How do chemical peels work?

A chemical peel treatment uses an acid solution to eliminate the skin’s outermost layers. The treatment provider will apply trichloroacetic acid (TCA), lpha hydroxy acids (AHA), or phenol to the skin to administer a chemical peel.

A chemical peel is commonly used as a med spa procedure for facial skin, and it effectively improves the texture of facial skin.

This treatment is ideal for removing minor blemishes, wrinkles, and irregular skin pigmentation. Chemical peels exfoliate the outer skin layer comprising dead cells to reveal a new layer of skin with enhanced texture, tone, and color.

Apart from providing facial rejuvenation, some types of chemical peels can address targeted areas and eliminate stretch marks or revitalize skin in any area of the body.shutterstock_156646856 Fiala Aesthetics Medical Spa, led by board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Thomas Fiala, provides chemical peels to patients in Orlando, Altamonte Springs, FL, and surrounding locations.

Chemical Peels Procedure

The type of chemical peel (light, medium, or deep) being administered may determine certain aspects of the chemical peel. But all chemical peel med spa treatments follow the same fundamental protocols:

  • The patient receives a chemical peel at the surgeon’s office or medical spa, and the procedure is performed by a qualified and experienced chemical peels cosmetic expert.
  • In case the patient is undergoing a deep chemical peel, or if they request for it, they may be given a mild sedative to make the procedure more comfortable.
  • The chemical peel provider will cleanse the patient’s skin and apply a topical anesthetic to the targeted site, if necessary.
  • After this, the treatment provider will apply the chemical peel solution. The doctor will formulate this solution depending on the patient’s unique requirements and desires. Patients commonly feel a stinging or tingling sensation when the skin peel is applied.
  • The chemical peel solution is washed off after it remains on the skin for the prescribed duration. The doctor will then apply a soothing ointment to the skin. Normally a generous and liberal coating of petroleum jelly is used following deep chemical peels.
  • The cosmetic specialist will provide the patient with aftercare instructions and give them a mild pain reliever to address any discomfort after the chemical peel, especially in the case of a deep chemical peel treatment.
  • The patient may need numerous treatments to achieve desired outcomes depending on their skin condition and the depth of the skin peel.

Light Chemical Peels

Light chemical peels can treat fine lines and wrinkles, areas of dryness, irregular pigmentation as well as acne. The light chemical peel solution typically consists of alphahydroxy acids (AHAs) such as lactic, salicylic, glycolic, or fruit acids.

Medium Chemical Peels

A majority of doctors use trichloroacetic acid (TCA) for medium chemical peels. This chemical is effective in the treatment of fine lines on the skin’s surface as well as blemishes and pigmentation issues.

Deep Chemical Peels

Deep chemical peels are the most potent among facial peels. Phenol acid is commonly used for deep chemical peels. Successful Fiala Aesthetics Medical Spa receives patients from Orlando, Altamonte Springs, FL, and other towns and suburbs in this part of the southeast for chemical peels.

For more information of the treatments and procedures offered at this Orlando Medical Spa by Dr. Thomas Fiala please contact us at (407) 339-3222 or visit 

Serving patients in and around Greater Central Florida: Orlando, Altamonte, Lake Mary, Maitland, Winter Park, Clermont, Casselberry, Lake Mary, Longwood, Celebration, Heathrow, Windermere, Tampa, Jacksonville, Sarasota and more.

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