How Chemical Peels Work

Chemical peels work by removing the damaged outer layer of the skin to create a smoother, healthier, clearer complexion. Ranging from mild to strong, chemical peels are available in three types: alphahydroxy acid (AHA), trichloroacetic acid (TCA), and phenol. The strength of each chemical peel is tailored to the patient based on your areas of concern and goals.

What Can a Chemical Peel Treat?

  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Acne breakouts
  • Acne scarring
  • Enlarged pores
  • Sun damage 
  • Age spots
  • Dull skin
  • Uneven texture
  • Hyperpigmentation, melasma, and light freckling
  • Crow’s feet
  • Dry, rough, or oily skin
  • Pre-cancerous lesions


What other procedures go with a chemical peel?

Are chemical peels covered by health insurance?

What other procedures go with a chemical peel?

Chemical peels can be combined with other procedures such as a facelift for additional improvement to the skin.

Are chemical peels covered by health insurance?

Chemical peels may be covered by insurance if they are performed for medical rather than cosmetic reasons.

What to Expect During a Chemical Peel 

Chemical peels are performed in a plastic surgeon’s or dermatologist’s office, or an outpatient surgical center. Anesthesia is not required because TCA and phenol have anesthetic properties, and AHA produces only a slight stinging.

During a TCA or phenol peel, the skin is cleansed and the solution is applied. This may cause a brief stinging sensation. Petroleum jelly or a waterproof adhesive tape may be put on the skin following a phenol peel. During an AHA peel, the skin is cleansed and the solution applied; there is no need for post-peel ointment or covering.

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Downtime and Side Effects

A phenol or TCA peel can result in tingling or throbbing, reddened skin, crusting or scabbing, and significant swelling that lasts (depending on the strength of the peel) used, about a week. With a phenol peel, your eyes may be swollen shut at first. You may be put on a liquid diet and advised to keep talking to a minimum.

Any tape used is removed after a day or two. AHA peels can cause temporary stinging, redness, and irritation, as well as flaking or crusting. After a chemical peel, it is absolutely essential that the skin be protected from the sun because it will be particularly vulnerable. 

Why Choose Parakh Plastic Surgery?

Parakh Plastic Surgery is an intimate boutique practice that provides a patient-centered experience focused on ultimate comfort. We offer a warm, happy, friendly environment where you will be well taken care of and never rushed. We believe that everyone deserves to look and feel their best, which is why we never adopt a one-size-fits-all approach. We deliver personalized care in a way that creates uniquely impactful results. You’ll enjoy individualized rejuvenation, delivered by a passionate staff in a caring environment. If you’re in the New Jersey area and you’re ready to improve your skin and trust your appearance to a team that truly cares, we welcome you to contact our Englewood, NJ office today to get started. 

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