To reduce the appearance of facial blemishes, wrinkles, and uneven skin pigmentation, Dr. Joshua Hyman may recommend a chemical peel.
Chemical peel treatment
Using a chemical solution, our peels will improve and smooth the texture of the facial skin by removing the damaged outer layers. Dr. Joshua Hyman offers trichloroacetic acid (TCA) and alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA) peels. Alpha-hydroxy acids, such as glycolic, lactic, or fruit acids, create mild peels which work best to remove fine wrinkling, dryness, and uneven skin pigmentation.
These peels may be performed weekly or at longer intervals. Trichloroacetic acids are medium-depth peels that are also used to correct fine wrinkles, superficial blemishes, and pigment problems. For patients with darker skin, TCA peels often achieve better results than AHA peels.
Occasionally, more than one peel may be needed to achieve the desired result. Both TCA and AHA procedures are done in the office and take 20 to 30 minutes to perform. Anesthesia is not used as most patients feel merely a temporary stinging sensation as the peel is applied.