Chemical peels deliver smoother, more radiant skin without surgery

The promise of more beautiful skin appeals to every woman. We deliver that promise at the Cosmetic Surgery Center at UMass Memorial Medical Center by offering two types of chemical peels. From the fairly gentle “lunchtime” peels to the more aggressive “miracle makers,” these procedures brighten and tighten even the most weary complexion. Skin becomes smoother and more pliable, reducing the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and scars.

A chemical peel is a nonsurgical procedure in which the top layers of skin are loosened and peeled away to reveal a more vibrant and even complexion. This may be achieved using a wide variety of chemical exfoliating products, including trichloroacetic acid (TCA). These agents stimulate cell turnover, which allows dead skin to shed more rapidly.

Skin naturally sheds dead cells every day. Over time, however, cell turnover slows down as the aging process sets in. Skin elasticity decreases from sun damage and other environmental exposures. It begins to wrinkle, sag and lose its luster.

The following types of chemical exfoliating peels are most commonly used to rejuvenate and repair aging, damaged skin.

The COOL PEEL for smoother skin
This is a very light TCA peel that can be done quickly and safely every few weeks, if desired. Often called the “lunchtime peel,” this procedure doesn’t cause blistering or leave the skin looking sunburned. Many patients report going right back to work after the procedure with the glow of the peel. Optimum results with the cool peel treatments alone are most often seen with a series of six peels spaced approximately one month apart.

The BAHAMA PEEL for more dramatic results
This is also a TCA peel, but a much stronger concentration (30 to 50 percent) than the cool peel. The Bahama peel produces a skin irritation seven to ten days after the peel. This may include redness and flaking skin. The end result, however, is far more dramatic. It is an effective way to soften and diminish sun-damaged skin.

For more information about chemical peels, please contact the UMass Memorial Cosmetic Surgery Center at 508-334-5990.