Which Chemical Peel Is Right for You?

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Your face helps you make a first impression. If you’re embarrassed about facial flaws, it can be hard to feel confident. You can try creams, cover up with loads of makeup, or you could invest in a skincare treatment that can make your skin go from blemished to beautiful. 

Dr. Kiran Polavarapu at Polavarapu Plastic Surgery believes that you’re most beautiful on the outside when you feel confident on the inside. Here’s how chemical peels can have you looking and feeling glamorous inside and out. 

Chemical peel basics

You might think that chemical peels are a brand new cosmetic procedure, but this beauty technique has been around for thousands of years. You can trace chemical peels back to the ancient Egyptians. They would use lactic acid found in sour milk to smooth and rejuvenate their skin. 

Fast forward to the 19th century when an Austrian dermatologist discovered that chemical peels could treat pigmentation issues like melasma. Chemical peels really started to find their footing in cosmetology in the 1960s, and they’re now an essential part of cosmetic treatments. 

The process is rather straightforward. Dr. Polavarapu applies a chemical solution to your face, which exfoliates the skin and causes dead and damaged skin cells to peel off. You’re left with flawless, smoother, younger-looking skin. 

Chemical peels are virtually painless — you might experience some mild stinging during your treatment. You won’t need to clear your schedule either, because chemical peels don’t typically take longer than 15 minutes. 

Recovering from chemical peels is also quick and easy. It’s common to have some flaking or dryness immediately following your treatment, and we recommend you avoid extraneous exercises and direct or excessive sun exposure. 

Dr. Polavarapu may supplement your normal skincare regimen with special creams and washes depending on your needs, but after a few days of rest, you can resume your normal routines. Of course, it’s always a good idea to apply a layer of sunscreen daily, especially after a chemical peel. 

Now that you know the nuts and bolts of the procedure, it’s time to decide which chemical peel is right for you. 

Your chemical peel options

We offer two different peel formulas that will work for any of your skin concerns: alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) and trichloroacetic acid (TCA). 

Alpha hydroxy acid (AHA)

AHAs are plant- and animal-based acids that are used in many skincare products. Some common AHAs are citric acid found in citrus fruits, and lactic acid, typically found in lactose and other carbohydrates. AHAs increase your collagen production, improve your circulation, and can help your skin absorb other products. 

This peel formula is right for you if your main concerns include:

AHA is a gentle peel, so you may need a few treatments to get the exact results you’re looking for. Talk with Dr. Polavarapu about your goals, and she can determine your optimal treatment plan. 

Trichloroacetic acid (TCA)

TCA is a more potent peel than AHA and is typically used to address problems in the middle layers of your skin. Consider this formula if you want to address issues like:

Another benefit TCA offers that AHA can’t is flexibility. You can get a TCA peel on areas of your body other than your face, like your neck, chest, back, shoulders, and upper arms. This is also a great option if your skin is naturally darker. 

It’s important that if you choose a TCA peel, you tell Dr. Polavarapu of any skin condition like poor wound healing, eczema, psoriasis, or rosacea. If you’re pregnant or breastfeeding, you may want to hold off on having this peel. 

You’ll also want to invest in a good sunscreen, as you’ll need to wear it for the next few months — your skin will be quite vulnerable. 

While it’s good to know your options, an initial consultation with Dr. Polavarpu will determine exactly which peel is best for you, your goals, and your needs. 

There’s no reason to spend another day feeling uncomfortable in the skin you’re in. Come visit us and see how a simple treatment can give you the confidence you’ve only dreamed of. Call our office at 817-615-8576 or schedule an appointment online today to get started.

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