While many of our patients have heard the term “chemical peels,” not all of them are clear on what they are. Chemical peels cover a wide range of non-surgical treatments meant to improve the clarity of the skin, the texture and the overall appearance. Much more potent than exfoliation and toning, peels can be used as an alternative to some plastic surgery treatments. At the Center for Cosmetic Eyelid and Laser Surgery in Sacramento, CA, Dr. Craig E. Berris MD offers different chemical peels meant to work with our patients’ custom treatment plans.

It is important to recognize the value of chemical peels because they do provide such a range of outcomes and results. They can be light and mild or deep and more potent. They all remove unwanted compounds and cause the skin to react and regenerate certain tissue and cells. In short, chemical peels are a skin rejuvenating process. Naturally, you will need to speak with Dr. Berris to determine which of our treatments will meet your needs.

We require all of our patients to have this consultation in order to determine the best options. There are some peels that require a few weeks of pre-treatment, and it is important to be aware of this when scheduling your care.

We offer a Obagi Blue Peel that is used for issues such as hyperpigmentation, sun damage, fine lines, acne scarring, light wrinkling and to refresh skin that has dulled. This requires pre-treatment for approximately four weeks in advance.

We also use TCP peels or trichloroacetic acid peels. These are quite strong and can require up to twelve weeks of pre-treatment and a few days of recovery.

Peels are not painful, but they can cause a bit of swelling and redness. This is due to their ability to trigger the skin to rejuvenate and is a sign that it has worked favorably. However, it can make some patients uncomfortable. The post-treatment period for peels requires the application of special compounds that maintain the results and help with healing.

Chemical peels can be seen as an alternative to some plastic surgery options. If you want to learn more about them, or need to discuss your options, give us a call at (916) 929-6707. You can also use our online contact form and one of our staff will get back to you promptly.