Types of Chemical Peels

A chemical peel uses a chemical solution to smooth the texture of your skin, revealing clearer, even, more radiant skin. The goal of a peel is to reveal a new layer of healthy skin cells. Chemical peels should be performed by a well trained professional who can customize the peel for your skin type.

Chemical peels are one of the most popular non-invasive cosmetic procedures performed to rejuvenate the skin’s appearance. There are many different types of peeling solutions such as: Glycolic Acid, Pyruvic Acid, Salicylic Acid, Trichloracetic Acid, Lactic, Phytic, Resorcinol and Jessner’s Solution. During your peel, a chemical solution will be applied to the skin and will be left on for a varying amount of time. This will depend on the depth of the peel. With a mild peel, the skin will become dry, tight and sometimes swell. Within two to three days you will experience peeling, which can last up to five days. When having a deeper peel, you can have swelling, redness, tight dry skin followed by the skin scaling and peeling. This is all a normal part of the peeling experience. The deeper the peel, the more peeling you will have and the longer the process will take. It is very important to follow the home care instructions given to you by your skin care specialist.

The Obagi Blue Peel

The Center for Cosmetic Eyelid and Laser Surgery is an Authorized Obagi Medical Practice
What is a Blue Peel? This is an in-office peel procedure performed by a professionally trained specialist. The design of the Blue Peel is to significantly improve the appearance and health of your skin. A mixture of TCA and Obagi Blue Peel base, is prepared for your skin at the time of the peel. One to three layers may be applied to your skin determined by how your skin reacts to each application. Your specialist will know the appropriate number of layers to use for maximum results. The Blue Peel is a very effective procedure that dramatically reduces wrinkles and causes the skin to tighten. This process also smooth’s surface skin, improves skin tone and color as well as diminishes pore size. The Blue Peel can be performed on the neck, chest, back, arms, hands and legs.

This highly effective peel treats:

• Hyperpigmentation • Fine lines
• Sun damage • Tightens the skin
• Uneven pigmentation • Acne scars
• Wrinkles • Dull looking skin

Please note that a consultation and Pre-treatment is REQUIRED for a Blue Peel.

Why are Consultations Needed Before a Peel?

The Center for Cosmetic Eyelid and Laser Surgery wants you to be aware of any condition that would require oral medication before or after the peel. We will also assess your skin and put you on the appropriate pre-treatment system and also determine if the Blue Peel is the right peel for you. We will give you give you the required forms to fill out and discuss the Blue Peel protocol. This avoids any last minute surprises that would keep you from having the peel. We want you Blue Peel experience to be successful. Consultations are complimentary.

Basic pre-treatment is a must for a successful Blue Peel. Pre-treatment time for a Blue Peel is a minimum of 4 weeks and is determined by the condition of your skin and desired results. A pre-treatment system will be designed for you to take home and it will also be your post-treatment system to maintain optimal results.

TCA Peel (Trichloroacetic Acid)

TCA peels are stronger than glycolic peels and are most commonly used for medium-depth peels. The goal is to peel the epidermis which will reveal new skin that is healthier and tighter. This peel requires 4 to 12 weeks of pre-treatment. Depending on the condition of the skin and the goal of the peel, recovery time can be from 5 to 10 days.

Please not that a consultation and Pre-treatment is REQUIRED for a TCA Peel.

Contact Dr. Craig Berris to Discuss Chemical Peels

Many types of chemical peels require visiting with the doctor before the procedure. If you’re interested in getting a chemical peel, contact Dr. Berris’ Sacramento office to schedule a consultation. We look forward to serving your plastic surgery needs.


Center for Cosmetic Eyelid & Laser Surgery
Craig E. Berris, M.D., F.A.C.S.
77 Scripps Drive, Suite 201
Sacramento , CA 95825
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From first appointment for evaluation, staff getting authorization for upper eyelid surgery and forehead lift, and then to surgery, all staff were so helpful, courteous, and caring. I would refer others to Dr. Craig Berris.