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Chemical Peels

Centre For Cosmetic Surgery

Chemical peels are a transformative aspect of modern skincare, offering a rejuvenating touch to the facial skin. Though there are many common misconceptions of painful recovery, these treatments are tailored by skilled professionals to match your unique skin needs and aesthetic goals. At their core, chemical peels are about improving skin health, addressing a wide array of concerns from aging signs to uneven skin tones.


While some might hesitate, fearing the prospect of a painful, red face, the reality is much more appealing. Post-treatment, patients typically experience a glowing, healthy complexion, free from the worries of discomfort. Chemical peels work to enhance your skin's appearance, focusing on improving conditions like:


  • Aging and weathered skin
  • Sun, brown, or age spots
  • Pigmentation issues and Melasma
  • Fine lines, wrinkles, and acne scars
  • Skin texture and tone

Choices in Chemical Peels 

ZO 3-Step Peel – Step Peel is an innovative, in-office treatment peel followed by an at-home treatment to combat the signs of aging + skin discoloration. The treatments utilize a blend of exfoliants, retinol and multi-action agents to help improve skin health and treat many signs of aging.


The Perfect Derma Peel – The Perfect Derma™ Peel is safe, effective medium depth peel for All Skin Types & Ethnicities.  This product is virtually painless, with no pre-peel skin preparation and little downtime.  The Perfect Derma™ Peel is the only peel that includes the powerful antioxidant Glutathione, which lightens and brightens the skin, slows down the aging process and helps prevent wrinkles.


Stim Peel – The ZO Stimulator Peel is the perfect “lunchtime” peel with no downtime. This peel is made up of a combination of lactic, citric, and salicylic acid plus potent concentrations of other active ingredients to exfoliate the skin, while stimulating the growth of collagen and elastin. A highly effective treatment for the many signs of skin aging, this peel is ideal for treating Melasma, sun damage, fine lines, uneven texture, large pores, dull skin, and even acne! Suitable for any skin type or color.


PRX-T33 – The PRX-T33 is a skin tightening peel without exfoliation. It is an improved formula of a trichloroacetic acid (TCA) peel. PRX-T33 is a non-peeling peel, that it is revolutionary for correcting facelift scars, stretch marks, and sagging skin, and large pores!


Glytone Mandelic Acid Peel – Formulated for redness-prone, sensitive, and reactive skin, this peel retexturizes skin and soothes redness for a calm, more even complexion. It reduces mild chrono- or photo-aging and mild hyperpigmented skin while improving overall skin texture and tone.


Glytone Salicylic Acid Peel – Visibly reduce the appearance of mild to severe acne-prone skin while improving skin clarity, texture, and tone. Salicylic Acid peel combats existing blemishes, boosts complexion brightness, enhances smoothness and prevents new acne from forming on the face, back and chest.


Glytone Eye & Lip Peel – Visibly improve the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and crow’s feet. The Eye and Lip Peel is formulated to significantly increase skin firmness while decreasing the appearance of dark spots and dark circles for a more youthful appearance.


Glytone Pyruvic Acid Peel – Decrease the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and other premature signs of aging. Pyruvic Acid visibly reduces acne blemishes while minimizing pore size, lessening the appearance of dark spots, and improving skin tone, texture and smoothness.


Glytone Neck Peel - Brighten, visibly firm and even skin tone on the neck and décolleté. Each Neck Peel decreases the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, minimizes dark spots, and improves overall skin firmness and elasticity.


Each peel is designed with your skin's health and beauty in mind, ensuring effective and satisfying results. Our experienced team will guide you in choosing the perfect peel to meet your skin care objectives.

Customized Treatment Approaches

At The Centre for Cosmetic Surgery, we understand that each individual's skin is unique. That's why our approach to chemical peels is highly personalized. We begin with a detailed consultation to assess your skin type, concerns, and goals. This thorough evaluation allows us to recommend the most suitable chemical peel from our diverse range, ensuring that the treatment is tailored specifically to your needs.

Whether you're looking to address signs of aging, sun damage, acne, or other specific skin issues, our specialized peels are designed to cater to various skin types and conditions. By customizing each treatment, we aim to achieve optimal results, enhancing your skin's health and appearance with precision and care.

Safety and Pre-Treatment Guidelines

Your journey to revitalized skin with chemical peels begins with crucial safety and pre-treatment steps, designed to ensure optimal results and a smooth, safe experience:

Skin Assessment: A thorough skin evaluation is essential. This helps us customize your treatment to your specific skin type and concerns.

Pre-Treatment Regimen: Depending on your selected peel, we may recommend a pre-treatment regimen. This can include specific skincare products to prepare your skin for the peel, enhancing both safety and effectiveness.

Sun Exposure: Minimize sun exposure for at least two weeks prior to your treatment. Sun-damaged skin can affect the peel’s results and increase recovery time.

