Chemical Peel

Dramatic Chemical Peel Results in Chevy Chase & Washington, D.C.

A chemical peel removes the outermost layers of skin using a chemical solution. This reveals fresh, new skin, often with fewer wrinkles and a more even skin tone. Our patients love the non-surgical facial rejuvenation they achieve with chemical peel treatments at Capital Facial Plastic Surgery in Chevy Chase and the Washington, D.C. areas.

Chemical Peel Basics

Chemical peels have been a staple treatment in the aesthetic industry for more than 100 years. As advancements in the industry continue, chemical peels have become more effective with less post-procedure discomfort. They have remained a popular choice for their consistent and effective results. This procedure is non-surgical and minimally invasive, allowing you to discover your best look without a lengthy recovery period.

Dr. Singleton uses exclusively PCA Skin chemical peels. PCA Skin has been at the forefront of chemical peeling for the past 25 years, and has pioneered enhanced Jessner’s Peels and retinol peels. Dr. Singleton loves PCA peels because they offer fantastic results with minimal downtime. 

Chemical Peel Treatment at Capital Facial Plastic Surgery

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Dr. Singleton performs all chemical peels in a private treatment area at our luxurious Chevy Chase office. We offer both light and light to medium depth peels. The treatment process is similar for all the peels we offer and requires three distinct steps.

  • Cleanse: To prepare the skin for a chemical peel, it is gently cleansed. This removes surface dirt and oils so the peel can penetrate more evenly. 
  • Application of Chemical Solution: The peel solution is brushed onto the skin and left in place for a few minutes. Patients report a tingling, burning, or stinging sensation. Generally, deeper peels yield a stronger sensation.
  • Correction and Protection: After the solution has worked its magic, corrective serums are applied that are hand-picked in a custom regimen by Dr. Singleton to treat your various skin concerns. SPF 45 is then applied to protect this skin after the patient leaves the office

All patients who have a chemical peel receive a one week post-peel skin care regiment to follow. Our chemical peel patients come to us with a variety of skin concerns. We offer several different peels to address these varying needs. 

Our chemical peels include:

The modified and enhanced Jessner’s peel from PCA Skin is a type of light, superficial peel. This means that it only removes the outer layer of skin to provide a light exfoliation. The peel can treat uneven pigmentation, dryness, acne, and mild wrinkling. This is a gentle, all-purpose peel with a minor recovery and no downtime. For patients with pigmentary concerns, a skin lightening agent can be used with these peels to lighten discolorations on the skin. 

Our superficial TCA peel is another option for a light chemical peel. Using the PCA Skin Sensi Peel or Ultra Peel, Dr. Singleton can treat uneven skin tone and is very popular with our patients who have acne and breakouts. Patients can return to work and other activities immediately after treatment. Redness, skin flaking, and irritation are common for the first day after the procedure. Superficial to medium depth peel can be achieved with the Ultra Peel Forte, and prescription strength peeling agent. More redness and flaking is expected with this peel, but a larger improvement in skin quality can also be seen. 

Retinol peels contain large amounts of Vitamin A, a scientifically proven treatment for increased skin cell turnover and dramatic improvement in skin quality. Retinol peels do not produce the warmth and tingling that Jessner’s and TCA produced, but still result in significant improvement in skin conditions like acne, fine wrinkles and discolorations. 

We’ll work with you to choose a peel and treatment schedule for your skin concerns.

Schedule a Consultation

If you have any questions about a procedure or wish to schedule a consultation with Dr. Singleton, please contact our office.

Schedule a Consultation

If you have any questions about a procedure or wish to schedule a consultation with Dr. Singleton, please contact our office.

Recovery After a Chemical Peel

Recovery experiences after a chemical peel will vary. Patients who receive a medium depth peel will typically have stronger post-procedure effects than patients who receive a lighter peel. We’ll tell you what to expect before your treatment.

Common side effects after a chemical peel include:

  • Redness that may last for a day
  • Dryness
  • Flaking or peeling skin
  • Changes in skin color or tone
  • Stinging

These side effects are the worst on the day of treatment and fade quickly after. With lighter peels, many patients return to work immediately after treatment.

The skin will be more sensitive after a peel, especially during sun exposure. Limit your time in the sun and generously apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen. It is also important to keep the skin properly moisturized. We give each patient detailed information about recovery after the procedure as well as a post-peel skin care kit.

Common Questions About Chemical Peels

Learn more about the chemical peel by paying us a visit at Capital Facial Plastic Surgery. We love teaching new and seasoned patients about the benefits of this transformative skincare treatment. We’re sharing answers to common questions about chemical peels below. Reach out if you don’t see your question on the list and we’ll happily answer it for you.

The chemical peel remains on the skin for a very short period of time, often just 2-3 minutes. During this time, you may experience tingling, burning, or stinging sensations. Most patients find the procedure slightly uncomfortable, but very tolerable for a few minutes. Medium depth peels are generally more uncomfortable than our light peels. And with the use of an air chiller on the skin during the treatment, most patients feel that the treatment has minimal discomfort.

Patients report an improvement in their skin’s appearance almost immediately after a peel. Redness can occur at first and usually resolves within a day, but after a few days, your skin will look brighter, smoother, and more radiant.

Darker skin tones can safely receive chemical peels. Dr. Singleton often recommends a superficial peel for darker skinned patients since the risk of complications and discoloration is lower.

Chemical peels offer dramatic improvement to the skin’s color, quality, and appearance. Call Dr. Adam Singleton in the Washington, D.C. area for your next chemical peel treatment.