plasma peel procedure

Does less than stellar skin prevent you from making an ideal first impression?

Fine lines, acne, dark spots, wrinkles, and blemishes can keep you from looking and feeling your best. Taking care of your skin can leave you feeling more confident and youthful.

Atlanta’s own, Dr. Brian Arslanian, MD, FACS is the go-to plastic surgeon for the city’s most beautiful. Be among them and have your skincare needs addressed by a top ATL plastic surgeon!

About Plasma Peel

Harnessing the results of two very successful skincare procedures, Dr. Alslanian is able to reverse the signs of aging and damage. The Plasma Peel is the combination of a trichloroacetic acid (TCA) chemical peel with platelet rich plasma injections. 

The chemical peel addresses the surface of the skin – balancing skin tone and texture by removing old layers of skin and revealing the new skin underneath. PRP injections aid in the skin’s healing process, ensuring a relatively quick recovery from the chemical peel. This combination not only helps clear your skin, but rejuvenates and enhances the health of your skin. 

Benefits of Plasma Peel

The benefits of a Plasma Peel are vast! A smoother, more supple appearance to your face can boost your confidence. Also, a plasma peel is a relatively quick procedure that will not monopolize your entire day. Patients can expect to experience the following benefits following a Plasma Peel procedure with Dr. Arslanian:

  • Increased self-esteem
  • Clearer, healthier skin
  • Non-invasive, effective skin treatment
  • Minimize the time spent on covering imperfections
  • Long-lasting results
  • Healthier skin
  • Quicker recovery
  • Remove dull, damaged skin
  • Brighter, more youthful-looking skin
  • Can treat a variety of skin types and skin tones

Plasma Peel Candidates

Ideal candidates for Plasma Peel are healthy individuals who are dissatisfied with the quality and appearance of their skin. They do not have skin conditions such as eczema, rosacea, or psoriasis and are not currently pregnant or nursing. Those looking to undergo a plasma peel have otherwise healthy skin with no open wounds or active infections. Patients who use blood thinners may not be appropriate for a Plasma Peel. 

Contact Dr. Arslanian’s office today if you have questions about your Plasma Peel candidacy.

Consultation for Plasma Peel

During a one-on-one consultation, you will have the opportunity to discuss your skincare goals and expectations.

Dr. Arslanian will inquire about your health and medical history, including current medications, conditions, and allergies. He will also have you disclose your current skincare routine. Your skin will be examined and Dr. Arslanian will explain the Plasma Peel procedure to you.

If you are a candidate for Plasma Peel, a customized treatment plan will be created to address your specific skin-related concerns. Dr. Arslanian will quote your final price for your Plasma Peel. 

Any questions you may have about Plasma Peel will be answered and Dr. Arslanian will provide you with his professional medical opinion on how best to proceed.

Ready to learn more about Plasma Peel and how it can help you achieve your skincare goals? Contact Arslanian Plastic Surgery today to schedule your private consultation!

Preparing for Plasma Peel

You will be provided pre-treatment instructions to prepare for a Plasma Peel. This may include decreasing or ceasing certain medications or products which may make the skin especially sensitive or vulnerable. You may also be directed to increase or continue use of sunscreen, moisturizers, and facial cleansers. Being compliant with the pre-treatment instructions will ensure you experience optimal treatment results

Dr. Arslanian will review pre-treatment instructions specific to your case during your consultation. 

Plasma Peel Procedure

The Plasma Peel procedure is two-fold, as it consists of a TCA chemical peel and plasma injections. Your skin will be cleansed and you may receive a topical anesthetic and/or sedative prior to TCA application. This will make you comfortable during the procedure. From there, Dr. Arslanian will carefully apply the appropriate TCA chemical to your skin.

If addressing the face, either the entire face may receive treatment or specific, targeted areas. 

The TCA will remain on your face for an allotted amount of time, depending on the strength of the peel. This time does not surpass a few minutes. You may experience some mild discomfort such as tingling or stinging, and your skin may turn grey as the TCA penetrates the epidermis during this time. 

The TCA will be neutralized and removed from the skin. Topical serums will be applied to hydrate and protect the skin as it heals. 

Following the TCA application, Dr. Arslanian will take a vial of blood from your arm. The vial will be placed in a centrifuge where it will spin at a high speed. As it spins, the blood components will separate, eventually making the platelet rich plasma easily accessible. 

