Chemical Peels Specialist

Balcones Dermatology & Aesthetics

Dermatologist & Cosmetic Dermatologist located in Austin, TX

When you want to boost your self-esteem and give your skin a refreshing glow, consider a chemical peel. David A. Bushore, MD, located in Austin, Texas, uses chemical peels to restore youthfulness and improve your skin’s texture and tone. The team of specialists at Balcones Dermatology and Aesthetics offers a variety of peels to address your specific needs. Contact the office today to schedule your appointment or book conveniently online.

Chemical Peels Q & A

What is a chemical peel?

A chemical peel is a dermatological treatment in which a chemical solution is applied to the surface of your skin. A peel provides significant exfoliation by creating a controlled wound that causes the surface layers of your skin to peel away. After removing the dry, dead skin cells, fresh, healthy skin emerges, reducing the appearance of visible signs of aging.

Which concerns can a chemical peel address?

Chemical peels can address a broad range of cosmetic concerns, including:

  • Age spots
  • Melasma
  • Sun damage
  • Uneven skin tone
  • Rough skin
  • Dull skin
  • Wrinkles
  • Fine lines

A chemical peel can also improve acne and reduce the appearance of acne scars.

What types of chemical peels are available?

Based on your individual needs, your aesthetician at Balcones Dermatology may recommend one of the following peels:

Superficial peels

A superficial peel exfoliates only the very top layer of your skin. Superficial peels can improve mild concerns, such as redness, rough texture, and dull skin. They don't require anesthesia or downtime. 

Medium peels

Medium peels improve skin discoloration, age spots, and fine lines. These medium-depth peels exfoliate the top and middle layers of skin. 

Deep peels

Deep peels require anesthesia and a healing period of several weeks, but they offer the most significant anti-aging benefits. The Balcones Dermatology professionals perform deep croton oil peels, which dramatically improve more severe concerns, such as wrinkles and creases.

What is a croton oil peel?

Sometimes called a modified phenol peel, a croton oil peel is one of the deepest and most beneficial types of chemical peels available. In the past, phenol-croton oil peels could be unpredictable and sometimes left skin looking waxy. However, over the last 20 years, dermatologists have adjusted the formula for these treatments. Modern croton oil peels provide safe, predictable results that never look shiny or waxy.

Croton oil peels require anesthesia and around two weeks of downtime, followed by an 8- to 12-week healing period. Once your skin has healed, it appears smoother, more luminous, healthier, and much more youthful.

Croton oil peels are performed in a sterile surgical setting. You go home with facial bandaging and specific instructions for at-home care during your healing period.

To find out how a chemical peel can rejuvenate and freshen your look, call Balcones Dermatology today or book online.