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Chemical Peels

What are chemical peels?

Chemical peels are a type of cosmetic procedure used to improve the appearance of skin by exfoliating away dead layers. They can be tailored to treat different skin concerns such as acne, sun damage, and wrinkles. A chemical solution is typically applied directly to the face or other affected area and left for a certain amount of time before being removed. The solution works to dissolve the outer layer of skin and encourages newer, more youthful looking layers to emerge.

Chemical peels are a popular choice for improving the look and feel of skin due to their many benefits. These may include:

  • Diminishing wrinkles and fine lines
  • Reducing the appearance of age spots, sun damage, and other types of discoloration
  • Lightening dark circles around the eyes
  • Rejuvenating dull, tired looking ski
  • Minimizing acne breakouts and improving acne scars
  • Stimulating collagen production for improved elasticity
  • Resulting in a more even tone and texture

During your consultation with Dr. Devorah Shagalov she will listen to your concerns, review your medical history and perform an exam to evaluate your skin, establish your skin type and your skin conditions. With this information she will offer recommendations about the best chemical peels for your needs and aesthetic goals.

Chemical peels are generally classified into three categories based on their depth of penetration in the skin:

  • Superficial peels: A mild, superficial peel is great for treating fine lines and wrinkles and lightening discoloration.
  • Medium-depth peels: These are best for reducing acne scarring, sun damage, and more visible signs of aging.
  • Deep peels: An aggressive deep peel can be used to treat more severe wrinkles, age spots, and sun damage.


It’s important to keep in mind that deeper peels require longer recovery times and may have more side effects than superficial peels. It’s also important to choose a qualified professional who specializes in chemical peels to ensure the best results.

Generally, those who are in good overall health and have realistic expectations of the results are the best candidates for chemical peels. It’s important to let your professional know if you have a history of cold sores or other skin conditions that may be worsened by a peel.

Chemical peels are generally considered safe when performed by a qualified professional. However, as with any medical procedure, there are some risks involved. These may include infection, redness and swelling of the skin, discoloration or lightening of treated areas, and in rare cases scarring.

Chemical peels can be a great way to improve the look and feel of your skin. It’s important to choose the right type of peel based on your individual needs and have realistic expectations about what the procedure can achieve. Dr. Shagalov will provide you with post treatment care instructions. With proper care after the treatment, you can experience beautiful glowing results that last for months or even years.

Contact Dr. Shagalov at her Miami office to schedule a consultation and learn about all your treatment options to achieve a clearer complexion and a more youthful appearance. Dr. Devorah Shagalov is a board-certified dermatologist and a dual fellowship trained Mohs surgeon and cosmetic dermatologist. Her mission is to help you achieve beautiful and healthy skin. Biscayne Dermatology is located in Midtown Miami on the border of Edgewater and Wynwood a few blocks from the Design District, Miami Beach, and Downtown Miami.

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Dr. Devorah Shagalov

  • Double Board-Certified Dermatologist
  • Fellowship-Trained Mohs Micrographic Surgeon
  • Recipient of numerous dermatology awards
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