A chemical peel is a technique used to improve the appearance of the skin on the face, neck or hands. A chemical solution is applied to the skin that causes it to exfoliate and eventually peel off. The new, regenerated skin is usually smoother and less wrinkled than the old skin. Chemical peels are also highly effective in revitalizing dull and rough skin. They reduce irregularities, brown pigmentation, age spots and freckles as well as help to diminish fine lines and mild acne scars. Men and women of any skin color can be treated successfully with light chemical peels. We also have specialized chemical peels for teenage and adult acne, as well as for treatment of Rosacea.
Glycolic or Salicylic Acid Peels
Glycolic acid is an ideal chemical peel for aged and pigmented skin. It is recommended for all skin types. It helps reduce fine lines and wrinkles, sun damage and acne scarring. Salicylic acid is perfect for acne and sensitive skins.
These peels are designed for those clients who want mild and gentle results. There will be very little downtime, which means that you can fit the treatment around your normal daily activities. The treatment itself is not uncomfortable – a slight tingling sensation is felt as the peel is being applied. A cooling vitamin C facemask is applied after treatment to enhance the effects and to cool the skin. A slight tingling may occur and your skin may be more red than usual for up to an hour afterwards.
Trichloroacetic Acid Peel- TCA Peel
TCA peel is a highly effective medium peel to treat those first fine lines, skin discoloration and acne. It is well tolerated by the skin and should be applied in 4 weekly sessions. There is no need to prepare the skin beforehand. While the peel is being applied, you will feel a sensation of warmth on your face that is perfectly bearable. The first 2 days after the peel, your face feels a little tight. By the 3rd and 4th day, your skin will flake more noticeably. Healing time will depend on the peel depth chosen. It is very important to use sunblock after the peel. Our staff will give you more detailed information of the aftercare.
Chemical peels do not require a long recovery time, and you’ll notice an improvement almost immediately. On your initial consultation, we will assess your skin, address your specific concerns and plan an individualized treatment program for you. The following chapters give you an overview of the chemical peel types we offer.
“Chemical peels are great for fighting acne, reducing the look of pores, erasing fine lines, treating hyperpigmentation and reviving dull complexions. I often use them in conjunction with laser treatments to get the best results possible for my patients.”
– Dr. Zoe Filyk
Procedure Time: Appointments are thirty minutes to an hour.
Number of Sessions: Varies depending on the patient’s aesthetic goals and/or issues being treated.
Before the Procedure: Stop using retinol products one week prior to treatment. During your consultation different peel options will be discussed.
During the Procedure: Skin is cleansed and one to six layers of peel may be applied depending on patient tolerance, and the acidity level of the peel. The application feels warm or hot and can sting a little. These sensations gradually subside over the course of a few minutes.
After the Procedure: Immediately after the peel the skin may be cleansed or a sealant product may be applied along with sunscreen. Skin may appear mildly to moderately red initially and this subsides over the course of a few minutes or a few hours depending on the strength of the peel.
Our Healthcare and Cosmetics practitioners will advise you on your post-care regime, and it is important that you follow the advice given. Again, you must always wear high sun factor protection to protect your skin.