What is a chemical peel?
A chemical peel is a procedure in which a chemical exfoliant (acid or base) is applied to remove damaged layers of skin. Chemical peels are graded (very superficial to deep) depending on the depth of penetration and the layer of skin that is removed with a peel. Depending on the amount and depth of photodamage, real improvement in sun spots, wrinkles, and hyperpigmentation may require different depths of chemical peels.
What are the benefits of chemical peels?
Corrective peels have been shown to be an excellent, non-invasive way to improve skin tone and texture as well as reverse aging effects caused by the sun, environment, and genetics. Chemical Peels are Effective for a broad range of problems including:
- Sun damaged skin and age spots on the face, hands, shoulders/back, chest, and neck
- Fine lines and wrinkles including: Crow’s feet, lipstick lines, fine lines around eyes
- Acne scars (better with medium/deep peels)
- Destruction of skin lesions
- Lighter and spot peels require no sedation
Very Superficial to Superficial Peel
For lighter more superficial peels, glycolic acid in varying strengths (20–70%), Jessner’s solution, and low strength TCA are used and are able to be performed in the office. The skin is thoroughly cleansed and degreased. The agent is applied to the face evenly. A mild stinging or burning is experienced which abates rapidly. These peels can be done by any of our experienced Master Aestheticians at any of our office locations.
Regular treatments are best for maximum results and often purchased in packages of 6, which helps lowers the price per peel.
SkinCeuticals professional treatments are scientifically formulated to gently stimulate, firm, and tighten the skin. Advanced ingredients are carefully blended and work synergistically to remove dull, damaged surface layers without the downtime often associated with chemical peels. SkinCeuticals includes a combination of treatments including enhanced jessner, blended TCA, Salicylic Acid, Retinol, and peel alternatives for correction.
SkinCeuticals GLYCOLIC ACID PEEL
SkinCeuticals Glycolic Acid Peel is the most common glycolic chemical peel performed with different strength options available depending on patient tolerance and needs. This peel accelerates skin cell turnover for improvement of dry, dull skin and helps with fine lines and wrinkles. It is also completely safe and non-toxic. It can be used on the face, neck, chest, hands and back and comes with minimal irritaion. Cost: $95
SkinCeuticals SALISYLIC ACID PEEL
SkinCeuticals Salicylic Acid Peel is best for oily and acne prone skin. This peel also increases cell turnover, which stimulates collagen, and also helps reduce breakouts and post-lesion discoloration. There is no downtime though mild peeling will likely occur. Cost: $95
SkinCeuticals PIGMENT BALANCING MASQUE
The SkinCeuticals Pigment Balancing Masque is one of the best treatments for brightening the skin. This masque targets uneven skin tones with a combination of skin brightening, anti-inflammatory and peeling agents, stimulating cell turnover and revealing the healthy skin below. If a mottled complexion and uneven skin tone is a concern, this is a great choice for a peel. It does not contain hydroquinone but has similar effectiveness. Cost: $125
SkinCeuticals ADVANCED CORRECTIVE PEEL
The SkinCeuticals Advanced Corrective Peel helps minimize the appearance of large pores, evens skin tone and texture, restores brighter skin, and improves stubborn discoloration. This peel is safe for all skin types and Fitzpatrick I-V. Cost: $135
SkinCeuticals SMART TCA PEEL
The SkinCeuticals SMART TCA Peel is the latest chemical peel to be released from this popular skincare line. TCA (Trichloroacetic Acid) is known as the gold-standard ingredient in chemical peeling and has been used for decades by many physicians. This is a strong peel that greatly improves the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, pore size, laxity and stubborn pigmentation. Treatment includes a Restorative Masque to soothe the skin immediately following chemical peel application. The SMART TCA peel is safe for a variety of skin types (Fitzpatrick I-IV). Cost: $225
These treatments create mild occlusion to enhance absorption of the vitamins, antioxidants and rich actives into the skin for maximum benefits.
The VI Peel offers a non-invasive approach to healthier, younger looking with with little downtime. It is virtually painless and suitable for all sky types. The VI Peel addresses fine lines, wrinkles, sun damage, pore size, acne and acne scarring. There are five major ingredients in each peel; Trichoraoacetic Acid (TCA), Retinoic Acid (Vitamin A), Salicylic Acid, Phenol, and L-Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C). The VI PLUS treatments offer a more aggressive approach to each peel. Transform your skin in as little as 7 days. Peels can be done every 4-6 weeks and depending on sky type, condition, a series may be recommended. A comprehensive post care kit is included with each treatment for safe and maximum results. To learn more about the different VI Peel options, click HERE. Cost: $225
Chemical Peel Before & After Photos
All SkinCeutical peels are recommended in a series of 4-6 treatments for maximum benefits. You can purchase a package at one time by purchasing 3 chemical peels and receiving the 4th peel for free. For upcoming specials on chemical peels, visit our Specials & Events page.
We also have a 5 month skin program that utilizes peels, lasers, and products specifically designed to tackle individual patients concerns and improve the overall health and look of the skin.
Recovery from Very Superficial to Superficial Peels
Immediately following the procedure, the skin may appear red. Peeling begins to occur over the next 1–3 days. The underlying skin will appear slightly pink and healthier. Sunscreen and moisturizers are recommended. Make-up can be used. Improvement can be seen after just one peel and continues with subsequent peels, which can be performed weekly.
Medium to Deep Peels
Medium depth chemical peels are performed using TCA (30–40%). They may be performed under local anesthesia in the office or in the operating room under sedation. The agent is applied to the face evenly and the depth of penetration carefully monitored. Deep chemical peels are performed using Baker’s solution under sedation and monitoring. Deep chemical peels are only appropriate for select patients. Because of the depth and strength of these peels, Dr. Thompson treats all patients undergoing a medium to deep chemical peel.
Recovery from Medium to Deep Peels
The skin may appear red and swollen immediately following the procedure. The swelling is more pronounced with a deep chemical peel. The skin will turn brown over 48 hours and slough over the next 7–10 days. Make-up and sunscreen / moisturizer can then be used. The underlying skin will appear pinker and healthier. This pink appearance completely fades in 2–3 weeks and is easily covered with make–up. Continued improvement from these peels can be seen even up to a year following the procedure. A medium depth peel can be repeated every 6 months to 1 year. A deep chemical peel can only be done once.
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