Chemical peel uses a chemical solution to improve and smooth the texture of the facial skin by removing its damaged outer layers. It is helpful for those individuals with facial blemishes, wrinkles and uneven skin pigmentation. The precise formula used may be adjusted to meet each patient's needs. Although chemical peel may be performed in conjunction with a facelift, it is not a substitute for such surgery, nor will it prevent or slow the aging process.
Our esthetician will apply the glycolic acid solution to your cleansed facial skin, a process that usually takes no more than 20 minutes. No "after-peel" ointment or covering is required. Depending on the strength of the peel, periodic treatments may be necessary until the desired effects are achieved.
Is a chemical peel right for me?
Chemical peels are most commonly performed for cosmetic reasons—to enhance your appearance and your self-confidence. Chemical peels may also remove pre-cancerous skin growths, soften acne facial scars and even control acne. Our glycolic acid peels can provide smoother, brighter-looking skin for people who can't spare the time to recover from a phenol or TCA peel. Glycolic peels may be used to treat fine wrinkling, areas of dryness, uneven pigmentation and acne. Various concentrations of our Glycolic peel may be applied weekly or at longer intervals to obtain the best result. Our esthetician will make this decision during your consultation and as the treatment continues you may want to add our medical grade skin care line to help enhance the procedure.
A chemical peel is normally a safe procedure when it is performed by a qualified, experienced esthetician. However, some unpredictability and risks such as infection and scarring, while infrequent, are possible. Glycolic peels may cause stinging, redness, irritation and crusting. However, as the skin adjusts to the treatment regimen, these problems will subside.
What is a chemical peel?
The cumulative effects of the sun, age, and smoking make the skin appear wrinkled and thin. In addition, abnormal cells may grow and multiply, creating unsightly spots or in some cases, skin cancers. Luckily for us, the skin is unique in its ability to regenerate itself. The normal pace of regeneration, however, is slow and does not prevent the accumulation of abnormal skin cells. A more efficient way of ridding the body of those abnormal cells and replacing them with 'new' skin is to 'peel' off the top layers of skin. The body then replaces these layers with new skin that is healthier and younger looking.
Which chemical peels are better?
There is no one peel that is better than the other. Choosing a peel depends on the amount of recovery time you are willing to invest. Peels can be classified as 'superficial' or 'deep' depending on how many layers of skin are eliminated.
The more superficial peels have little downtime. Thus, the popularity of the 'lunchtime peels.' The deeper peels require medically supervised care during the healing phase for optimal results, and patients may need to be homebound for several days. The visible effects of the superficial peels are subtle, whereas the effects of deeper peels are dramatic.
What should I expect after a treatment?
After a Glycolic peel, it is common to experience some temporary flaking or scaling, redness and dryness of the skin. However, these conditions will disappear as the skin adjusts to treatment.
How long before I am back to normal?
With a Glycolic peel, the temporary redness, flaking and dryness that you experience will not prevent you from working or engaging in your normal activities. A fresher and improved skin texture will result with continued AFA treatments. Remember, protecting your skin from the sun is also important following these mild acid peels. Ask your esthetician to recommend a sunblock with adequate UVA and UVB protection and use it every day.
How long will it take me to notice improvements on my skin?
Improvements from glycolic peels may be very subtle at first. You may detect a healthier glow to your skin. With continued treatments, you will notice a general improvement in the texture of your skin.