Chemical Peel

At Buckhead Plastic Surgery, Atlanta

As you examine your skin in the mirror, you may see certain signs of aging, whether you're 30 or 60. Based on exposure to the elements and your age, your skin can begin to show the effects of years of exposure. This can manifest itself in the form of wrinkles, age spots, uneven skin and other bothersome traits.

With a chemical peel, the outer damaged layers of your skin are removed to unveil fresh, clear skin cells below. After you have healed from your chemical peel, your skin will look refreshed, younger and healthier.

Deciding if You Are Right for a Chemical Peel

A chemical peel is a topical solution that is applied to your face, neck, chest and/or hands to slough off the outer dead skin cells. This allows the new skin cells beneath to come to the surface, improving the appearance of your skin. Dr. Alan N. Larsen and his staff use the TCA (Trichloroacetic Acid) Obagi Blue Peel. This type of chemical peel enables the physician to control the depth of the peel to achieve optimal results and is appropriate for all skin types.

Light discoloration or spots may be corrected with one or two peels. It will take an average of two to three peels to obtain maximum desired improvement in wrinkles, scars or large pores. Deep pigmentation or spots may need 6-8 peels to achieve improvements.

Designer Peels

The Designer Peels are safe, effective, and versatile. These peels can be used alone or in conjunction with other treatments depending on their strength. With these peels and proper skin care we can help you maintain a beautiful complexion and the integrity of your skin. These peels are used to help reduce fine lines, wrinkles, scars, smooth a rough skin texture, help fade discoloration, assist in clearing acne-blemished skin, soothe and calm redness and irritation, and provide an all over skin rejuvenation.

These peels are customized to your individual needs and concerns regarding your skin condition. The more progressed your skin condition, the deeper or more aggressive skin treatment is needed. Below is a list and explanation of the Designer Peels.

Skin Renewal Level 1 - Light Exfoliation - Shows immediate improvement resulting in a more radiant complexion with no disruption in a patient's schedule.

Skin Renewal Level 2 - Medium Exfoliation - Shows immediate improvement, however the best results are seen after about three days. The skin may shed its outer layer, resulting in a more dramatic result.

Skin Renewal Level 3 - Deep Exfoliation - (Basal Layer) This peel will provide complete epidermal rejuvenation in approximately seven days. During the skin renewal process, the patient's skin generally eliminates most damaged and dysfunctional skin cells from the epidermis. This peel will cause stimulation and migration of new skin cells.

Skin Renewal Level 4 - Medical Grade Exfoliation - This eliminates damaged and dysfunctional skin cells of the epidermis and papillary dermis. It stimulates the skin's own repair mechanisms to promote new collagen and elastin in the dermis. This will cause the skin to firm up over time and diminish wrinkles and scars. It is recommended the skin be prepped six weeks prior to this peel.

Designer Depigmentation Treatments

These peels can be used on the face and the body and are safe for all skin types. These treatments will show immediate skin lightening without peeling. Best results occur if used with Microdermabrasion and/or Dermaplaning.

Pigment Prep - used on all skin types – excellent as a degreaser, melanin suppressor, and pigment lightener.

Clear and Fade - excellent for sensitive skin to help lighten hyperpigmentation without irritation.

Pigment Punch - excellent for oily/acneic skin. Helps clear, fade, and prevent acne lesions, ingrown hairs and associated post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation.

Fade and Firm - excellent for mature, hyperpigmented, and environmentally damaged, non-acneic, and non-sensitive skin.

How It's Done

In performing a chemical peel in Atlanta, a low concentration of the peeling agent TCA is mixed with a special base prior to its application. Depending upon the condition of your skin, up to four coats of the Obagi Blue Peel will be applied. One to two coats will provide the exfoliation and is limited to the epidermis. Three to four coats will reach the papillary dermis and is considered a light peel. Most people will not require sedation. If the doctor indicates sedation, you will need someone to drive you home. A bluish tint will remain on your skin and will usually wash off within 12-24 hours.

What to Expect from a Chemical Peel

Your skin will begin to peel within 2-4 days and should be healed in an average of seven to 10 days after your Obagi Blue Peel. In most cases, this peeling should not disrupt your normal lifestyle. The best time to judge the results of the Obagi Blue Peel is 3-4 weeks after complete healing.


The most common risks associated with chemical peels are mild and temporary and may include flaking, redness or dryness of the skin. In some cases, a chemical peel may change the pigment of your skin and remove freckles.

Complementary Procedures

Atlanta plastic surgeon Dr. Larsen offers a range of options for rejuvenating your skin, in addition to chemical peels. These options may include dermabrasion or microdermabrasion, laser skin resurfacing or dermaplaning techniques.

Learn More About Chemical Peels

To learn more about chemical peels in the Buckhead business district of North Atlanta, please contact the practice of Dr. Alan N. Larsen. You can call us today at (404) 367‐9005.