For exfoliation that is slightly deeper than a topical cream, Mayo Clinic-trained, board-certified Nashville plastic surgeon Chad Robbins, M.D., F.A.C.S., recommends a chemical peel for residents in and around Nashville and Franklin, Tennessee. Chemical peels can improve many skin problems, such as acne and sun damage. Chemical peels can also stimulate collagen, thereby reducing mild acne scarring and actually tightening the skin. Chemical peels in Nashville range from light to deep, depending on how far into the skin’s surface they work.
What are Chemical Peels?
Chemical peels are a non-invasive skin rejuvenation procedure that requires no injections or surgery. Using a special medical-grade chemical solution, old and tired layers of skin are removed to allow younger, healthier skin to rise to the surface. Chemical peels are a great option for those with little time for recovery but much desire for softer, younger-looking skin.
Light Chemical Peels in Nashville
The lightest peels address the outermost layers of the skin to give a more refreshed appearance and balance imperfections in skin tone. Common light chemical peels include alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA) and trichloroacetic acid (TCA) peels. There is usually no downtime with a light chemical peel, and since discomfort is minimal during treatment, anesthesia is not typically necessary.
Medium Chemical Peels in Nashville
The medium peel digs deeper than the light chemical peel to treat acne scars, uneven pigmentation and improve the texture and tone of the skin by smoothing out fine lines. Medium peels use trichloroacetic acid (TCA) to provide these more dramatic results without the recovery time required by a deep chemical peel. Because a TCA medium peel delivers results beyond that of a light peel with a relatively short recovery time, they are often considered an excellent approach for treating common skin conditions and imperfections.
Deep Chemical Peels in Nashville
Deep chemical peels remove more layers of the epidermis to achieve more dramatic results. Deep peels, also called phenol peels, use a chemical called phenol that is stronger and, therefore, more effective than AHA or TCA. Phenol peels can be effective in reducing fine lines and wrinkles, age spots, and moderate sun damage. They require more recovery time than lighter peels and are applied using a local anesthetic, often with sedation.
Chemical Peel Candidates
The most dramatic results are typically achieved on light-skinned and light-haired individuals, but the procedure may be used on nearly any candidate desiring treatment for wrinkles, lines, poor complexion, or skin discoloration. Some individuals may require more comprehensive treatments to meet their goals, which can be determined by scheduling a consultation with board-certified Nashville plastic surgeon Dr. Chad Robbins.
Preparing for your Chemical Peel Procedure
You will first prepare for your chemical peel by scheduling a consultation with Dr. Robbins. During this consultation, Dr. Robbins examines your skin and listens to your goals to determine if the chemical peel is the right treatment for you.
The results of a chemical peel last for one to several years, depending on the range of peel selected. Dr. Robbins helps determine the appropriate outcome during your informational consultation.
Cost of Chemical Peels in Nashville
The cost of your chemical peel treatment varies depending on the selected depth and number of desired treatments. As most insurance plans do not cover the cost of cosmetic procedures, Dr. Robbins’ office offers an array of payment methods including financing via CareCredit®, credit card, personal check, and cash. Contact a member of his Nashville, TN office today for further information on the cost of chemical peels in Nashville.