Pfenninger Aesthetics Procedure Center, P.C.

The Medical Procedures Center, P.C.

“Treating people, not just problems ”since 1989.


John L. Pfenninger, M.D.

Salena Dodman, R.N.

4800 N. Saginaw Road

Midland, MI 48640

(989) 631-4545

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What do chemical peels do?

Chemical peels break down the bond that holds the dead skin layer (the stratum corneum) onto the rest of the skin.  They speed up the natural exfoliating or sloughing process and enable new, healthier cells to come to the surface. 


What benefits will I see?

By removing dull and damaged surface layers, you will have a healthier and more youthful appearance.  Chemical peels can help reduce the depth of surface lines, smooth rough skin texture, fade brown spots and assist in clearing acne/blemished skin.  By loosening the dead cells from the skin’s surface, new healthy cells are revealed.  Your result will be smoother, radiant, glowing skin.


What type of chemical peels are offered?

Most of the peels we use in our office are alpha hydroxy acid peels.  Alpha hydroxy acids are “naturally-occurring” acids, which mean they are found in nature, such as lactic acid and citric acid.    They range from gentle, light nourishing peels to our most aggressive “five day peel.” 


How do I know if this treatment is right for me?

We offer a free consultation with the aesthetic nurse prior to starting any cosmetic services.  She will evaluate your skin, answer any questions, and advise you as to what options she would recommend for you.  A physician will review any questions that she may have.


Will I experience any down time?

In most cases, there will be little if any down time.  If you do experience slight redness from the chemical application, it will usually be gone the following day.  Slight flaking may be noticed 1 to 2 days following your appointment.  You may or may not experience actual peeling; each individual is different. The depth of the peel will determine how much redness and flaking or peeling you will experience.  A good result may still be achieved, even without the presence of visible exfoliation.  The stronger the peel, the more red you will get, but the greater the potential for improvement.


How many treatments will I need?

This will vary from person to person.   One peel will improve the appearance and feel of your skin.  A series will offer long-lasting, more visible results.  Peels are often combined with other treatments such as microdermabrasion and home care products to achieve and maintain the best results.  Our skin care specialist will help you decide what is right for you.


Copyright, 2011.  John L. Pfenninger, M.D.                                                                                                                                                             JW/02/11