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Chemical Peels in Worcester, MA

If you want to achieve smoother and more luminous skin by diminishing the appearance of wrinkles, uneven pigmentation, acne scars, and other facial blemishes, Salisbury Plastic Surgery, led by board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Deborah K. Ekstrom, provides chemical peels for individuals in Shrewsbury, Worcester, and neighboring communities in Massachusetts.

What is a Chemical Peel?

A chemical peel is a non-invasive exfoliation treatment that results in healthier and smoother skin. Chemical peels use a chemical solution to gently remove the outermost layer of skin, taking with it dead skin cells and minor imperfections that are present on that outermost layer, such as sunspots, acne scars and discoloration.

If you’re looking for a treatment to treat skin conditions, such as fine lines, wrinkles, sunspots, acne scars, and discoloration or uneven pigmentation, a chemical peel may be an excellent solution. Although most chemical peels are applied to facial skin, this treatment may also be benefit the skin on the neck, hands, or other areas of the body. A chemical peel can benefit you if you have any of the following skin conditions:

  • Acne
  • Blemishes
  • Dry, flaking skin
  • Growths on the skin, including pre-cancerous growths
  • Freckles
  • Scars
  • Sun damage
  • Sun spots
  • Uneven pigmentation
  • Wrinkles and fine lines

Who Is a Good Candidate for a Chemical Peel?

Almost any healthy adult can benefit from a chemical peel, although the procedure is not recommended for individuals who are taking Retin-A® or Accutane®.

What Types Of Chemical Peels Are Available?

There are several chemical peel solutions to choose from, and these vary in composition, goal, and strength. Some formulas penetrate only the outermost layer of skin, while others treat deeper layers underneath the surface. Deeper peels are considered more invasive and require a lengthier process of recovery, but they also produce more dramatic effects. Different chemical formulations include chemical peels that contain phenol, alphahydroxy acids (AHA’s), and trichloroacetic acid (TCA).

How Does a Chemical Peel Work?

A chemical peel takes about one hour to apply, and may require topical or local anesthesia. Once the face is thoroughly cleansed, the chemical peel solution is applied to the surface of the skin. Some patients experience a mild stinging sensation during this step. The chemical solution remains on the skin for a few minutes, and is rinsed away. Once the solution has been removed you are free to leave and resume normal activities. A few days following your treatment, your skin will begin to peel, in a process similar to that of skin that has been sunburned. This process gradually reveals a smoother, healthier-looking layer of new skin, as your skin sheds the damaged cells of the outermost layer. Depending on the type of chemical peel solution, recovery after a chemical peel may take up to 10 days, during which you may experience mild soreness and your skin may appear red. The newly exposed layer of skin will be extremely sensitive to sunlight, so it is imperative that you wear protective clothing and use sunscreen diligently when outdoors, especially during the first few weeks. Depending upon your condition and aesthetic goals, you may need more than one chemical peel to achieve your desired results. Chemical peels may also be combined with other cosmetic procedures such as surgery, liposuction and dermal injections.

How Much Do Chemical Peels Cost in Worcester?

The cost of chemical peels varies, depending on which peel is recommended for you. To help manage payment for our services, Salisbury Plastic Surgery provides flexible financing options and accepts various forms of payment for your ease and convenience.

Chemical peels provide a simple and effective treatment to eliminate imperfections on the skin’s surface and to refresh your look. Salisbury Plastic Surgery, led by Dr. Deborah K. Ekstrom, offers chemical peels and other cosmetic services for residents of Worcester, Shrewsbury, and the surrounding communities of Massachusetts. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.