Chemical Peels

Dr. Julie Sofer with Center for Cosmetic Surgery, PC offers chemical peel treatments for healthier skin.

Your skin is the largest organ in your body, but it is often taken for granted. Dr. Sofer sees concerns from patients when they begin to notice the negative effects of sun, weather and aging. If you are now suffering the worries of uneven skin pigmentation, leathery texture of your facial skin, fine wrinkles, and blemishes, chemical peels may be the solution for you.

What is a chemical peel?

Chemical peels use solutions of natural acids (AHA, TCA and phenol) to improve and smooth the skin texture by removing the damaged outer layers. They are helpful in removing dark spots of hyperpigmentation, fine lines, and skin damage from old blemishes. The precise formulas of the peel’s acid balance are adjusted according to each patient’s needs by Dr. Sofer.

There are several types of peels that can be considered.

  • Alphahydroxy acids (AHAs) are the mildest peel formulas. They produce a light peel for smoother, brighter looking skin. AHA peels are usually performed as a series of peels in ascending strengths at monthly intervals. A regimen of AHA products including facial cleansers and moisturizers is usually prescribed in conjunction to the peels to protect and improve the skin’s texture.
  • Trichlorocetic Acid (TCA) is used for medium depth peeling. It can remove fine surface wrinkles, superficial blemishes and pigment problems. A TCA peel will cause a reddening of the skin, not unlike sunburn, but the eventual results will be aesthetically dramatic.

Chemical peels are often advertised in beauty salons and spas, but their efficacy is doubtful since the concentration of active ingredients in the peel solutions is much weaker than in a doctor’s office. Due to the complexity of mixing acids to suit all of the unique and varied skin types, chemical peels are best performed in the office of a competent medical doctor such as Dr. Julie Sofer.

Is a chemical peel right for me?

Many people seek chemical peels to address the following:

  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Scaly patches and rough skin
  • Acne and acne scars
  • Brown marks, freckles, and skin pigmentation
  • Age and liver spots (lentigines)
  • Sun-damaged skin on the face or head

If you feel that a peel may be just what you need to change your complexion back into a more youthful look, we invite you to call our office to schedule an appointment with Dr. Julie Sofer to see if chemical peels are for you. Call 248-721-9545 Today!

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