If you have been searching for a dermatologist “near me” in the areas of Sterling or Centreville, VA and are ready to learn about the advantages of using chemical peels to enhance the skin’s appearance and improve health, contact Dermatology Associates of Northern Virginia, now a part of U.S. Dermatology Partners.
What are chemical peels?
Chemical peels are skin treatments that are used to enhance texture and tone. They result in the removal of dead or dull skin cells on the upper layer of the skin to bring forth newer, more youthful looking skin for improved appearance. Chemical peels are available in many different strengths to exfoliate the skin and remove damaged skin cells quickly and easily. There are several mixtures of ingredients and chemicals used, which are safe and effective acids.
What types of chemical peels are available?
There are many variations of chemical peels that can be used on the skin, and they may include:
- Epidermal peels
- Melanage peel
- Medium depth peels
- Deep peels
Which treatment is best for me?
Determining the type of chemical peel right for a patient starts with a consultation appointment. Our staff can assess the skin’s appearance and the needs of the patient to make a knowledgeable recommendation as to the chemical peel strength and combination needed to achieve desired results. Acids such as resorcinol, trichloroacetic, mandelic, salicylic, and glycolic acid are typically used in chemical peels. The depth of the peel is also determined based on how quickly patients want to see results. The stronger, more aggressive peels do require more social downtime but can provide a “once and done” solution to common skin concerns. Epidermal peels, which are mild and gentle, may require several sessions to address moderate to severe skin concerns. Learning about each of these treatments will ensure patients make a knowledgeable decision regarding the method appropriate for their specific needs.
What are the benefits of chemical peels?
Chemical peels are:
- Cleared by the FDA
- Monitored by a professional
What can I expect with my chemical peel treatment?
We start by evaluating the issues of the skin to determine if a chemical peel is the most appropriate treatment. Patients can also ask about other therapies that can be used, including microdermabrasion or laser treatments. Once patients have decided the chemical peel is right for their specific needs, then the doctor works with them in choosing the right strength and proper combination of acids to achieve results. Patients relax in the treatment chair as the skin is cleansed, then the chemical peel is applied to the skin like a mask. Superficial peels, which are extremely light can be left on the skin as patients continue about their day, while deeper peels require removal. A deep peel is more aggressive and can result in redness and irritation. Over the course of several days, with a deep peel, the skin will peel. This is a good sign – it means that the peel is working in removing the dead skin cells and allowing healthy, fresh skin to emerge. We then follow up with patients to ensure the treatment worked in resolving their issues. Some patients continue to have chemical peels performed regularly to enhance their skin’s appearance and ensure it looks healthy and youthful, while others just want one or two treatments to address a specific issue with their skin.
Call Dermatology Associates of Northern Virginia, Inc. today to book an appointment
Our professionals in Centreville, VA are dedicated to helping patients find ways to enhance their skin. With medical and cosmetic dermatology solutions, we can ensure patients have access to solutions that fit their budget and their unique needs. For patients who are faced with poor skin texture and tone, chemical peels may be an ideal option. Contact our Centreville office today by calling (703) 222-2773 and visiting 13880 Braddock Road, Suite 301. We are here for our patients in the areas of Sterling and Centreville, VA with two conveniently located practices.