Shorr FACE Institute
As we age, the process of skin cells dying, falling off and being replaced by new cells becomes a slower and more haphazard process.  In addition, years of exposure to the sun can cause brown spots and premature aging. The result can be a dull, lifeless complexion. A chemical peel, or series of peels, can rejuvenate the skin. This non-invasive technique utilizes Trichloroacetic Acid, or TCA, to restore wrinkled, blemished, freckled, shallow acne scarred, unevenly pigmented, and sun-damaged skin. TCA has been safely used for over 30 years.   

What does a chemical peel do?

The function of a chemical peel is to create an even, controlled shedding of several layers of damaged cells. This exposes a new fresh layer of skin with a more even color and a smoother texture. In addition, the peel stimulates new cells to grow, thereby tightening the skin, which decreases wrinkling. A chemical peel also stimulates the growth of new collagen in the skin layers.  This is analogous to adding new padding under a worn carpet.  If the carpet (or skin) is thin, it easily wrinkles. Chemical peels when combined with other agents such as Retin-A, promote thickening of the skin layers and reduction of the wrinkles and creases on the surface.

What areas can be treated?
Chemical peels can be used on the full face or specific regions such as the forehead, around the eyes or mouth, the hands and the chest. Although one peel can significantly improve the appearance of the skin, some skin problems are deeper than others and may require a series of peels for best results.

Are there any side effects?

The most common side effect after a peel is brown discoloration of the skin.  This is usually reversible but in rare cases can be permanent. This side effect is most common in those who have had sun exposure after their peel and who are not using a full spectrum (UVA and UVB) sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher.

Where and how is it performed?

TCA peels are performed as an outpatient procedure in our office. A solution containing TCA is applied to your skin. This is usually associated with 2-3 minutes of a burning and stinging sensation. This stinging is brief enough that most patients choose not to use any sedation or anesthesia.  Cool compresses will then be applied followed by ointment.

What is the down time?
Most people take 5-7 days to heal from an average TCA peel.  The skin will look as if it has had a severe sunburn, so most patients choose to stay home during the healing process.  If you are not too self-conscious about your appearance, you may be able to work during part of your peel recovery period. 

How do I protect my new skin?

Those who have had TCA peels are more sensitive to sunlight for at least 6-8 weeks after the peel. During that time they must use a full spectrum (UVA and UVB sunblock of at least SPF 30 at all times. If you are interested in a chemical peel or other methods of skin rejuvenation, please contact our office for more information or to schedule a personal consultation!


Before chemical peel the skin is rough and blotchy.
After the peel skin texture, color and quality are significantly improved.
Before chemical peel.
Post peel the skin is radiant. Fat transfer surgery was also performed to fill in deflated areas.
If you are interested in in skin rejuvenation, a chemical peel may be a great option for you! Our friendly, knowledgeable staff would be happy to assist you. Call today!


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We specialize in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery of the eyelids and face, as well as non-surgical cosmetic treatments and services. Our office is conveniently located in Beverly Hills near Los Angeles and bordered by Orange and Ventura Counties. Contact us today!


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