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How Do Chemical Peels Work?

How Do Chemical Peels Work?

We refresh our wardrobe with new outfits and our living space with a fresh coat of paint — now with a chemical peel we can refresh our appearance, too.

Dr. Carmelo Plateroti and our highly skilled team at Plateroti Dermatology in Templeton, California, combine proven Western medicine practices with successful holistic treatments for the best possible results. We bring over 30 years of collective experience and a patient-centered philosophy to meet a wide variety of dermatologic and aesthetic needs, including rejuvenating your skin with a chemical peel.

Skin health

We ask a lot of our skin in its job of protecting our bodies from the environment, but over time, the wear-and-tear can take a toll. Too much exposure to the sun and its harmful ultraviolet radiation can contribute to skin issues as well.

Chemical peels

The good news is chemical peels can help with a number of common skin problems and leave your skin looking younger and more radiant. They can aid in reducing wrinkles, assist in making mild scars less noticeable, and decrease everything from age spots and freckles to dark patches. Chemical peels can even help with some kinds of acne.

Types of peels

Chemical peels come in different strengths and are personalized to the individual and their situation.

TCA peels

Also known as a trichloroacetic acid peel, this treatment is among the strongest and comes in different concentrations. Often, it is used for people who have significant signs of aging and hyperpigmentation.

A customized treatment plan is developed that includes the exact percentage of TCA solution and the length of time that it will be applied. This number is determined by your skin type and the issue or issues that need to be addressed.

Treatment begins with a cleansing of your skin and application of the solution. As it penetrates, you may notice a mild stinging sensation for several minutes. After treatment, the old skin will peel away, revealing new glowing smoother skin.

Depending on the issue being treated, more than one TCA peel may be needed for best results.

Jessner peels

Gentler than the TCA peel, the Jessner peel is often helpful for people with darker skin tones or in individuals who have dark patches or spots known as melasma. It can also help decrease fine lines and wrinkles, firm and tone the skin, and make large pores less noticeable.

Before treatment begins, we may suggest using a brightening lotion for two to three months to aid in preparing your skin for the peel. Often monthly treatments for five to six months are recommended.

If you're seeking smoother, clearer, more radiant looking skin, a chemical peel may help. Click our request button, or call us at 805-434-2526 today to make an appointment for a consultation.

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