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Chemical Peels: Restore Your Skin with a Facial or Body Peel

chemical peelYou put your best face forward every day as you meet all of life’s challenges. While you probably realize environmental factors such as air quality, makeup or sweat can affect the health of your skin, you may be surprised to learn that mental factors, like stress, can also have a significant impact.

Your skin is extremely resilient, but sometimes it’s best to start fresh. A chemical facial peel is one of the most versatile procedures to improve your skin’s health and glow.

What is a chemical peel?

A facial peel treats skin with a chemical solution that’s applied to your face. This solution exfoliates your skin, removing dead or unhealthy skin cells and revealing the new and rejuvenated skin beneath.

Chemical peels are given in the office and you may go home immediately following your procedure. Additional peeling, redness or sensitivity can sometimes happen for up to five to 10 days after the peel is applied — and will usually go away on their own.

Who is a good candidate for a chemical peel?

There are many different types of chemical peels to address your unique skin issues. Chemical peels are generally safe and have few side effects. You may want to consider a peel if you have:

  • Acne scars
  • Age spots
  • Aging skin
  • Crow’s feet
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Melasma
  • Scars
  • Sun-damaged skin
  • Wrinkles

Of course, it’s always best to discuss treatment options with a qualified aesthetic provider before having any cosmetic procedures. He or she can help you decide which procedures are right for you.

What is my downtime with a facial peel?

Most superficial facial peels have little downtime and only minor side effects, such as redness and slight swelling. In-depth peels that remove the top tissue of skin may require several days of rest and recovery. Crusting and scabbing may occur after deep peels — it’s important to care for your skin properly and avoid touching your face.

Will I need multiple treatment sessions?

Some peels may call for a series of treatments, depending on the type of peel and desired results. When several treatments are needed, they are usually spaced several weeks apart. Many individuals use superficial peels as a way to refresh their skin and come in every few weeks or months.

Are chemical peels only for the face?

Most peels are designed for use on the face, but the Emory Aesthetic Center Spa also offers body peels. These peels are excellent for individuals with sun damage to the chest, back, arms or hands.

What type of peel does the Emory Aesthetic Center Spa typically use?

The Emory Aesthetic Center Spa favors ZO 3 Step Peel. This innovative, in-office peel is followed by an at-home treatment. Your cosmetic surgeon will explain the steps you need to follow during your consultation and treatment date. The ZO 3 Step Peel utilizes a blend of exfoliants, retinol and multi-action agents to help improve skin health and treat many signs of aging.

Do I need a consultation before I schedule an appointment for a peel?

We recommend a consultation for anyone interested in scheduling a chemical peel. This appointment gives you and one of our aesthetic providers the opportunity to discuss desired results, review your skincare routine and evaluate your needs. This allows us to better understand how many peels you may need, what areas to treat and the appropriate follow-up regimen to make your skin look and feel its best.

Watch a video featuring before and after photos of chemical peel patients.

Emory Aesthetic Center

Get your skin glowing again. Emory Aesthetic Center is experienced in the full-range of surgical and nonsurgical cosmetic procedures. We offer a wide-range of facial peels to restore your skin’s health. Schedule your complimentary consultation today.

Request an appointmentor call us at 404-778-6880.


Does Microdermabrasion Work?

MicordermabrasionMicrodermabrasion is a procedure usually performed at a medical spa for enhancement and brightening of the overall facial appearance. Patients may present with complaints of dull skin texture, or superficial skin irregularities that just need a little freshening. It is more aggressive than a facial, but much less aggressive than dermabrasion. Although the terms are related, the “micro” in microdermabrasion arises from the fact that originally, little tiny crystals were used as an exfoliant within the hand piece to remove dead skin cells from the surface of the skin. More updated equipment relies on different methods of liquid exfoliation, but the effect is the same. Downtime is minimal if any, usually resulting in a few hours of redness or mild irritation of the skin, similar to the sensation of a mild sunburn. It’s important to reduce or eliminate sun exposure after any exfoliation procedure, but other than that, it is a relatively pain-free and uncomplicated endeavor. It may require repeated or regular appointments for maintenance of ideal skin tone. Microdermabrasion can be performed on all skin types and colors safely because the injury is very superficial.

Dermabrasion, on the other hand, is a much more involved procedure. Often performed under sedation or local anesthesia, depending on the area treated, it may even require the use of an operating room. A surgeon or dermatologist will use a special instrument that actually “sands” the top layers of the skin to reveal deeper, fresher skin. Patients in need of dermabrasion may present with deeper scars, acne scars, or traumatic tattoos from motor vehicle accidents or other trauma that require aggressive resurfacing. Recovery takes a week to 10 days depending on the depth of abrasion, and often the skin in the area treated appears lighter or redder in color for several weeks after treatment. As always, sun avoidance and sunscreen are imperative in the healing period, and some time off work is often needed to allow for postoperative wound care. Dermabrasion can be performed safely on most patients of light skin colors, but is often not recommended or very carefully performed on patients of Mediterranean, Asian, Hispanic or African American backgrounds because irregularities in skin color can arise easily if performed aggressively.

At the Emory Aesthetic Center, we request that all prospective patients meet with one of our aestheticians or board certified physicians before undergoing any procedure, allowing us to formulate a treatment plan based on your specific needs, outcomes and recovery time. Let us help you come up with a plan to achieve your desired results.

About Dr. Sethna

Anita Sethna, MDAnita Sethna, MD, understands that facial plastic and reconstructive surgery demand a marriage of science and artistry, and she enjoys using precision, skill, and vision to make her patients’ dreams reality. Dr. Sethna’s meticulous attention to detail and her passion for maintaining a natural look ensure optimum results for her patients. A dedicated teacher, Dr. Sethna is devoted to assisting residents in facial trauma or reconstructive cases at Grady Hospital. She relishes the opportunity to educate residents and medical students in all aspects of patient care. Dr. Sethna has a strong interest in several areas of facial plastic surgery research and has presented at national meetings on the importance of resident and fellow education in rhinoplasty techniques and adjunctive measures to decrease discomfort during cosmetic procedures.