A chemical peel is a specially formulated skin treatment designed to remove blemishes, age spots and other imperfections, giving each patient improved skin texture and complexion. Many different chemical peel formulas are available to address a variety of skincare concerns.
Dr. Richard Rand is a Board Certified plastic surgeon who offers nonsurgical treatments like chemical peels in addition to a full range of cosmetic surgery procedures for face and body. Together with his expert staff at the Northwest Center for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, Dr. Rand has helped hundreds of men and women from the greater Seattle area feel and look their best.
If you’d like to learn more about how chemical peels can improve your complexion, please don’t hesitate to contact our office in Bellevue today for more details.
About Chemical Peels
Chemical peels are fully customizable based on a particular patient’s needs. Popular formulas include:
- Glycolic acid
- Alpha-hydroxy acid
- Salicylic acid (ASA)
- Trichloarecetic acid (TCA)
The peels offered at our Bellevue plastic surgery center are considered light chemical peels, meaning they are gentle and, compared to deep chemical peels like phenol, carry a lower risk of side effects. At your consultation, you can ask Dr. Rand about the difference between our light peel and the deep chemical peels being offered by surgeons today.
Who Should Consider a Chemical Peel?
If your skin is dull, rough or irregular on areas like your face, chest and neck, then a chemical peel may be the right treatment for you. The peel can improve your skin texture and complexion after aging or prolonged sun exposure, treating common conditions like age spots, sun spots, mild acne scars, freckles, fine wrinkles, uneven skin texture and dull complexion. A chemical peel works best on persons with fair, thin skin and fine wrinkles.
The Chemical Peel Procedure: What to Expect
The first step involves choosing a formula. Dr. Rand can recommend the right peel formula or, if the peel is not a good choice, one of our other med spa treatments. After a thorough cleansing of the skin, the formula is applied smoothly and evenly across the skin of the face, neck or chest, carefully feathering coverage near the hair. Your skin may sting somewhat during this application process. You should plan your peel so that you do not have any significant events for 10 days afterward so that healing is complete.
After Your Chemical Peel
During the days that follow your chemical peel, you will experience some temporary flaking or scaling, redness and dryness of the skin. This is an indication that the peel is working. More peeling is associated with stronger peels. These conditions should subside as healing takes place. Ask Dr. Rand for specific instructions about applying makeup and/or sunscreen during recovery from your chemical peel.
Contact our office in Bellevue, Washington for more information on chemical peels.