Chemical Peels

Learn More About Chemical Peels at Aurora Health Care

What is a Chemical Peel?

A chemical peel, also called chemexfoliation or derma peeling, is a noninvasive, nonsurgical way to improve the appearance of the skin. There are three chemicals used to perform three levels ofchemical peels, and each of the chemicals will act differently upon the skin. A light chemical peel works only on the epidermis. A medium chemical peel works mostly on the dermis, but also may affect deeper skin structures. And a deep chemical peel works down to the dermis.

Most chemical peels are performed on facial skin; however, some people also choose to have chemical peels on the skin of the neck or hands. (Deep chemical peels cannot be performed on the neck or hands.)

At Aurora Health Care, our plastic surgeons perform superficial, or light, chemical peels and medium chemical peels. We use trusted chemical brands, such as Beta Lift, GlyDerm, Glytone by Enerpeel® and VitalizePeel.

Why Consider a Chemical Peel?

If your skin is uneven, scarred, wrinkled or spotted from years of sun exposure, acne or aging, you may benefit from a chemical peel. Chemical peels are meant to rejuvenate your skin, even your skin tone and give you a more youthful appearance. Depending on the type of peel you choose, the effects of the procedure will last anywhere from a few weeks to many years.

If you’re dissatisfied with the appearance of your skin and you’re looking for a nonsurgical, noninvasive way to improve the tone and texture of your skin, a chemical peel may be the right choice for you.

Chemical peels can improve:

  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Acne and acne scars
  • Brown spots, also known as age or liver spots
  • Rough skin and scaly patches
  • Sun-damaged skin
  • Freckles
  • Irregular skin pigmentation
  • Scars

Although chemical peels can go far to giving your skin a more even, youthful appearance, they cannot treat deep facial lines, loose or sagging skin, broken capillaries that cause discoloration, or large pores. They also will not remove deep scars.

Chemical peels are excellent options for many, but some people are not good candidates. People with certain skin tones and types should not have chemical peels because the chemicals can bleach the skin or cause discoloration of some pigments. People with red hair and fair skin with many freckles also may not be good candidates. If you have a history of scarring, facial warts or skin pigmentation, chemical peels may not be for you. If chemical peels aren’t an option for you, check out the other skin procedures at Aurora Health Care.

If you are interested in a chemical peel, schedule a consultation with a plastic surgeon at Aurora. He or she will examine your skin and talk with you about whether a chemical peel is the best option for you.

How is a Chemical Peel Performed?

In all types of chemical peels, your surgeon will carefully apply a chemical solution to the areas of your skin you wish to treat. The chemicals work to improve the texture of your skin by removing the outer layers that have been damaged by the sun, the aging process, or acne or other scarring.

Depending on the type of chemical peel you’ve chosen, your doctor will apply alphahydroxy acid (light peel) or tricloroacetic acid (medium peel). Your surgeon will adjust the formula to specifically meet your needs.

Why Should I Choose Aurora Health Care for a Chemical Peel?

At Aurora Health Care, you’re not just another patient. Your health is our first priority, and we want what’s best for you – even if that means you choose not to have a chemical peel.

When you choose Aurora for your cosmetic procedure, you’re choosing more than just a surgeon. You’re choosing an entire health care system that offers you much more than one procedure. We offer a multidisciplinary team of doctors who work together to provide you with care that stands above the competition.

At Aurora, we offer:

  • Experience: Aurora specialists perform hundreds of chemical peels each year.
  • Expertise: At Aurora, chemical peels are performed only by board-certified doctors.
  • Advanced technology: Aurora uses the safest and most-advanced technology available.
  • Attention to you: Your cosmetic specialist will take time to discuss options with you and answer your questions before treatment begins, giving you peace of mind.

Are Chemical Peels Covered by Insurance?

Most cosmetic plastic surgery procedures are considered elective procedures, and thus are not often covered by insurance. However, there are some exceptions. If you have questions about whether your chemical peel would be covered by insurance, contact your insurance company directly.

How Do I Find a Cosmetic Plastic Surgeon at Aurora Health Care?

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