Medication and Skincare Products: It’s important to inform us about any medications or skincare products you’re currently using. Certain products, especially those containing Retin-A or other strong acids, should be discontinued a week before the peel to avoid adverse reactions.

Hydration and Nutrition: Hydrated, well-nourished skin responds better to chemical peels. Ensure you're well-hydrated and maintain a balanced diet leading up to your appointment.

Procedure and Recovery

Chemical peels are transformative treatments tailored to rejuvenate your skin. Here's what you can expect during the procedure and recovery, based on the depth of the peel:


Superficial Peels (e.g., Stim Peel):

Procedure: A gentle solution is applied, targeting the upper layer of the skin. This process is quick, with minimal discomfort.
Recovery: Expect little to no downtime. You might experience slight redness or dryness, but you can resume daily activities immediately. Regular moisturizing and sun protection are key.

Medium Depth Peels (e.g., ZO 3-Step Peel, The Perfect Derma Peel):

Procedure: These peels go deeper for more intensive rejuvenation. The application is precise and may take longer.
Recovery: Mild peeling and redness for a few days post-treatment. Downtime is minimal, but skin care, including hydration and sun avoidance, is crucial for healing.

Non-Exfoliating Peels (e.g., PRX-T33):

Procedure: Unique in its approach, this peel tightens and corrects without peeling.
Recovery: No downtime or visible peeling. Resume daily activities immediately while following post-care instructions.

Each peel is a step towards radiant skin. Remember, post-treatment care is vital for optimal results. Our team will guide you through every step to ensure a smooth and effective recovery.

Achieving Optimal Results

To attain the best outcomes from chemical peels, a tailored approach involving multiple treatments is key. Each peel initiates a transformative process, enhancing skin quality over time. While a single session can yield noticeable improvements, the cumulative effect of a series of peels profoundly amplifies the benefits. This approach ensures progressive skin rejuvenation, targeting issues like aging signs, uneven texture, and discoloration more effectively.


Complementing these treatments with a comprehensive skincare regimen is crucial. Regular use of recommended skincare products maintains and extends the benefits of peels, fostering lasting skin health and vibrancy. Together, consistent treatments and dedicated skincare converge to unveil your most radiant, youthful complexion.

Limitations and Realistic Expectations

Chemical peels are a powerful skincare tool, offering a range of benefits from improving skin tone and texture to reducing the appearance of fine lines and dark spots. However, it's essential to set realistic expectations:


What Chemical Peels Can Do:

  • Improve superficial skin concerns like mild wrinkles, acne, and uneven pigmentation.
  • Offer skin rejuvenation and a brighter complexion.

What Chemical Peels Can't Do:

  • Cannot remove deep wrinkles or significantly lift sagging skin.
  • Will not eliminate deep scars or change pore size permanently.
  • One session alone is unlikely to transform skin completely; optimal results typically require a series of treatments.

    Understanding these limitations helps to improve satisfaction with the results and in making informed decisions about your skincare journey.

Alternative Skin Treatments

In addition to chemical peels, The Centre for Cosmetic Surgery offers a range of related and alternative procedures to enhance your skincare journey. Each treatment is designed to cater to specific skin needs and goals, complementing the effects of chemical peels:

Microneedling: Ideal for improving skin texture and firmness, reducing scars, and minimizing pores.
Laser Skin Resurfacing: A powerful option that uses light to address deeper wrinkles, sun damage, and uneven skin tone.
Hydrafacial: Uncover a new layer of skin with gentle exfoliation and relaxing resurfacing.

IPL Photofacial: This non-invasive treatment is ideal for skin care concerns ranging from redness and rosacea to broken capillaries to age spots, sun spots, discoloration, and hyperpigmentation with a flash of light.


Embrace a holistic approach to skin care with our array of options, each tailored to bring out your skin's natural beauty.

Contact us to explore the best treatments for your skin’s unique needs.

Your Journey to Radiant Skin Begins Here

Discover the transformative power of chemical peels tailored just for you. At The Centre for Cosmetic Surgery, we're committed to helping you achieve your skin health goals with personalized care. Our range of chemical peels, designed for various skin types and concerns, offers a path to rejuvenated, glowing skin.


Ready to take the first step? Schedule your consultation today. Our team will guide you through a customized treatment plan that aligns with your unique skin needs. Embrace the confidence that comes with beautiful, healthy skin.


Contact us now to begin your journey towards radiant, revitalized skin.

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Dr. Malek grew up in Tehran, Iran. He lived as an exchange student in Wahpeton, North Dakota before returning to Iran and graduating from Tehran University School of Medicine in 1976. Dr. Malek finished his training in general surgery and became board certified as a general surgeon, and completed his training and became a board certified plastic surgeon thereafter. He subsequently completed a fellowship in head, neck, reconstructive, and cosmetic surgery at MD Anderson Hospital in Houston, Texas before returning to Wilmington in 1984. He has since established himself as one of the most skilled and reputable cosmetic surgeons in Delaware.

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