Incorporating Medical Chemical Peels into a Medical Practice

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A medical practice is not just about offering patients a few services to make a living; it is about offering the best available services that encompass various areas of medicine. These days, cosmetic surgery and similar procedures have become extremely popular. More and more people are seeking solutions that will make their skin look clearer and free of acne, fine lines and wrinkles. One such procedure is chemical peels.

How do chemical peels help?

Chemical peels are chemicals that irritate the skin and cause the death of cells. They do so in a controlled manner, but only affect the surface layer. By applying a chemical peel and destroying this superficial layer of skin, healthy skin cells have an opportunity to grow and fill the damaged areas. Chemical peels are used to treat acne, facial blemishes, wrinkles,  and sun-damaged skin, and their application is ideally performed by a trained health care professional. Other conditions that can be treated include skin pigmentation and liver spots. Each patient will have a different formula, depending on the condition of their skin.

There are three classifications of medical chemical peels,  superficial, medium and deep.  The superficial peel generally only affects the epidermis and is the mildest type, and is also the quickest to recover from. Medium Peels penetrate the dermis, which is the skin beneath the epidermis. Trichloroacetic acid, known as TCA, is generally utilized for medium peels. A deep peel penetrates deeper into the dermis and is only done once on a patient in general, except for special cases. This is because of the longer recovery time and greater severity of the procedure. Phenol is the chemical that is generally used for this type of peel.

Over-the-counter chemical peels are available but do not seem to have the same effect as the ones used in a clinic setting. There are certain times when it will not be offered, but when it is used the results are generally remarkable.

Why add medical chemical peels to your practice?

There are a number of different benefits to adding cosmetic procedures such as chemical peels to your practice. As a business venture, it is a lucrative opportunity that will not only increase your monthly returns but will also increase your patient base. Given the effects that chemical peels have on the skin, it is likely that more and more people will come to you for it. Of course, there are side effects such as scarring, infections and a change in skin color that can occur, but these are rare. The procedures require a short training session to make sure that you as a practicing physician are capable of performing this procedure (it will also cover you legally).

Incorporating chemical peels into practice

If you are looking to start this service, take a look around to see what training you may be able to get from an organization such as IAPAM. Once you have obtained the required training, all it takes is including this in your list of services, and informing your current patients about it. The services can be advertised on your website as well. The equipment required is minimal, so it is unlikely your overheads are going to change.


Chemical peels are effective treatments for skin defects. Given the culture that we currently live in clean and clear skin, it is now a popular treatment. Incorporating this into your practice can no doubt be a step ahead.

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