Chemical Peels

A medical-grade chemical peel performed at our Atlanta, GA, practice can address a range of skin concerns, including acne scars, sun damage, fine lines, and discoloration. We can customize the strength of your chemical peel to get the most effective results and minimize any downtime.

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What Are Chemical Peels?

Peeling agents have been used for decades to treat skin complexion concerns. Chemical peels work by removing the damaged layer of skin, which is replaced by healthy skin. Peels generally fall into 1 of 3 categories—superficial, medium, or deep—based on their strength and the depth of the skin treated.


A superficial or light chemical peel exfoliates the skin’s outer layer and involves little to no downtime. These peels, often using glycolic acid, are also effective for skin discoloration issues such as melasma and treating certain types of acne.


Medium peels penetrate a bit deeper into the skin and help improve the skin texture and tone. Salicylic acid is considered a medium chemical peel. Unlike superficial peels, medium peels typically result in the skin appearing pink and some mild peeling a few days after the treatment. Downtime should be minimal.


A deep peel that addresses skin damaged by years of sun exposure or acne scars can produce dramatic results. Because this type of peel is more aggressive than the other peels, patients need to plan on taking some time off to recover and heal. Trichloroacetic acid, or TCA, is often used for deep peels. The strength of the peeling agent and the length of time it remains on the skin can also be tailored for specific needs.

Meet The Team

Dr. Thomas M. Hagopian

Dr. Thomas M. Hagopian

Plastic surgery is the perfect field for Dr. Hagopian, who has a knack for fixing things and helping people. He’s a former firefighter/paramedic, and he had a business building highly sought-after custom taillights in medical school. He met his wife, Nurse Hagopian, at Emory University, and they bonded over many shared interests, including a commitment to exceptional patient care.

Meet Dr. Thomas Hagopian Dr. Thomas M. Hagopian is board-certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery
Chelsea O. P. Hagopian

Nurse Chelsea O. P. Hagopian

Nurse Hagopian is an Atlanta native, a self-identified nursing ethics nerd, and an ANCC board-certified adult-gerontology acute care nurse practitioner. She’s passionate about studying informed consent, empowering fellow nurses to use their voices, and collaborating with people in addressing their aesthetic care needs.

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What Is a TCA CROSS Peel for Acne Scars?

We perform TCA CROSS peels for patients with deep acne scars, such as icepick or deep boxcar scars. CROSS stands for chemical reconstruction of skin scars. This treatment is different from other chemical peels because the highly concentrated TCA solution isn’t applied to the entire face. Instead, your clinician applies the TCA to individual scars. This eliminates the risk of undergoing a full-face deep peel and limits the recovery time.

This type of controlled wounding involves the chemical immediately breaking down scar tissue in the deeper layers of the skin and promoting the production of new collagen and the regeneration of healthy skin tissue. After applying TCA to each of the scars, an antibiotic ointment is applied to enable skin healing and minimize infection risk.

Begin Your Journey

If you would like to learn more about how chemical peels can help improve the appearance of your skin, please call (404) 885-8542 or request a consultation online. Our Atlanta office welcomes people interested in chemical peels from Inman Park, Druid Hills, Decatur, and throughout Georgia.

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