In recent years, the desire for smooth, radiant skin has been on the rise, and there’s no denying that non-invasive cosmetic treatments have garnered considerable attention. It’s not just about vanity but confidence; these treatments help people feel comfortable in their skin, quite literally. At Modern Medical Aesthetics & Wellness, we understand this and are proud to offer a range of services, including facial treatments and injectables, to help you achieve your aesthetic goals. In this article, we’re going to explore chemical peels, one of Moderna’s most sought-after facial treatments.

Chemical peels work by removing the outermost layer of the skin, revealing smoother, younger-looking skin beneath. They have long been popular for their ability to reduce the appearance of skin imperfections, including wrinkles, fine lines, scars, and sunspots, without the need for invasive surgery. If you are considering a chemical peel, it is crucial to understand the types available, their benefits, and what post-treatment aftercare entails; after all, knowledge is power when it comes to achieving and maintaining the best possible results.

In this comprehensive guide, we will discuss the different types of chemical peels available at Modern Medical Aesthetics & Wellness, categorized based on the depth of exfoliation (superficial, medium, and deep peels). Each type has specific benefits and suitability when it comes to addressing various skin concerns. Beyond that, we will look at factors to consider when determining if a chemical peel is right for you, potential side effects, and critical dos and don’ts in post-treatment care. Our aim is to provide you with the information needed to make an informed decision and make the most of your investment in this aesthetic treatment.

At Modern Medical Aesthetics & Wellness, we combine expertise, skill, and cutting-edge technology to help enhance your natural beauty while ensuring your safety and satisfaction. So, without further ado, let’s delve into the world of chemical peels and how they can help you achieve the radiant skin you’ve always dreamed of.

Understanding the Different Types of Chemical Peels

To customize the treatment to your specific skin needs, there are three categories of chemical peels available in Modern Medical Aesthetics & Wellness: superficial, medium, and deep peels. Understanding the differences between them is the first step to determining which one best suits your goals and desired results.

1. Superficial Peels

Superficial peels are the mildest type of chemical peels, targeting only the outermost layer of the skin (epidermis). These peels use gentle acids, such as alpha-hydroxy or beta-hydroxy acids, to exfoliate and brighten the skin with minimal downtime. Superficial peels are perfect for those seeking a quick refresh for their skin to address minor skin irregularities, like mild discoloration, acne, or uneven texture.

2. Medium Peels

Medium peels penetrate deeper into the skin — reaching the upper layer of the dermis — for more substantial exfoliation. This type of peel often utilizes trichloroacetic acid (TCA) to address moderate skin imperfections, such as wrinkles, fine lines, and pigment issues caused by sun damage or aging. The recovery time for medium peels may be slightly longer than that of superficial peels, and redness and peeling may last for several days to a week.

3. Deep Peels

Deep peels provide the most intensive treatment, targeting the mid-layers of the dermis for a dramatic improvement in skin appearance. Phenol-based peels are the most common deep peels, addressing severe skin issues such as deep-set wrinkles, significant sun damage, and extensive scarring. Due to their potency, deep peels require a longer recovery period, up to 2 to 3 weeks, and clients may experience redness, swelling, and peeling.

Is a Chemical Peel Right for You?

Chemical peels are popular for their versatility in addressing a wide range of skin concerns, but some factors may determine whether you are a suitable candidate. Here are some questions to consider when deciding if a chemical peel is right for you:

  1. What is your primary skin concern? Chemical peels effectively address several skin issues, including acne, discoloration, sun damage, and signs of aging. However, it’s essential to discuss your specific skin type, concerns, and desired results with a qualified professional to ensure a chemical peel will provide the results you seek.
  2. Are you willing to commit to the aftercare process? Proper aftercare is crucial for the safety and success of a chemical peel. This includes staying out of the sun, diligently applying sunscreen, and avoiding harsh or abrasive skin products while your skin heals.
  3. Do you have realistic expectations? Most chemical peels provide noticeable results, but it’s important to have realistic expectations. While they can significantly improve various skin imperfections, chemical peels will not completely remove deep scars or drastically change your skin’s overall structure.

Potential Side Effects and Post-Treatment Care

As with any aesthetic treatment, chemical peels can have potential side effects, typically mild and temporary. Some common side effects include redness, slight swelling, and peeling, all of which should subside within a few days to weeks, depending on the depth of the peel.

To maximize results, ensure a smooth recovery, and minimize complications, follow these essential post-treatment care steps:

  1. Keep your skin moisturized. Using a gentle, fragrance-free moisturizer will help maintain your skin’s moisture balance and support the healing process.
  2. Avoid direct sun exposure. New, delicate skin will be more susceptible to sunburn, so try to stay out of the sun, wear a wide-brimmed hat, and use broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher daily.
  3. Don’t pick or peel flaking skin. Allow your skin to shed naturally to avoid scars or pigmentation issues.
  4. Follow your specialist’s advice. Your specialist at Modern Medical Aesthetics & Wellness will provide detailed instructions specific to your peel type and your skin’s needs.


Chemical peels are a powerful and customizable means of rejuvenating and improving the appearance of your skin. By understanding the various types of peels, their benefits, potential side effects, and post-treatment care, you can make an informed decision about whether this treatment is the right option for you. At Modern Medical Aesthetics & Wellness, our team of specialists is in the business of enhancing your natural beauty while ensuring your safety and satisfaction. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and take the first step toward achieving the radiant, youthful skin you’ve always wanted.

If you’re looking for high-quality medical aesthetic services in North Carolina, look no further than Modern Medical Aesthetics & Wellness. Our team of experienced professionals, led by Dr. Kris Pyles-Sweet, DMSc, PA-C, is dedicated to helping you look and feel your best. From facial treatments to injectables, we offer a wide range of non-invasive cosmetic solutions that are tailored to your unique needs and goals. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and start your journey toward a more beautiful you!