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Chemical Peels

Early signs of aging skin can be frustrating and difficult to treat. Aging signs such as fine lines and wrinkles, dark spots, scars, and rough patches can appear as early as your 20s and are often impossible to eliminate with at-home skin care products.

Chemical peels remove the top layers of damaged and dead skin cells to reveal a smooth, bright complexion.

What Is a Chemical Peel?

A chemical peel is a treatment that uses a chemical solution to improve the appearance and texture of facial skin. It is beneficial for patients with skin conditions like blemishes, uneven skin tone (such as hyperpigmentation), wrinkles, and even acne scarring.

While peels are not an alternative to facelift surgery since they cannot correct deep wrinkles and facial sagging, they are a good option to enhance your skin’s appearance and boost your self-confidence. They can also be a great adjunct treatment to a facelift to help achieve a radiant complexion and youthful facial contours.

Am I a Candidate for Chemical Face Peels?

Candidates for chemical peels are men and women looking to correct mild skin imperfections. Chemical face peels are most commonly used for cosmetic reasons. However, they can also be used to remove pre-cancerous growths, soften acne scars, and prevent breakouts.

Peels are not recommended for people who are pregnant, nursing, or taking certain acne medications. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Borko to determine if this treatment is right for you.

What Types of Chemical Peels Are Available?

There are many types of peels formulated to fit your needs. Dr. Borko offers chemical face peels made of alpha-hydroxy acids (AHA), trichloroacetic acid (TCA), and phenol.

Based on your needs, Dr. Borko will determine which formula will achieve the best chemical peel results for you.

Alpha-Hydroxy Acids (AHAs):

Alpha-hydroxy acids can:

  • Smooth rough, dry skin
  • Improve sun-damaged skin
  • Control acne
  • Correct pigment problems if mixed with a bleaching agent

Trichloroacetic Acid (TCA)

Trichloroacetic acid works to:

  • Smooth out fine lines
  • Remove blemishes
  • Correct hyperpigmentation/dark spots


Phenol is effective in:

  • Correcting blotchy skin
  • Smoothing out wrinkles
  • Removing growths

What Is Chemical Peel Recovery Like?

For the first few days of your chemical peel recovery, you will experience peeling similar to when you have a sunburn. This will subside soon, leaving behind a smooth, clear appearance. Your face may take seven to 14 days to fully heal after the chemical peel process.

Patients should avoid the sun as much as possible for the first two weeks and apply sunscreen daily as part of their chemical peel aftercare, as the skin will be more sensitive to the sun.

When Can I Return to Work After a Peel?

Most patients who undergo more superficial peels can return to work the day after treatment, but those needing deep chemical peels may need to take a few days off while their face heals.

Real Patient Testimonial

“I went to Dr. Borko because my friends raved about his extraordinary results. They were right. Now I look like I did 20 years ago – only better!”

– Karen, 56

How Long Does a Chemical Peel Last?

Depending on which peel you undergo, results should last one to two months. Patients can undergo repeat treatments to maintain and further improve their results.

How Much Is a Chemical Peel?

Chemical peel cost varies depending on the type of peel you undergo, the amount of correction needed, and the number of sessions necessary.

During your consultation, you will be provided with your specific chemical peel price.

Interested in Learning More?

If you are interested in learning more about how you can benefit from a chemical peel, please contact Dr. Borko’s office to schedule your consultation.

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