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How Often Should I Get Chemical Peels?

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How Often Should I Get Chemical Peels?

Are you looking to refresh your appearance and get glowing, healthy-looking skin? Do you want to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, scars, or skin discoloration? You may be ready for a chemical peel. Chemical peels are great for patients who want to minimize wrinkles and fine lines, achieve a more even skin tone and texture, and diminish the appearance of scars. The procedure dissolves the outer layers of your skin, leaving smoother, more radiant skin in its place.

Whatever your reasons for wanting a chemical peel, Dr. Tenley K. Lawton can help you select the best peel for your desired results. How frequently you’ll need maintenance treatment will depend on what type of peel is best for you.

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*Individual Results May Vary

What Type of Peel do You Need?

Some patients may be satisfied with just one chemical peel, while others may want to address more significant signs of aging and undergo more regular treatment sessions. The type of peel you need is determined by which issues you want to address. Chemical peels may not be permanent; new sun damage and the natural aging process can reverse results. The frequency of treatments is dependent on the type of peel you need.

Light Chemical Peels

Light peels exfoliate and remove the outermost layer of the skin and are primarily used to treat the following:

  • Fine lines
  • Mild acne scars
  • Dryness
  • Mild sun-damaged skin

Treated areas take up to seven days to heal. Your results will continue to improve with repeated treatments. This peel is generally performed on a monthly basis for unclogging pores and maintaining healthy skin.


The first step is to schedule an in-person consultation with Dr. Lawton or one of our trusted providers at Tenley K Lawton M.D. in Neport Beach, CA. Simply fill out the form on this page and we will reach out to you promptly to schedule your appointment.

Medium Chemical Peels

Medium peels penetrate more deeply, reaching the middle and outer layers of skin, and are more effective at treating the following:

  • Uneven pigmentation and skin tone
  • Wrinkles
  • Sun-damaged skin
  • Moderate acne scars

Healing can take 1-2 weeks, though redness can last for months. To maintain your results, you may want to repeat treatment quarterly or semi-annually.

Deep Chemical Peels

Deep peels penetrate the deepest layer of skin and are designed to address more serious skin imperfections such as the following:

  • Coarse or deep wrinkles
  • Pre-cancerous growths
  • Deep scarring
  • Severely sun-damaged skin

New skin should completely cover the treated area within 2-3 weeks, but you will need to permanently protect your skin from the sun. Generally a one-time procedure, deep peels typically use phenol to achieve the most dramatic and long-lasting results.

You should expect swelling, redness, and significant peeling for the first two weeks after the treatment. Some patients may prefer to take the first week off from work, as the redness and peeling can be very noticeable.

What’s Right for Me?

Since chemical peels can be customized to your goals and recovery time, the best way to determine which treatment you need is to schedule a consult with board-certified Dr. Tenley K. Lawton. Dr. Lawton will discuss your expectations and help choose the right peel for your specific needs.

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*Individual Results May Vary


Dr. Lawton strives to provide the best experience for everyone who chooses her practice for their aesthetic needs. Read why our patients love their results & experience with Dr. Lawton and her team of expert providers.

Take the Next Step

Would you like to learn more about Chemical Peels? Simply fill out the form on this page or call Tenley K. Lawton M.D. at (949) 640-0999 to schedule your consultation with Board-Certified plastic surgeon Dr. Tenley Lawton serving Newport Beach and the greater Orange County, CA area.

*Individual Results May Vary

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