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Chemical peels are among the most potent and effective weapons in the anti-aging arsenal. They can be customized to target your unique trouble zones and provide you with a more healthy, youthful, glowing aesthetic. During a chemical peel in our Charlotte, NC 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?

A chemical peel 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.

Different Types of Chemical Peels Available

PCA peel: PCA peels are a type of chemical peel formulated by the manufacturer PCA Skin. A PCA peel effectively addresses a range of skin concerns at once.

The PCA peel is a modified version of the Jessner peel, which is a milder type of peel. Jessner peels are generally ideal for patients with darker skin tones. PCA peels blend the Jessner peel with a TCA peel, which is a middle-strength peel, to target mid-to-deep layers of the skin, achieving combined yet refined results from both the Jessner and TCA peel ingredients. A PCA peel is used to improve skin tone and texture, reduce scarring, minimize pores, and reduce wrinkles and other signs of age.

Each PCA peel is completely customized for each client. A cocktail of boosters is added to address your specific skin concerns. PCA peels are ideal for all ages and ethnicities and can be customized to effectively treat any type of skin concern or issue. Everyone can benefit from PCA peels.

cosmelan® peel: cosmelan® is more than a chemical peel. The cosmelan® peel method removes hyperpigmentation while regulating the overproduction of pigmentation to prevent the reappearance of spots and flaws. The cosmelan® peel is the gold standard for treating stubborn pigmentation and melasma.

Including four powerful phases, the cosmelan® chemical peel targets the surface and deeper layers of the skin to address the problem while simultaneously addressing the origin.

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Benefits of a Chemical Peel

  • Treatment can be customized to your skincare needs
  • Helps to combat age-related skin conditions (wrinkles, crow’s feet, and fine lines)
  • Corrects acne scarring
  • Addresses hyperpigmentation, melasma, and light freckles
  • Improves skin texture and tone
  • Helps control acne breakouts
  • Improves dry, rough, or oily skin
  • Increases the skin’s hydration
  • May correct pre-cancerous lesions
  • Shrinks enlarged pores
  • Corrects sun damage and age spots
  • Brightens the complexion
  • Safely treats melasma with no heat
  • Promotes new collagen production
  • Enhances self-confidence

Preparing for a Chemical Peel

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

What Happens During a Chemical Peel?

Before your chemical peel begins, we will cleanse your skin to prepare it for treatment. We will then apply the peel directly to your skin, and as it begins to dry, you may experience some tingling or burning. This is normal and means that the peel is doing its job, but do let us know if you’re too uncomfortable. Once the peel has been on your skin for the right amount of time, we will remove it and begin infusing your skin with topical products to enhance your results. 

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Ideal Candidates for a Chemical Peel

Almost anyone is an ideal candidate for a chemical peel. We have a peel for every ethnicity, skin type, and skin condition.

Your candidacy will be reviewed in depth during your private consultation for a chemical peel in Charlotte, NC, but in general, those who make good candidates for a chemical peel are those who are looking for an anti-aging treatment that can address hyperpigmentation, melasma, acne, PIH, uneven skin texture, large pores, fine lines and wrinkles, vertical lip lines, and other signs of age, you may be a great candidate.

Generally, ideal candidates for a chemical peel:

  • Aren’t achieving the results they seek with over-the-counter skincare products
  • Want to prolong the results of other skin rejuvenation procedures
  • Do not have a history of abnormal skin scarring
  • Skin color is I-IV on the Fitzpatrick Scale  

What Happens After a Chemical Peel?

The recovery time for your treatment will depend on the depth of your chemical peel. With a light peel you can return to normal activities right away, whereas a cosmelan® peel will require prolonged healing. After all peels, you’ll need to avoid sun exposure until the redness in your complexion has faded — and going forward, you’ll need to use sunscreen to help preserve and protect your results. 

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Why Choose Beck Aesthetic Surgery?

A chemical peel can shed years of sun damage and aging, helping you to feel more confident in how you look. 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. His background in reconstructive techniques and burn surgery make him the ideal physician to oversee your chemical peel, ensuring it is performed safely and correctly. Dr. Beck is currently a member of The American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the California Society of Plastic Surgeons, and the American College of Surgeons. He is also a frequent guest speaker at professional meetings, as well as a published author of several scholarly works in the field of plastic surgery.

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