Chemical Peel

Surgeons and dermatologists have been using chemical peels for many years, but the latest chemical peels Maryland cosmetic surgeon Dr. Will offers are more advanced. They’ve become more effective, more comfortable and, therefore, more popular. The purpose is to exfoliate the skin and accelerate the regeneration of new cells. We encourage you learn more about chemical peels in Frederick, MD and the surrounding area.

Chemical Peels at Will Surgical Arts in Maryland

There are deep peels, medium peels, and light peels. The deep peels are comparable to laser resurfacing or dermabrasion, and often used to treat conditions like:

  • photoaging
  • wrinkles around the mouth
  • acne scars
  • precancerous skin lesions

Light chemical peels are intended to remove superficial imperfections with less downtime involved. They may be done in a series, requiring separate visits in 2-week intervals. Some of the most common chemicals used in a chemical peel include the following:

  • TCA – Trichloroacetic Acid
  • Glycolic acid
  • Salicylic acid
  • Phenol
  • Alpha-hydroxy acid
  • Pyruvic acid
  • Jessner’s solution

At Will Surgical Arts, we have found that chemical peel formulas using the first 3 types – TCA, glycolic acid, and salicylic acid – offer the ideal combination of measurable results and patient comfort.

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How is a chemical peel performed?

Applying a chemical peel first involves deciding on the right formula for a particular patient and their skin type. When a formula has been chosen based on the patient’s unique needs and aesthetic goals, it is applied to the face with cotton applicators, starting on the forehead and gradually covering the face and frequently the neck area as well. It stings initially, but most patients adjust to it quickly. Pain medications administered through IV sedation are sometimes used to minimize discomfort experienced during some deeper peels. The procedure can take 20 minutes to over an hour, depending on the depth of penetration needed and the type of peel.

After the Chemical Peel

After a chemical peel, patients may experience some redness, dryness, and flaking. People often say it is similar to sunburn. It takes about a week for the new skin to emerge, but after healing, you’ll exhibit a healthy, fresh complexion and have fewer blemishes.

Dr. Will and his staff are eager to discuss your options for a chemical peel in Frederick and the surrounding area. Contact Will Surgical Arts in Maryland to schedule your appointment today. Our cosmetic surgery practice is located in Ijamsville, MD, a short drive for residents of Frederick, MD and the Washington, DC metro area. Call (301) 874-1707 to learn more about chemical peels.

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Meet Doctor Will

Dr. Michael J. Will cosmetic surgeon Maryland received his bachelor’s degree from Washington and Jefferson College, his dental degree from Georgetown University and his medical degree from the University of Texas.

He completed his General Surgery and Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery training at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas. Dr. Will also completed a General Cosmetic Surgery fellowship at the Cosmetic Surgery Center in Little Rock, Arkansas.

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