Chemical Peels

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Dr. Lee Discusses Chemical Peels


chemical peels san diegoChange the Look of Sun Damaged and Aging Skin with Chemical Peels


Chemical peels address the common signs of aging and sun damage by resurfacing the skin with a chemical solution. Depending on the strength of the peel, light exfoliation to significant skin sloughing can occur. At Changes Plastic Surgery & Spa, we offer an esthetician-administered light Jessner’s peel,a Nurse-administered light to medium peel, as well as deeper, more intensive peels with TCA and Croton Oil which are performed by Dr. Gilbert Lee.

Chemical peels are effective on:

    • Pre cancerous lesions such as actinic keratoses
    • Fine to medium depth wrinkles
    • Hyperpigmentation
    • Sun spots
    • Uneven texture
    • Enlarged pores


Down-time associated with a light chemical peel such as a Jessner’s peel is minimal. Some patients may not experience any significant peeling, although there is always exfoliation at a cellular level. Repeated treatments may be recommended with very light peels.

Deeper chemical peels such as TCA and phenol peels will result in significant skin peeling. Post treatment swelling is to be expected and oozing can potentially occur. Proper care of the skin is required during healing. You will be prescribed an anti-viral medication to take prior to your peel. Post peel, you will be instructed to apply vinegar and water soaks to cool the skin and control the itching associated with healing. Your practitioner may recommend a post peel product for moisturizing and hydrocortisone to suppress potential inflammation. Protection from sun exposure is paramount during the healing period and wearing a hat is strongly recommended.

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