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Tuesday, November 6. 2018

Do Dermatologists still perform Chemical peels? YES TCA peel, Jessner peels, Glycolic peel, Phenol peel

Chemical peels

I have 30 different laser and light sources but still use a variety of chemical peels at my office.

Some patients don’t respond well to lasers and have a better experience with chemical peels.

Chemical peels are generally speaking milder and more superficial than lasers.

The drawback is that here is no heat (as is the case with lasers) and not a drastic tightening.

On the other hand certain conditions such as Melasma do respond better to a series of less invasive chemical peels.

We offer:

  1. Glycolic facial peels (10%, 20%, 30%, 50%, and 70%)
  2. TCA peels (Tri- Chlro-Acetic Acid) 10%, 20%, 30%, 50%
  3. Jessner peels
  4. Phenol  Peels

Glycolic peels are mild and basically have little to no downtime.

TCA and Jessner peels are considered medium depth peels and help with fine lines, discolorations, and sun spots such as Actinic and Seberrhoic Keratosis. Phenol peels are rarely done these days. It can be toxic to the kidneys and the healing time can be several weeks.

Lasers are much more effective and safer than Penol Peels. The reason for this is that lasers have a very predictable and controlable depth of penetration.

I always ask my patients about history of cold sores. When performing a medium or deep peel the patient may need to be pre-medicated with an antiviral medication such as Acyclovir.

Chemical peels can be combined with other procedures such as laser or Ultrasound tightening and more. Finally; chemical peels can be very affordable. Glycolic peels are $150 and full face TCA peels of face, neck, chest with sedation are between $1000-$1500

Come in for a complimentary consultation to see if you are a good candidate.

Please click under procedures and Chemical peels and rteview our before and after photos.


Dr David Rahimi

323 653 7700



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