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Everything You Need to Know about Chemical Peels

Facials & Chemical Peels in Boston, MA

Chemical peels have easily made their way into one of the top non-surgical cosmetic procedures in the nation. That being said, there are still a ton of misconceptions about the treatment. The team at Suite Six wanted to give you the ultimate guide to chemical peels, so you know exactly what you can expect when you come in for treatment.

What Exactly are Chemical Peels?

Chemical peels are non-invasive, non-surgical cosmetic treatments that gently exfoliate and resurface the skin for a beautiful, glowing complexion. Chemical peels start with applying a chemical solution to the treatment area, typically the face, neck or décolletage. After letting the chemical solution sit on the face for a few minutes, the chemical solution will be wiped away and replaced with a neutralizing solution. This solution stops the chemical peel from doing its job, and starts your healing process. Chemical peels typically use glycolic acid, trichloroacetic acid, salicylic acid, lactic acid, or carbolic acid (phenol) to treat your problem areas. For skin types over a Fitzpatrick four, this treatment is safer and recommended over IPL treatments. 

What are Chemical Peels Good For?

Chemical peels are great for treating the following skin concerns:

  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Hyperpigmentation or redness
  • Brown spots and age spots
  • Acne scarring
  • Enlarged pores
  • Uneven skin texture

Can You See Results After Just One Chemical Peel?

The answer to this question is yes, but the amount of results you see will depend on the type of peel you choose to receive. Chemical peels often come in three different levels – light, medium and deep. The chemical peel treatments we offer at Suite Six Medical Aesthetics tend to be on the light to medium side, meaning they’re great for all skin types and skin tones. You will be able to see visible results after just one chemical peel treatment, but we may recommend getting a series of chemical peels spaced several weeks apart for ultimate results.

How Often Should I Get a Chemical Peel?

How often you should consider getting a chemical peel also depends on how deep your chemical peel is. While light chemical peels can be repeated about every four to six weeks, deeper chemical peels should only be done once a year to let the skin fully heal and recover. The best way to find out how often you should come in for a chemical peel treatment is by coming in for a consultation with one of our expert team members.

Are you unsure which chemical peel treatment is right for you? Contact us today to schedule your one-on-one consultation with one of our expert team members. They’ll be happy to go through each treatment option for you and develop a personalized treatment plan to help you reach your ultimate aesthetic goals. In light of recent events, we are also happy to offer virtual consultations. This allows you to get all of your questions answered from the comfort and safety of your very own home.