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Chemical Peels Specialist

Absolute Dermatology & Skin Cancer Center -  - Dermatologist

Absolute Dermatology & Skin Cancer Center

Dermatologists & Mohs Surgeons located in Glen Allen, VA

A chemical peel improves the overall texture and tone of your skin and can also restore youthful radiance and glow. At Absolute Dermatology & Skin Cancer Center in Glen Allen, Virginia, Patricia O’Connor, MD, and her team offer medical chemical peels. The customized, high-quality peels rejuvenate your look and address specific skin concerns, such as discoloration and acne. Call the Richmond-area office today to learn how you can benefit or send us a message to book an appointment on our contact page.

Chemical Peels Q & A

What are chemical peels?

A medical chemical peel is a specific combination of solutions applied to your skin. After the appropriate layers are applied and left on for a prescribed period, the technician will neutralize the peel. Your skin sloughs off and exfoliates as a result of the peel, revealing new, fresh cells. This shedding can last anywhere from three to ten days depending on the depth of the peel.

The team at Absolute Dermatology & Skin Cancer Center carefully evaluates your skin and recommends the medical-grade peel most appropriate for your skin health and specific concerns.

What are the benefits of a chemical peel?

Chemical peels effectively address numerous skin complaints. The benefits of a chemical peel include:

  • Rejuvenation of your complexion
  • Improvements in your skin’s tone and texture
  • Treatment of the symptoms of acne
  • Reduction in the signs of sun damage
  • Lessening the appearance of enlarged pores

Discuss your skin concerns with the team at Absolute Dermatology & Skin Cancer Center to determine if a chemical peel is right for you.

What happens during a chemical peel?

A chemical peel starts with a thorough cleansing of your skin. The chemical solution is then applied to your skin and allowed to soak in. After neutralizing the peel and protecting your now-more-sensitive skin with sunscreen, you’re done with your visit and the team sends you home. 

Over the next few days, the outermost layers of your skin peel away, revealing healthy, smooth skin underneath. The amount of peeling depends on the strength of the peel used.

Who is a candidate for a chemical peel?

Chemical peels work for a wide range of skin types and address skin conditions such as melasma, acne, and discoloration due to prior acne or trauma. They range in intensity from mild, “lunchtime” peels to deep peels that lead to significant exfoliation and require significant downtime. Your provider will work with you to determine which peel fits best in your skin care routine based on your skin health and concerns. 

What are the side effects of a chemical peel? And how much downtime will I need? 

Expect to have some facial redness and increased sun sensitivity after a chemical peel. Your skin will be more sensitive, so protecting it with SPF is important. Redness will be exacerbated by exercise after a peel but shouldn’t affect the results of the peel. Recovery from a mild peel takes just a few days, while deep peels may require a few weeks of downtime. The doctors will let you know your post-peel protocol and what to expect after your specific procedure.

Are Chemical peels covered by insurance? 

If the condition being treated by a chemical peel is strictly medical like acne, some of the expense may be covered by your insurance plan. It is always important to check with your insurance carrier prior to a procedure if you are planning to bill it to insurance. 

A chemical peel can help you resolve several aesthetic skin complaints. Find out if the procedure is right for you by calling Absolute Dermatology & Skin Cancer Center or send us a message to book an appointment on our contact page.

References and Resources:

https://www.webmd.com/beauty/cosmetic-procedures-chemical-peel-treatments#1

https://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/chemical-peel/about/pac-20393473