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CHEMICAL PEELS

What is a Chemical Peel?

A Chemical peel 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, chest, back and hands. Chemical peels are used to treat acne, acne scars, age spots, fine lines and wrinkles, freckles, melasma, irregular skin pigmentation, rough skin and scaly patches, scars, sun-damaged skin

Our practice offers a wide array of chemical peels including:

  • VI Peel®

  • Glycolic Acid (Alpha Hydroxy Acid)

  • Salicylic Acid (Beta Hydroxy Acid)

  • Mandelic acid peel

  • Jessner Peel

  • TCA peel

  • Medspa California Peel (This is our signature peel)

  • Obagi Peels PCA Peels Skin Medica Peels

Before & After (Slider)

*Individual results may vary. Unretouched photos of actual patient.

*Individual results may vary. Unretouched photos of actual patient.

How to prepare for your Chemical Peel treatment

 

  • Prepare your skin by cleansing twice a day

  • Apply sunscreen daily

  • Avoid sun exposure

  • Use of products containing retinoids, glycolic acid, and salicylic acid, as well as scrubs, microdermabrasion and waxing should be avoided for 3 days before and for 1 week after a chemical peel.

What happens during treatment?

 

Some aspects of the chemical peel procedure differ according to the type of peel being administered. However, all chemical peel procedures follow the same basic protocols. After cleansing the face, or other area to be treated, a peeling agent is applied. Depending on the agent used, it may be washed off or left on the skin. The procedure usually around 20 minutes.

  • The doctor cleanses the patient’s skin and, if necessary, applies a topical anesthetic to the treatment area.

  • The doctor then applies the chemical peel solution. Solution is formulated according to each patient’s specific needs and goals. As the chemical peel is applied it is common for the patient to feel a tingling or stinging sensation.

  • After the skin peel solution has been on the skin for the prescribed amount of time, it is washed off with water. A soothing ointment is then applied; a thick coating of petroleum jelly is often used after deep chemical peels.

  • Your Board Certified Dermatologist will then instruct you on the after care of your treatment, and may also prescribe a mild pain reliever for discomfort after the procedure, especially if a deep chemical peel was administered.

  • Depending on your skin condition and the strength of the chemical peel, multiple treatments may be necessary to achieve the desired results.

What happens after treatment?

  • On the face, the peeling process usually begins 1-3 days after the procedure while on the body, peeling may not develop until 5-7 days after the procedure.

  • During the peeling process, the skin may appear dry and flaky.

  • Hydrating moisturizers and sunscreen must be used regularly for 7 days after the procedure. Use of these products helps achieve better healing and relieves the peeling process.

  • You will be able to return to work or other activities immediately after your chemical peel.

  • Peels can be repeated in 2-4 weeks. A series of 3-6 treatments may be required depending on your goals and skin condition.

  • Will I look overdone?
    BOTOX® Cosmetic (onabotulinumtoxinA) is a techniquesensitive treatment. You should not lose the ability to show expression when you are treated by someone who is licensed, trained, and a medical expert in facial anatomy. It is important to talk to your provider about the results you want from treatment.
  • Does the treatment hurt?
    Some patients report that being injected with BOTOX® Cosmetic feels like a pinch. Your provider may use ice to numb the treatment area. If you are concerned about discomfort, your provider may apply a topical numbing cream before administering your treatment.
  • How long does treatment take?
    The treatment takes approximately 10 minutes and requires minimal downtime or recovery—it’s often called a lunchtime procedure.
  • What were common side effects seen in clinical studies?
    Three percent of patients experienced eyelid drooping in the frown lines studies and 1% of patients experienced eyelid swelling in the crow’s feet studies. Other possible side effects include: discomfort or pain at the injection site; headache; and eye problems: double vision, blurred vision, drooping eyelids, and swelling of your eyelids. These are not all of the possible serious side effects of BOTOX® Cosmetic.
  • What is the Most Important Information I Should Know About BOTOX® Cosmetic?
    BOTOX® Cosmetic may cause serious side effects that can be life threatening. Get medical help right away if you have any of these problems any time (hours to weeks) after injection of BOTOX® Cosmetic: ​ • Problems swallowing, speaking, or breathing, due to weakening of associated muscles, can be severe and result in loss of life. You are at the highest risk if these problems are pre-existing before injection. Swallowing problems may last for several months. •Spread of toxin effects. The effect of botulinum toxin may affect areas away from the injection site and cause serious symptoms including: loss of strength and all-over muscle weakness, double vision, blurred vision and drooping eyelids, hoarseness or change or loss of voice, trouble saying words clearly, loss of bladder control, trouble breathing, trouble swallowing. ​ There has not been a confirmed serious case of spread of toxin effect when BOTOX® Cosmetic has been used at the recommended dose to treat frown lines, crow’s feet lines or both at the same time. ​ BOTOX® Cosmetic may cause loss of strength or general muscle weakness, vision problems, or dizziness within hours to weeks of taking BOTOX® Cosmetic. If this happens, do not drive a car, operate machinery, or do other dangerous activities. ​ BOTOX® Cosmetic dosing units are not the same as, or comparable to, any other botulinum toxin product.
  • What is BOTOX® Cosmetic?
    BOTOX® Cosmetic is prescription medicine a medical professional injects into muscles to temporarily improve the look of both moderate to severe crow’s feet lines and frown lines between the eyebrows in adults.
  • Who Should Not Use BOTOX® Cosmetic?
    Do not use BOTOX® Cosmetic if you are: allergic to any of the ingredients in BOTOX® Cosmetic such as botulinum toxin type A and human serum albumin; had an allergic reaction to another botulinum toxin product such as Myobloc® (rimabotulinumtoxinB), Dysport® (abobotulinumtoxinA), or Xeomin® (incobotulinumtoxinA); or have a skin infection at the planned injection site.
  • What Should I Tell My Doctor Before Treatment?
    Tell your doctor about all your muscle or nerve conditions, such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s disease), myasthenia gravis, or Lambert-Eaton syndrome, as you may be at increased risk of serious side effects. Tell your doctor if you have or have had bleeding issues; plan to or have had surgery; have forehead muscle weakness such as trouble raising your eyebrows; drooping eyelids; or any changes to your face. ​ Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, are breastfeeding or plan to breast feed. It is not known if BOTOX® Cosmetic can harm your unborn baby or if BOTOX® Cosmetic passes into breast milk.
  • What Are Common Side Effects?
    The most common side effects include temporary injection site pain; weakening of adjacent facial muscles; drooping eyelids; swelling eyelids; and headache. Other side effects, while less common, have been reported including blurred vision, double vision and allergic reactions (itching, rash, red itchy welts, wheezing, asthma symptoms, dizziness or feeling faint).
  • What Should I tell My Doctor About Medicines and Vitamins I Take?
    Using BOTOX® Cosmetic with certain medicines may cause serious side effects. Do not start any new medicines until you have told your doctor that you have received BOTOX® Cosmetic in the past. Tell your doctor if you have received an injection with another botulinum toxin product in the last 4 months, such as Myobloc®, Dysport®, or Xeomin®. Be sure your doctor knows which product you received. ​ Tell your doctor about all prescription and over-the-counter medicines and supplements you take including: vitamins and herbal products; recent antibiotic injections; anticholinergics; muscle relaxants; allergy or cold medicine; sleep medicine; aspirin-like products; and blood thinners. Ask your doctor if you are not sure whether your medicine is listed above.
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