Medical Grade Chemical Peels
What are Chemical Peels?
A chemical peel, also called derma peeling, is one of the least invasive ways to improve the appearance of your skin. Although chemical peels are used mostly on the face, they can also be used to improve the skin on your neck and hands.
Types of Derma Peels
Light Chemical Peel
A light chemical peel will help with mild skin imperfections and will improve tone and texture with no down time. These are normally done more frequent for best results.
Medium Chemical Peel
A medium chemical peel with help with mild to moderate skin imperfections a more immediate result is visible after one treatment.
Deep Chemical Peel
A deep chemical peel will help with moderate to severe skin imperfections and will give the most dramatic improvements.
Am I a candidate for chemical peel treatments?
Many adults are good candidates for chemical peel treatments. To ensure optimal results with minimal risks, we conduct a thorough consultation, medical history review, and examination of the skin. It is important to discuss all medications and supplements that are taken; some can increase the risk of adverse reactions to chemical agents. A history of cold sores or noticeable scarring may also contribute to poor results from a chemical peel.
If you are interested in getting a chemical peel, schedule a consultation with us so we can discuss your concerns and how, or if, a chemical peel may help. This resurfacing treatment is good for concerns such as fine lines, sun damage, and discoloration. It is not a treatment for saggy skin or deep wrinkles.
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The Chemical Peel Procedure
During a phenol or TCA peel, the skin is cleansed then the solution is applied. The solution may cause a brief stinging sensation. Petroleum jelly or a waterproof adhesive tape may be put on the skin following a phenol peel. During an AHA peel, the skin is cleansed and the solution applied. Afterward, there is no need for post-peel ointment or covering.
What Results Can I Expect from Chemical Peel Treatment?
Chemical Peels are an effective way to achieve healthier younger-looking skin. We offer a variety of peels from light, to medium, to deep, to fit a patient’s needs and desired results. Chemical peels are an effective treatment to:
- Reduce visible signs of aging, including fine lines and wrinkles
- Achieve a healthier, more radiant and youthful appearance by brightening skin and improving its color and clarity
- Tighten and improve texture for smoother softer skin
- Minimize the appearance of skin imperfections such as age/dark spots, acne prone skin, and premature aging caused by sun exposure
How long does it take to start to see results?
Improvements can be seen right away after a light peel but, due to the superficial nature of this treatment, those improvements are subtle. More obvious results occur when a series of light peels is performed.
Medium peels may cause mild to moderate flaking for approximately one week. After that time, visible improvements can continue for up to one month.
Deep chemical peels penetrate through the epidermis and can cause significant side effects like swelling and redness. Results may begin to appear approximately 2 weeks after this treatment. This is when new skin cells develop. However, white spots or cysts may continue to appear for several weeks. Redness continues to decrease for several months.
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Is there a recovery process after chemical peels?
There may be a slight recovery process after a chemical peel. How long that is depends on the type of peel that is performed.
After a light chemical peel, patients can expect their skin to be dry, red, and mildly irritated for up to a few days. We may suggest certain moisturizing or protective creams or ointments to apply to assist with the recovery process. By one-week post-treatment, most side effects of the peel are gone and the skin looks smooth and radiant.
After a medium chemical peel, patients can expect moderate redness and swelling. The skin may feel tight and may sting for a short time. Immediately after a medium peel, the provider may apply a protective cream or ointment to decrease stinging and redness. For a few days after a medium peel, patients may want to fan the face or apply ice packs for short periods to soothe warmth and stinging. Side effects of a medium peel should resolve in 7 to 14 days. However, slight redness may last for months.
After a deep chemical peel, patients can expect significant redness and swelling. The eyes may swell shut for a short time. The skin may throb and burn or sting. Immediately after a deep chemical peel, the provider may apply a watertight dressing. Prescription pain medication may be taken to maintain comfort and the patient will need to sleep with their head elevated. New skin develops about two weeks after a deep chemical peel. However, redness and other side effects can last for several weeks up to several months.
How Long Do Results From Chemical Peels Last?
The results of a chemical peel can last for one month or longer depending on the strength of the peel that is performed and the care the skin receives after treatment. Deep chemical peels are intended for one-time use only and will achieve results that can last several years. The consistent use of sunscreen and well-made skincare products is essential to long-term dermatologic health and beauty.
How often can I get chemical peel treatments?
- Light chemical peels may be performed as often as every 4 weeks.
- Medium peels can be performed as often as every three to six months.
- Deep peels address significant signs of aging in a single treatment. Results last years.
Are There Side Effects to Chemical Peel Treatments?
A TCA or phenol peel can cause tingling or throbbing, reddened skin, a crust or scab, and significant swelling that lasts, depending on the strength of the peel used, about a week. With a phenol peel, eyes could be swollen shut at first, and the patient may be put on a liquid diet and advised to keep talking to a minimum. Any adhesive tape used is removed after a day or two. AHA peels can cause temporary stinging, redness and irritation, as well as flaking or crusting. After a chemical peel, it is very important that the skin is protected from the sun.
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How Much Do Chemical Peel Treatments Cost?
Cost is always a consideration in elective procedures or treatment. The cost for a chemical peel will vary based on the type of chemical peel performed, and the area of the treatment.
Can I wear makeup after a chemical peel treatment?
Makeup may be worn as early as the day after a light chemical peel. When scheduling a medium or deep peel, be prepared to go makeup-free as long as the skin is peeling and flaking. Your provider will discuss the timing of wearing makeup based on your customized peel treatment.