Dr. Arslanian will extract the plasma and prepare it for injection into the TCA treated area(s). The plasma is gently injected under the skin, leaving you with plumper skin! The plasma will work to aid in the healing process. It contains growth factors that will enhance collagen, elastin, and blood vessel generation, potentially cutting your recovery time and giving you that fresh-faced glow you have dreamed of!1

TCA Peel

TCA chemical peels come in different strengths to affect the skin at different depths. A TCA peel can be superficial, medium, or deep.2 Depending on your goals and the concerns you would like to address, the strength of the TCA will vary between patients. 

Superficial peels affect the epidermis. The outermost layer is removed and there is a regeneration of new cells. The dermis reacts to the superficial TCA peel through an inflammatory response. This activates collagen and elastin generation. The end result of a superficial TCA peel may be a brighter, smoother complexion.

A private consultation with Dr. Hotlanta will help determine which concentration of TCA will be best for your skin type and concerns. Contact Dr. Arslanian’s office today to learn more!

Medium-depth peels remove the epidermis layers and affects the papillary and upper reticular dermis. New epidermis is formed and collagen is produced. Medium-depth TCA peels can help treat scarring from acne, uneven skin tone, and wrinkles. 

Deep TCA peels reach the reticular dermis, removing the epidermis and superficial dermis. These layers are regenerated along with collagen, elastin, and melanocytes. These new cells develop in a more uniform manner at thicker rates. This gives the skin an even tone and more supple appearance. 

Plasma Peel Results

Immediately following your Plasma Peel, your skin may be red and tender. This is usually well-tolerated by patients and should subside in the coming days. You may notice your skin become darker following Plasma Peel. This is common as the dead skin is preparing to slough off. About 2-3 days following the procedure, your treated skin may become dry and begin to flake or peel. It is important that you do not pick at the skin. Instead, keep it moisturized and protected from the sun to minimize flakiness.

Around day 5-7 you may begin to apply makeup to enhance the effects of your Plasma Peel!

After a week, you may notice the results of your Plasma Peel. Your skin will be brighter, more toned, even, and supple! These long-lasting results are best maintained through a skin-hydrating regimen. Use an effective sunscreen to protect from sun damage. During your consultation, Dr. Arslanian will discuss how best to care for your unique skin post-Plasma Peel. 

If you are ready to see the results for yourself, schedule a Plasma Peel consultation today!

Complementary Procedures

A Plasma Peel can be the beginning of your healthy skin journey! After experiencing the tailored treatment, you can keep your results looking amazing by maintaining a skincare routine that works for you. Dr. Arslanian offers a number of procedures that can augment the results of a Plasma Peel long after the last skin is shed.

Botox Cosmetic

Botox is a household name when it comes to reducing the appearance of wrinkles. If you are looking to maximize the new smooth texture of your skin, Botox can help keep the fine lines at bay. Botox is a neurotoxin that is injected into the muscles of the face which contribute to the development of wrinkles. It prevents the associated muscles from flexing and creating lines on the face, such as crow’s feet and the “11” lines that appear between the eyebrows.

Dermal Fillers

Fillers are used to fill depressions in the skin and contour areas that may have become hollowed or deflated due to age or genetics. Dermal fillers can address sunken cheeks, thin lips, and even atrophic scars from acne. Fillers are injected just below the skin to enhance the volume of the treated area(s) giving you a more youthful appearance.


If you are looking for a more substantial solution to address the effects of sun damage and aging, a facelift/neck lift can turn back the clock! A facelift is a surgical procedure that removes sagging skin and associated tissue from the face and neck. The remaining tissue is pulled taut and sutured in place. The result will be a more toned profile. 

If you are interested in optimizing your Plasma Peel results, Dr. Arslanian will work with you to determine the best complementary procedures for your specific case. Contact Arslanian Plastic Surgery today to schedule a consultation.

Plasma Peel Cost

Because of the unique nature of your skin, a treatment plan will be customized specifically for you! Dr. Arslanian will discuss the various factors that will affect the cost of your Plasma Peel during your one-on-one consultation. An individualized cost breakdown will be provided if you are a Plasma Peel candidate. 

Additional Resources

  1. Zenker, S. (2010). Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) for facial rejuvenation. J Med Esth et Chir Derm, XXXVII(148), 179-183. Retrieved from
  2. Fischer, T. C., Perosino, E., Poli, F., Viera, M. S., Dreno, B. (2010). Chemical in aesthetic dermatology: An update 2009. Journal of The European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology, 24(3), 281-292.