Over time, the skin tends to lose its youthful glow. Harmful skincare products, environmental toxins and the natural aging process can make the skin look dull and worn. A chemical peel is designed to refresh your profile by removing the outermost layer of skin to reveal new, healthier tissue. At his clinic in Katy, TX, Dr. John Freeman performs the chemical peel for patients seeking to rejuvenate their skin and restore a smoother, more radiant complexion.

What is a Chemical Peel?

A chemical peel is a minimally invasive rejuvenation technique used to improve the texture of the skin. This procedure works to remove dead and damaged cells by lifting away the surface layer and exposing healthier tissue. Over time, the body’s natural processes that keep the skin hydrated and firm begin to slow down. As a result, fine lines and blemishes form and the skin can begin to appear dull, often leading to a prematurely aged and fatigued appearance. Chemical peels use a formulated solution to address these concerns and revitalize your complexion. These treatments vary in strength, from light peels to deeper, more aggressive ones. Facial restoration expert Dr. John Freeman usually treats his patients with peels of a medium-strength, known as TCA chemical peels.

What is a TCA Chemical Peel?

Chemical peels at the medium level use a non-toxic agent called trichloroacetic acid (TCA) to gently penetrate the skin. This procedure is used to address various skin concerns, from sun damage to facial scarring, by removing these layers of damaged skin. The chemical peel can be customized to your needs by adjusting the concentration of TCA, which Dr. Freeman will determine after examining your skin and current condition. Medium peels are typically performed to address lines and wrinkles, uneven skin pigment, scars and blemishes, and even dark circles under the eyes.

How is a TCA Chemical Peel Performed?

The chemical peel procedure will vary for each patient, depending on their skin type and needs. In your consultation, Dr. Freeman will carefully analyze your skin and consider your concerns to design a treatment plan tailored to your cosmetic goals. Before the peel is applied, your face will be cleansed thoroughly to remove any dirt or oil, allowing the solution to penetrate more evenly. The peeling solution is then applied for a set time, during which patients usually experience a slight burning or stinging sensation that lasts from 5 to 10 minutes. Since medium peels target the layer underneath the skin surface, a local anesthetic or light sedation may be used to ensure your comfort throughout the process.

What are the Benefits of a TCA Chemical Peel?

While light peels are often superficial and deeper peels more aggressive, TCA chemical peels provide an ideal balance between skin penetration, patient comfort, and quality of results. Beyond enhancing your overall appearance, this procedure can help to:

  • Treat sun-damaged skin
  • Even out blotchy areas
  • Lighten facial birthmarks
  • Smoothen texture
  • Lighten acne scarring
  • Soften blemishes
  • Smoothen out fine lines
  • Restore youth and radiance

What to Expect After Your Treatment

After your TCA peel, you may experience some mild swelling and discomfort. You will also notice a light crust forming over the surface of your skin, which will gradually flake off within one week. For this reason, medium peels generally require a downtime period of five to seven days. Dr. Freeman will walk you through all the aftercare requirements to ensure you are fully aware of how to care for your skin and achieve optimal results. Once the crust flakes off, the new skin underneath may initially appear light pink or red. However, as your skin continues to heal, you will notice a dramatic improvement in the tone and texture of your face. The result will be a smoother, healthier and more radiant complexion.

Which Chemical Peel is Right for You?

Chemical peels come in a variety of strengths and concentrations of acid. Light peels use mild acids and are more superficial, making them more suitable for those with minor skin imperfections or those seeking a minimally invasive way to refresh their skin. Medium peels are more effective for those with mild to moderate skin concerns, including sun damage, fine lines and facial scarring. Since medium peels penetrate the skin more deeply, they can produce more dramatic and satisfying results.

Deep chemical peels are the most aggressive option of the three. These peels use phenol to repair severely sun-damaged skin and eliminate deep wrinkles and scars. Though the results are dramatic, deep peels require a longer downtime period and can irritate some skin types. Before considering a chemical peel, it is crucial to check with a trained and experienced specialist to ensure you choose the treatment that is safe and most suitable for you.

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