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Chemical Peels

Erase and Peel Away Imperfections for Glowing Skin

Chemical peels are safe and effective ways to improve and rejuvenate your skin’s appearance by exfoliating the surface. These treatments are great for patients concerned about wrinkles, uneven skin tone, fine lines, dark spots, hyperpigmentation, or acne scars.

If you live in Metairie or New Orleans, Louisiana, Dr. Ali Sadeghi can help identify your skin goals and recommend the best skin chemical peel to get you long-lasting and effective results.

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What Are Chemical Peels?

Chemical peels resurface the skin by applying a solution to either the face, hands, neck, chest, etc., which penetrates deep into the skin to strip it of its uppermost layers.

The process removes damaged cells and stimulates natural skin regeneration to produce younger, healthier, smoother, and more vibrant skin.

Who Can Benefit From a Chemical Peel?

While almost anyone can benefit from a chemical peel, you may consider one if you have these specific concerns:

  • Fine lines around the mouth or eyes
  • Hyperpigmentation, including age spots, sun damage, or uneven skin tone
  • Wrinkles
  • Scarring
  • Freckles
  • Acne

Chemical peels stimulate the skin’s natural production of collagen and hyaluronic acid. Additionally, they allow your skin to react to skin-care products more effectively, as your skin is clear of any damaged or dead cells that obstruct products from penetrating it.


How Do Chemical Peels Work?

The chemical solutions used work to remove damaged skin cells and stimulate new growth.

Chemical peels are categorized into three variations: mild or superficial, medium, and deep.

The deeper the penetration of the chemicals, the greater the risk of pigmentation or scarring. Avoiding the sun and wearing sunblock is extremely important even after you heal, which Dr. Sadeghi can discuss once you decide the peel that is right for you.

Chemical peels usually take between 30 and 90 minutes to complete.

Glycolic Peel

A glycolic peel is a superficial chemical peel. This in-office procedure uses a diluted acid that penetrates the skin to remove its outer layers.

The treatment can be used on a patient’s hands, neck, chest, and face and is used to treat:

    • Dryness
    • Hyperpigmentation
    • Acne
    • Wrinkles

After the skin has been cleaned, the acid is applied and left for several minutes. There may be mild discomfort that feels like stinging, but it should pass once the chemical is neutralized with a saline solution and wiped away.

Over the next few days, patients may experience flaking and dryness, but applying petroleum jelly helps. Wearing sunscreen after the procedure is extremely important as your skin will be more sensitive to sunlight.

Trichloroacetic Acid (TCA) Peel

A TCA peel is a medium chemical peel that penetrates the skin deeper than a mild peel. This can be applied to the face, neck, chest, shoulders, or back.

TCA chemical peels can treat:

    • Deep fine lines
    • Wrinkles
    • Hyperpigmentation and dark spots
    • Acne

Once the skin has been cleaned, a chemical exfoliant is brushed on and left for at least fifteen minutes.

During this time, a patient may experience a stinging or burning sensation, and the treatment area may change color. Once the chemical is neutralized with a saline solution and wiped away, the burning sensation should subside.

Following a TCA chemical peel, a patient may see redness in the face and skin flaking, which can take up to two weeks to subside. Petroleum jelly can keep skin moist and limited exposure to the sun with sunscreen is critical.

Phenol Peel

Deep chemical peels are only done on the face as they penetrate several layers of skin to tackle concerns such as:

    • Age signs
    • Deep wrinkles
    • Sun damage
    • Scars
    • Pre-cancerous growths

Because phenol is a strong chemical, there is a pre-treatment period lasting up to two months. This is needed to prepare the skin. Additionally, local anesthesia and sedation can be used to manage any discomfort as the phenol is brushed onto the skin.

The procedure can take up to two hours, and a burning sensation may occur. The skin may turn a greyish color before it is neutralized with water. An ointment will be used on your skin to protect it once the procedure is done.

Recovery takes anywhere from seven to 14 days, during which a patient may deal with peeling, swelling, and redness. Pain management can be administered during this time.

Mandelic Acid Peel

Derived from bitter almonds, Mandelic acid is an alpha-hydroxy acid.

Considered a mild peel and excellent for sensitive skin, this peel can tackle concerns such as:

    • Fine lines
    • Wrinkles
    • Acne
    • Dark spots
    • Uneven skin tone

Mandelic acid is applied to the skin for 10 minutes, during which time a patient may experience some stinging.

Once complete, a patient may experience flaking, but newer, smoother, and glowing skin will be noticeable soon.

Salicylic Acid Peel

A natural substance found in willow bark, salicylic acid is a beta-hydroxy acid (BHA) that works on:

    • Acne
    • Dark spots
    • Sunspots
    • Freckles

Salicylic acid is a mild or medium peel. Once the skin is cleansed, the acid can be applied. This can be layered, depending on your skin goals. Some redness or tingling may be experienced before the peel is neutralized and wiped away. This solution is usually left on for three to five minutes.

A patient will immediately notice a brighter complexion but may experience flaking over the following two to four days. As always, limited sun exposure and sunscreen.

Pyruvic Acid Peel

Pyruvic acid is an alpha-keto-acid that can be used as a superficial or medium peel.

It primarily treats signs of aging such as:

    • Wrinkles
    • Fine lines
    • Blemishes
    • Acne
    • Dark spots
    • Large pores

Once the skin is cleansed, Pyruvic acid is applied to the face and left for one to three minutes before it is neutralized and wiped away. Most patients do not feel any discomfort post-treatment and enjoy smoother, more even skin.

ZO® 3-Step Peel

Known as the “red carpet peel,” the ZO® 3-step peel was created by dermatologist Dr. Zein Obagi. It has very little downtime and minimal flaking or redness post-treatment.

It is conducted in three steps to tackle:

    • Wrinkles and fine lines
    • Hyperpigmentation and uneven skin tone
    • Acne
    • Sun damage
    • Dullness
    • Large pores

The skin is cleansed and prepped using ZO® products before the peel is brushed onto the face. The chemical is left on for two to four minutes, during which a patient may feel some discomfort.

After the peel, retinol cream and a calming solution is applied for hydration. The cream should be reapplied five hours later. Patients may experience peeling, tightness, and some swelling for a few days.


How Much Do Chemical Peels Cost in New Orleans?

The cost of your chemical peel will vary depending on the type and strength of the peel chosen. The team at the Sadeghi Center for Plastic Surgery will provide you with a price estimate during your consultation.

Some patients choose to follow up their chemical peel treatment with other non-surgical facial enhancement treatments, such as medical spa treatments or injectables like dermal fillers or BOTOX® Cosmetic. Note: These procedures will not be performed at the same time as your peel.

Interested in Chemical Peels in New Orleans, LA?

If you are looking to restore glowing, more youthful-looking skin, a chemical peel may be for you. Contact the Sadeghi Center for Plastic Surgery by calling (504) 322-7435 or fill out our online contact form.