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.

Frequently Asked Questions

What do chemical peels do?


Chemical peeling agents resurface the skin by inducing a controlled wound and thus removing superficial layers of the skin. As a result, chemical peels promote the growth of a new healthy top skin layer and improve skin problems like hyperpigmentation, fine lines and wrinkles, uneven texture and skin impurities.




What should I expect during treatment?


Procedures may vary dependent on the type of chemical peel chosen. Skin is prepped using a medical degreaser to ensure the treated area is free of any oils left on the skin. The chemical agent is then applied and typically remains on the skin for 3 to 5 minutes. Most patients feel a mild stinging which is temporary and usually subsides after a few minutes. Some peels are designed to self neutralize and may remain on your skin for 2-4 hours.




How long is the recovery after a chemical peel and what type of care is necessary?


Recovery times will vary based on the type and strength of the peel. Immediately after the peel, your skin will feel tight and may be red. Any visible peeling will be light and fluffy and easily controlled with moisturizer. Peeling usually lasts 3-5 days, depending on the actual peel treatment. Use of gentle cleanser, moisturizer and sunscreen is important, as it will enhance the healing process and results. Normal activity may be resumed after the peel, however strenuous exercise and heavy sweating should be avoided for 2-3 days. Sun exposure should be avoided while skin is peeling; exposure of treated skin to a lot of heat should also be avoided as it may induce swelling, redness and for deeper peels blisters under the skin. Peeling skin should be allowed to slough off naturally; picking or peeling of flaking skin is prohibited, as it may lead to scarring. Use of prescription topicals should be avoided for 3-5 days post peel.




Why did I not have any visible peeling after my peel?


The success of the peel should not be judged by the amount of peeling, but by the end results that the peel will produce. The amount of peeling may vary depending on individual skin condition at the time of the peel or the depth of the peel. Regardless of the degree of peeling, the skin is still sloughing off at an accelerated rate, resulting in the improvement of skin tone and texture and an improvement of fine lines and uneven pigmentation.




What products or procedures should I avoid before a chemical peel?


• One week before the peel avoid waxing, electrolysis, deploritory creams, and laser hair removal.
• Two to three days before the peel discontinue using any prescription topicals such as Retin-A, differin or Tazorac, as well as any products containing retinol, alpha hydroxyl acids (AHA), beta hydroxyl acids (BHA) or benzoyl peroxide.
• Patients who have had any medical cosmetic facial treatments or procedures such as Laser treatments, cosmetic fillers or other surgical procedures should wait until skin sensitivity has completely resolved before receiving a peel.




What are the counterindications to chemical peels?


Chemical peels should be avoided if any of the following conditions are present:
• Active cold sores, herpes simplex or warts in the area to be treated
• Wounded, sunburned or excessively sensitive skin
• Accutane use within the last year
• History of recent chemotherapy or radiation therapy
• Allergies to aspirin
• Women who are pregnant or actively breastfeeding
• Patients with Vitiligo
• Patients with a history of autoimmune disease (such as rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, lupus, multiple sclerosis etc) or any condition that may weaken their immune system




What can I expect after the 1st 24 hours after the peel?


Your skin will feel tighter and be more red then usual. Your skin may feel tacky and have a yellowish orange tinge that subsides in a few hours. This is due to the Retinoic acid applied to the skin. This is a self neutralizing peel and patients should wait at least 4hours before washing there face that evening.




When will my skin start to peel and for how long?


Peeling will generally start 48-72 hours after your treatment and can last 2-5 days. It is very important not to pick off peeling skin; peeling is minimal and easily controlled with moisturizer. Premature peeling of the skin will result in dry, cracked, raw skin that may develop into hyperpigmentation.




May I exercise after the peel?


Exercise that produces a lot of heavy sweating should be avoided the day of the peel. You may resume all regular activities the next day.




How do I care for my skin after the peel?


Use of a soap free gentle cleanser shall be used to wash your face, scrubs and wash cloths should be avoided while skin is peeling. Application of a hydrating moisturizer twice a day or as often as necessary is recommended to relieve dryness and control peeling. TNS ceramide cream, Elta intense moisturizer or Neocutis bio cream are all highly suggested. A physical Sunblock must be worn daily. Its best to avoid prolonged sun exposure for 1-week post peel.





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