A chemical peel is a cosmetic rejuvenation treatment that removes damaged skin on the face, neck and chest to restore the skin back to it's youthful glow. Specific acids are used to treat fine lines and wrinkles, uneven pigment, improve tone and texture and reduce mild scarring. The result is smoother, more radiant skin.
There are different types and depths of peels and the results you seek will dictate the most effective peel for you. Our peels are classified as light and medium/deep.
A superficial peel is considered the mildest type. It can be used to treat fine lines, acne, uneven pigment and dry or oily skin conditions. Despite being a superficial peel, you will see visible rejuvenation. It can unclog pores, treat fine lines, brighten the tone of the skin and increase cell turnover. Superficial chemical peels may be done in a series over the course of a few weeks to get the desired result. Salicylic and glycolic are the most common acids used in a superficial peel.
Mid Depth Peels
A medium depth peel is a moderate skin resurfacing treatment that is used to treat more pronounced wrinkles, hyper-pigmentation, melasma, and light scarring. Mid depth peels will further enhance the absorption of other skin care products. Trichloroacetic acid and gylcolic acid are commonly used acids in mid depth peels. For those wishing to see more correction may opt for this type of peel.
What To Expect During a Chemical Peel
Minimal redness can be expected in the first 24 hours and mild to moderate exfoliation will take place starting around day 3. Most activities can be resumed after 24 hours. Full exfoliation may take up to 10 days for more aggressive peels. You should avoid topical prescriptions for 7 days prior to a chemical peel and avoid extended sun exposure prior to and following your chemical peel treatment.
What will chemical peels do?
- Remove dead skin cells that cause the skin to look dull
- Stimulate the regenerative process to help with anti-aging
- Decrease fine lines and wrinkles
- Improve skin texture and tone
- Reduce the appearance of melasma, hyper-pigmentation and age spots
- Minimize enlarged pores
- Reduce acne and post inflammatory pigment (red/brown)
- Provide balance to combination skin
What Happens After The Peel
We provide specific post care instructions depending on the peel you receive. Light peels create superficial dryness that lasts 3-5 days, while mid depth peels create more rejuvenation and results in a longer healing time. Moderate exfoliation is to be expected for 5-7 days post treatment on mid depth peels. A detailed instruction sheet is provided and a physical sun protection barrier is essential.
Chemical Peel Procedure
During a chemical peel, the skin is cleansed and the solution is applied, which may cause a brief stinging sensation. Some peels will remain on the skin for a period of time. Post care instructions are provided upon completion of the treatmen
Side Effects of Chemical Peels
Chemical peels can result in tingling or a stinging sensation that resolves itself within 20-30 minutes of the treatment. All peels can cause temporary redness and minor irritation, as well as mild to moderate flaking. After a chemical peel, it is essential to follow the proper post care instructions and keep the skin protected from the sun.