Sarasota Dermatology – SkinSmart Dermatology®

Chemical Peels

 Coming in 2015! A chemical peel improves the texture and tone of your skin by resurfacing the top layers of the epidermis. The goal of chemical peeling is to remove a controlled, uniform thickness of damaged skin to improve and smooth the texture and stimulate the skin’s natural healing response. When you have a chemical peel at SkinSmart Dermatology® in Sarasota, your options range from gentle formulations that illuminate the skin to more progressive peels that re-texturize.

Healthy, beautiful skin begins at SkinSmart Dermatology®. Request a cosmetic consultation or call our office in Sarasota at(941) 308-7546.


Peels can be applied to the face, neck, décolleté and back to treat a variety of conditions including:

  • Active acne and acne scars
  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Freckles, sunspots and blotchy, uneven pigmentation

Other skin resurfacing treatments include microdermabrasion, eMatrix™ and Fraxel®. We will review your options during your cosmetic consultation to help you choose the treatment that will best fit with your aesthetic goals and your available downtime.

How They Work

Chemical peels rejuvenate the skin using an acid derived from a natural source such as milk, fruit or sugar. Many different acids can be used in peels – salicylic, citric, glycolic, tricholoracetic and lactic, to name just a few.

Meet Dr. Callahan

A nationally-known board-certified dermatologic surgeon and fellowship-trained Mohs surgeon, Dr. Callahan is dedicated to helping her patients' skin look and feel younger, without appearing overdone. 

Request your Customized Consultation View our Photo Gallery

Types of Peels

Chemical peels come in varying strengths that determine how deeply they act on the skin. What makes a peel “light” or “deep” isn’t the kind of acid; it’s the concentration of acid. Day spas can only offer very light peels that do not penetrate deeply enough to bring about lasting results. At SkinSmart Dermatology, our aestheticians perform a variety of superficial peels, and Dr. Callahan performs medium-depth peels including 35% trichloroacetic acid (TCA) for more dramatic resurfacing.

Light Peels

These peels are suitable for fine lines, acne-prone skin, enlarged pores, sun or age spots and irregular texture. They carry a low risk of complication, have little or no downtime.

Medium-depth Peels

These physician-administered applications using 35% tricholoracetic acid (TCA) correct deeper wrinkles, scars, liver spots, freckles and dark patches caused by to pregnancy or taking birth control pills (melasma). Peels with a higher concentration of acid work at a deeper level and can correct deeper wrinkles, scars and marks.