Written by Anza Goodbar (last updated May 27, 2022)
Some states don't require a medical degree to perform chemical peels. Other states have laws that allow non-medical personnel to perform chemical peels but regulate the strength of the solutions they use. While most chemical peels are performed safely, it is possible to have long-lasting effects if the procedure doesn't go as planned.
When deciding whether or not to get a chemical peel, it is always best to seek a physician that is trained in plastic surgery. When consulting with the plastic surgeon discuss expectations of the procedure to determine which type of peel is best suited for your specific situation.
Chemical peels and acid peels both use acids to remove the top layers of skin. An acid peel uses the mildest types of acids like glycolic and alpha hydroxyl acids. Chemical peels using TCA and Phenol will penetrate deeper and provide longer lasting results. Before meeting with a plastic surgeon consider the following comparisons of uses and treatments:
Chemical peels do not prevent the signs of aging and are not a permanent solution to treating wrinkles; however, they are a minimally invasive procedure that can provide noticeable results in the skin's pigmentation and texture. Choosing the right peel depends on many factors so take your time and consider all of the information carefully before committing to a peel.
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