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Chemical Peel
Charlotte, NC

Our skin is among the first things that other people notice about us. Over time, the complexion may be marred by blemishes, hyperpigmentation, scarring and other flaws that can make us feel self-conscious about how we look. Chemical peels are among the most potent and effective weapons in the anti-aging arsenal. They can be customized to combat your unique trouble zones and provide you with a more youthful, glowing aesthetic. During a chemical peel in our Charlotte office, the outermost layer of damaged skin cells is exfoliated, revealing a pristine new layer below.

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What is a chemical peel?

Chemical peels can be instrumental in removing dirt, debris, oil, and makeup from the skin. The topmost layer of dead skin cells is peeled away, revealing a fresher, more revitalized complexion underneath. Chemical peels leave the skin softer, healthier, and more inviting, boosting your self-image so you feel less self-conscious in social situations.

Chemical peels can address:

  • Wrinkles and fine lines
  • Sun damage
  • Crow’s feet
  • Acne scarring
  • Dry skin
  • Rough skin
  • Oily skin
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Melasma
  • Sunspots
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What are the different types of chemical peels available?

  • AHA peel – This type of chemical peel is ideal for clients seeking minimal downtime and a seamless, stress-free experience. Using glycolic acid, fruit acids, and lactic acid, an AHA peel helps to minimize wrinkles and fine lines while correcting hyperpigmentation and rough skin patches. The AHA chemical peel is safe and non-invasive enough to be used with your daily skincare protocol.
  • Phenol peel – The phenol peel is the most stringent and aggressive type of chemical peel. It penetrates the skin deeply, targeting entrenched wrinkles, folds and creases that are a result of sun damage over time. It can also correct precancerous lesions. Because a phenol peel requires a significant amount of downtime and has the potential to scar the skin, it should only be performed by an experienced and precision-minded practitioner. After treatment, you will need to stay out of the sun and wear sunblock continuously.
  • TCA peel – The TCA peel is a middle ground chemical peel between the AHA and the phenol peel. It can help reverse wrinkles, fine lines, uneven skin texture and blemishes. While it does have a slightly longer recovery than the AHA peel, the TCA peel can accomplish remarkable anti-aging results without the lengthy downtime of the phenol peel. The TCA peel can be repeated several times in order to accomplish the same goals as a phenol peel without the more intense recuperation required.

What are the benefits of a chemical peel?

  • Treatment can be customized to your skincare needs
  • Helps to combat age-related skin conditions
  • Corrects acne scarring and hyperpigmentation
  • Improves skin texture and tone
  • Enhances self-confidence
  • Brightens the complexion

Who makes an ideal candidate for a chemical peel?

If over-the-counter skincare products aren’t achieving the results you seek, it may be time to consider a cosmetic chemical peel to rejuvenate your complexion. A chemical peel can assist you in shedding years of sun damage and aging, helping you to feel more confident in how you look. Smokers and those taking Accutane will need to check with the doctor before embarking on a chemical peel procedure. Your candidacy will be reviewed in depth during your private consultation for chemical peel in Charlotte, NC.

What happens after my chemical peel?

The recovery time for your treatment will depend on the depth of your peel. With a light peel, you can return to normal activities right away, whereas a deep phenol peel will require prolonged healing. After all peels, you’ll need to avoid sun exposure until the redness in your complexion has faded. Going forward, you’ll need to use sunscreen to help preserve and protect your results. Your doctor will provide detailed instructions after your chemical peel and it’s imperative that you follow them to the letter.

Why choose Beck Aesthetic Surgery?

Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Joel Beck is a sought-after authority when it comes to any cosmetic procedure, thanks to his skill, artistry and exceptional attention to detail. Dr. Beck’s background in reconstructive techniques and burn surgery make him the ideal physician to oversee your chemical peel, ensuring it is performed safely and correctly. He is currently a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the California Society of Plastic Surgeons, and the American College of Surgeons.

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What are the risks involved with chemical peels?

Complications with chemical peels are very rare. Our team will discuss the specific risks associated with your type of peel during your confidential consultation. Risks may include scarring, poor healing, cold sores, blotchiness, whiteheads and others. You can help to minimize these potential risks by carefully following the doctor’s instructions before and after your procedure.


How do I prepare for a chemical peel procedure?

Before your session, we will perform a physical evaluation and review of your medical history. It’s important that you disclose any medications or previous treatments. The doctor may recommend several creams, gels or lotions to use prior to your chemical peel that can help prepare the skin for exfoliation. You may need to take antiviral medications if you have a history of cold sores.

Clients will need to stop smoking about 6 weeks before their chemical peel and they will need to avoid aspirin and other medications listed by the doctor. Make sure you drink the proper amount of water in the week before your treatment. Staying well-hydrated is imperative and can help ensure a smooth, stress-free experience. Lastly, you may want to arrange for someone to drive you home if you have undergone a deeper peel, since the discomfort can make it difficult to drive safely.

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