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
Reasons Why You Should Have A Chemical 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.
VI Peel professional treatments are a favorite of ours! These medium depth peels can be customized to all skin types and colors, addressing all skin concerns. Another great feature is that they are essentially discomfort free! Their 5 custom peel blends address early signs of aging, pigmentation, melasma, mild to moderate lines, and acne on individuals as young as 13.
Pricing & Info
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.
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.
The SkinCeuticals Pigment Balancing Masque is one of the newest 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.
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.
This peel is more advanced and great for all skin types. It is best for individuals 30+ with concerns of pigmentation, lines, acne scarring, and overall texture improvement. Expect peeling with this peel and smoother tone and texture when done in a series.
This peel is good for dry or combination Skin Types 1-4. It is great for individuals who are more sensitive to peels, but want a more aggressive treatment. It will address early signs of aging, fine lines, mild hyperpigmentation, and improve keratosis pilaris.
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.
Chemical Peel Before & After Photos
When receiving chemical peel treatments it is best to consult with one of our skin care specialists to determine a regimen best fit for you. Our light peels can be done routinely for maintenance on a schedule decided between you and the provider. If you are looking to address sun damage, acne scarring or years of skin aging concerns... a more aggressive option may be fit and is best done in a series for optimal results. A series is usually 3 or more chemical peels.
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Recovery from Very Superficial to Medium Depth Peels
Immediately following the procedure, the skin may appear red. Peeling begins to occur over the next 1–7 days. The underlying skin will appear slightly pink and healthier. The recommended post care and sunscreen is recommended. Make-up can be used, but will tend to make the skin look flakier. Improvement can be seen after just one peel and continues with subsequent peels, which can be performed every 2-4 weeks depending on the peel
Medium to Deep Peels by a Physician
Medium depth chemical peels are performed using TCA (30–40%). Because of the strength, they must be performed in the operating room under sedation. Spot treatments can be done in the office. 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. With advanced technology, our doctors steer toward laser treatments for effective improvement and less recovery.
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 can be 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. Consult with one of our doctors to determine what will be the best treatment option for you.