Superficial Chemical Peels

Superficial peels with AHAs like Glycolic and Lactic Acid 20-30% or salicylic acid are an aesthetician service that can be applied by medical aestheticians in a doctor’s office under the supervision of a physicianand are an excellent skin care treatment. These peels provide skin exfoliation, removal of superficial pigment, and can also stimulate new collagen production.

The deeper skin care peels, with high percentage AHAs (50-70%), TCA peels and phenol peels are considered surgical procedures, to be performed by a physician. These are not minimally invasive. Deeper peels, such as these, can be very effective, but there is significant down time.

I do not use deep peels because the risk of scarring and hypo-pigmentation (whitening of the treated skin) are too great. Most physicians today prefer laser resurfacing if a deeper peel is needed. This is a much more controllable, less risky form of facial resurfacing. Some doctors get beautiful results with the deeper peels and are more experienced than I am in their use. I have simply seen too many patients who suffered complications after another doctor has done their peel, and at that point, unfortunately, there is nothing I can do to help them.

Dr Seckel

Boston, Masachusetts

Concord, massachusetts


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