every treatment with your vision, health, and safety in mind. Contact us today to learn more about chemical peels in Charlotte, NC, and to explore your many options for reaching your aesthetic goals and improving your confidence.