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The various types of chemical peels available for skin rejuvenation

Chemical peels are a great way for patients to enhance their skin’s texture, tone, and overall appearance. However, many patients in the area of Maple Valley, WA might avoid asking Dr. Cynthia Cote about them because they may be intimidated by the idea of using chemicals to stimulate skin cell turnover. Fortunately, the team at MD Cote offers a variety of chemical peel choices for patients to consider to ensure they pick the one that meets their needs best.

What types of chemical peels are available?

There are a variety of chemical peels available on the market today. The most common type is glycolic acid peel, which is used to improve the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, and age spots. Other types of chemical peels include trichloroacetic acid (TCA) peels, salicylic acid peels, lactic acid peels, and phenol peels. Each type of peel has its own advantages and disadvantages, so it’s important to consult with our team at MD Cote to determine which type is right for you. Some are mild and require several treatments to see significant results, while others are stronger and only need one treatment to achieve dramatic changes. Milder peels require no downtime or recovery while more aggressive peels can cause significant peeling and flaking that require some time off work and social activities to ensure proper healing and recovery.

What can I expect during a chemical peel?

During a glycolic acid peel, your skin will be cleansed and then a solution containing glycolic acid will be applied to your skin. You may feel a tingling or burning sensation during the procedure, but this is normal. The peel will then be removed after a few minutes, and you will notice that your skin looks smoother and brighter.

How often should I get a chemical peel?

The frequency of your chemical peels will depend on the type of peel you’re using and your individual skin needs. Glycolic acid peels can be done every two to four weeks, while TCA peels should only be done once every six to eight weeks.

How do I learn more about chemical peels?

Dr. Cynthia Cote and her team at MD Cote of Maple Valley, WA encourage patients to call 425-413-8292 to request a consultation appointment and initial evaluation at our practice to determine candidacy for this or other cosmetic and medical services available.

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