Chemical Peels

Chemical Peels – Skin Rejuvenation in Farmington & Hartford, Connecticut at CT Facial Plastic Surgery

Chemical peels, also known as dermal peels, offer a flexible treatment option for acne scarring, hyperpigmentation, and signs of skin aging. Though the phrase “chemical peel” can sound a bit intimidating, this type of skin resurfacing utilizes organic compounds.

Chemical peels range in strength from mild and superficial to aggressive, deep peels. At Connecticut Facial Plastic Surgery, our surgeons perform medium depth and deep chemical peeling. This level of peeling allows for transformative skin rejuvenation that cannot be replicated with lighter treatments. When you visit our Farmington, Connecticut office for a consultation, Drs. Seeley and Karter will listen to your cosmetic goals and your recovery preferences, before helping you pick the peel that’s right for you.

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How Do Chemical Peels Work?

Chemical peels are a form of deep exfoliation. When peeling solution is applied to the skin, it causes dead and damaged skin cells to gradually dissolve. A chemical peel doesn’t literally “peel away” any skin during treatment; instead, over the course of six to ten days, dead skin cells slowly flake off on their own. This process has two main advantages: it removes cells that have been compromised by factors like UV radiation or hyperpigmentation, prompting the body to generate new, healthy cells. By stimulating the process of cellular renewal, chemical peels cause an increase in collagen production. Collagen rebuilds the skin, making it stronger, healthier, and more resistant to aging.

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What Do Chemical Peels Treat?

Chemical peels are a great way to treat the following skin conditions:

  • Acne Scarring – Dermal peels can minimize acne scarring by gradually resurfacing the skin and smoothing the transitions between the healthy skin and scar. This improves the overall skin quality and helps erase the borders of the scars. Chemical peeling for acne scarring is often don in conjunction with other treatments depending on the type and degree of scarring.
  • Wrinkles, fine lines, and areas of rough skin – Dermal peels restore skin that’s become stretched and creased over time, causing a layer of healthy skin to form in its place. The collagen-boosting effects of peels also improve the overall fullness and firmness of the skin; smoothing wrinkles and improving texture.
  • Hyperpigmentation, such as melasma, sun spots, and excessive freckling – Chemical peels can remove uneven, large or dark blemishes, making the skin brighter and more even in tone.

What to Expect During Recovery from a Chemical Peel

The duration of chemical peel recovery varies widely depending on the strength of peel. Our medium depth chemical peels are followed by about five to seven days of redness, mild swelling, and flaking. Deep peels, by contrast, may require up to two weeks of healing time. Though chemical peel recovery is associated with cosmetic side effects, it’s not typically painful. Some irritation and dryness are to be expected, but these symptoms can be controlled with appropriate use of hydrating creams.

Patients who have a medium depth chemical peel may need to take one week off work, depending on their job. It’s also important to avoid sun exposure for three to four weeks after having your treatment as your skin will be much more susceptible to UV damage while it’s healing. Deep chemical peels require two full weeks to recover and you should plan to take this time off from work.

Who Makes a Good Candidate for Chemical Peeling?

Most healthy adults can successfully undergo chemical peeling. However, patients with dark skin may be advised to avoid deep peels, as they have a heightened risk of experiencing uneven skin pigmentation after treatment. The anti-aging effects of chemical peels are more profound for younger patients (those under 50), as this treatment can’t tighten or lift very loose skin. Mature patients benefit the most from a combination of facial rejuvenation surgery and chemical peeling to treat the signs of skin aging.

Schedule a Chemical Peel Consultation in Farmington or Hartford County, Connecticut

At CT Facial Plastic Surgery, we offer skin resurfacing therapies that revitalize your appearance, whether you’re looking for an alternative to surgery or a complementary treatment. To start exploring your options, contact our Farmington office and arrange a personal consultation with one of our facial plastic surgeons. We look forward to helping you find the skin rejuvenation solution that’s right for you.

About author - Dr. Brook Seely

Dr. Brook Seely

Dr. Brook Seely has worked in medicine for over 27 years and founded Connecticut Facial Plastic Surgery in Farmington. Dr. Seeley studied at the University of Rochester, is double-board certified, and specializes in cosmetic and reconstructive facial surgeries.

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About author - Dr. Nicholas Karter

Dr. Nicholas Karter

Double-board certified surgeon Dr. Nicholas Karter was raised and studied in Connecticut while making it onto the Healthgrades Honor Roll. His residency training was in otolaryngology, sparking his interest in cosmetic facial treatments, both surgical and non-surgical.

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