At Dermatology Associates of Northern Virginia, now a part of U.S. Dermatology Partners, we are dedicated to assisting patients in the Centreville area with their skin care concerns. When patients are seeking skin rejuvenation solutions in Centreville, VA, they are encouraged to book an appointment with the team to learn about chemical peeling services.
Chemical peels explained
A chemical peel is a procedure that is done in our office quickly and easily. We have a variety of different chemical peels for our patients to choose from, from superficial to aggressive. The idea behind a chemical peel is that a specific chemical combination is used to address the upper layer of skin. This exfoliation can remove dead and damaged skin cells that may be causing the skin to look dull. Each chemical peel is unique to each patient’s specific needs.
What are chemical peels used for?
Chemical peels can be used for a variety of conditions. They can:
- Promote healthy skin
- Reduce the severity of blemishes and acne
- Reduce fine lines and wrinkles
- Eliminate sun damage
- Exfoliate the skin for a more brilliant complexion
- Even skin tone and texture
- Reduce the appearance of rosacea
- Address hyper- or hypo-pigmentation issues
Skin rejuvenation is easy with chemical peels, which can be done as needed or on a regular basis, depending on the needs of the patient. We can make recommendations as to which type of peel to use based on the desires the patient expresses. Many of our chemical peels will not only meet but exceed the expectations of our patients.
Who is a candidate for chemical peels?
All patients who are interested in enhancing their skin’s appearance can ask about chemical peels. Drs. Neeraja Mattay and Nickolai Talanin, are experienced doctors who can evaluate the skin’s texture and tone to make recommendations regarding which chemical peel may be best to address specific needs.
How long is recovery and healing from a chemical peel?
There is no single answer for this because there are varying degrees of strengths for chemical peels. Some patients might prefer a more superficial peel to address acne, signs of aging, or the beginning signs of sun damage. These are gentle peels that may include mild ingredients including salicylic acid or glycolic acid. These epidermal peels are mild enough to just result in some redness the remainder of the day that will go away the following day. However, if patients choose more aggressive peels, such as high concentration peels like TCA, they will have a longer period of healing. These peels provide amazing results, though require some social downtime. Patients will notice a few days of flaking and peeling skin, including substantial redness. They should also avoid any sun exposure during this healing time and follow post-treatment instructions from the doctor. The results from these peels are faster and more noticeable than superficial peels. Our team of professionals can assist in choosing the peel appropriate for your lifestyle and the results you want to see.
What type of ingredients are used in chemical peels?
There are a variety of different chemicals that can be used in exfoliating the skin. Our team will customize a treatment right for a patient based on their goals. All of these are safe to use inappropriate amounts on the skin to stimulate skin cell turnover. Some of the more popular acids and ingredients used in our chemical peels may include:
- Salicylic acid
- Mandelic acid
- Glycolic acid
- Retinoic acid
- Trichloroacetic acid
- Resorcinol acid
These acids vary in strength, which is why some of them are present in superficial peels and others in deeper peels.
If you are interested in learning more about the services and treatments we offer, contact Dermatology Associates of Northern Virginia Centreville. We assist patients of all ages in our state-of-the-art facility. We provide medical and cosmetic dermatology solutions to men and women at both our Centreville and Sterling locations. Our Centreville location can be reached at (703) 222-2773 and is conveniently located in Suite #301 at 13880 Braddock Road. We accept new patients who are ready for quality, comprehensive dermatological care.