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Chemical Peel Overview

Light chemical peels gently exfoliate only the more superficial layers of skin, while medium and deep chemical peels work to more notably reduce the appearance of wrinkles and pigmentation. Although they are the safest option, light chemical peels deliver only minimal results. Only medium and deep peels can produce significant skin renewal. These more intensive treatments, however, are considered a medical procedure, rather than a cosmetic treatment. Medium and deep peel solutions cannot be purchased over the counter or applied by an unlicensed physician.

Light chemical peels produced very minor results, and many patients were afraid to undergo medium to deep chemical face peels because of their perceived complications. So, in combination with a small pharmaceutical company, Dr. Siegel formulated the only non-acid skin peel. By removing the water component and neutralizing the pH, he essentially removed the “burning” component. This allowed for the exclusive development of a treatment that typically causes no discomfort upon application, eliminating the need for sedation or numbing.

At our Houston cosmetic surgery office, Dr. Siegel performs chemical peels using a proprietary blend of pharmaceutical grade and high-purity elements to produce exfoliation, remove skin pigmentation, reduce discoloration, and stimulate collagen to increase the skin’s elasticity. All these, without the burn and prolonged recovery associated with traditional chemical peels, offer stunning results in as short as one week.


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Chemical Peel FAQ's

What is the difference between chemical peels versus laser resurfacing?

Both chemical peels and laser resurfacing seek to rejuvenate the skin by removing dead cells. While a chemical peel does so with a topical solution applied to the face, laser resurfacing uses the power of a laser to revitalize facial skin. Dr. Siegel offers chemical peels with his proprietary formula. He can also perform laser resurfacing, or a laser peel, using his advanced Lumenis® Ultrapulse™ Fractional CO2 laser. If you want to handle the effects of sun exposure or pore size, a laser peel may be more appropriate. If your goal is to reduce the appearance of deep wrinkles or dry skin, a chemical peel could be right for you. However, both treatments offer outstanding anti-aging benefits. Dr. Siegel will help you determine which facial skin procedure best suits your medical needs and aesthetic preferences at your initial consultation.

What can chemical peels remove?

The effects of a chemical peel will depend on your particular cosmetic concerns, skin type, dermatological health, and other factors. This treatment is often effective in reducing the appearance of acne, blackheads, dark spots, sun spots, melasma, and large pores. Dr. Siegel will discuss the outcomes you can expect from your customized chemical peel treatment at your first appointment.

How long should I wait between chemical peels?

There is no standard answer to this question. Since each chemical peel treatment plan is different, so is the timeline for each of these procedures. Typically, you should wait at least two weeks between chemical peels. At your initial consultation, Dr. Siegel will outline your particular chemical peel schedule.

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