Chemical Peels Procedure
A skin consultation with Dr. Sofonio is necessary to determine the type of solution appropriate for the patient’s skin condition. In a light chemical peel, alpha- and beta hydroxy acids such as glycolic acid and salicylic acid are used to exfoliate the epidermis.
Trichloroacetic acid is used in a medium chemical peel to remove the epidermis and the middle part of the dermis, while phenol, the strongest solution used in chemical peels, is used to penetrate into the deepest layers of the skin.
Generally, the patient’s face is cleansed, and the chemical solution is brushed onto the skin, remaining for 10 to 60 minutes depending on the type of chemical peel. The solution is then neutralized and washed off the skin. During the treatment, patients may experience burning and stinging sensations for a few minutes.