Chemical peels are exfoliating skin treatments which create impressive change in the tone and texture of your skin, however exfoliating the skin with chemical peeling is not something that just started. It actually began more than 5,000 years ago in ancient Egypt, when Egyptian royalty bathed in sour milk or lactic acid to get a brighter, more vibrant complexion. In other parts of the world, wine with tartric acid and acids derived from sugar cane which produced alpha-hydroxy-acids were used. Alpha-hydroxy-acid is the active ingredient responsible for skin exofoliation. In the late 1800s physicians found that a variety of chemicals, when applied to the skin, created enough irritation to reduce age-related skin changes. It was noted that after an initial chemical burn, as the skin healed, many beneficial improvements were observed such as a lightening of brown spots or reduction in acne scarring. A chemical peel is still an effective, therapeutic option for skin rejuvenation today. Their simplicity and low cost make them an ideal complement to every skin care regimen. If you desire chemical exfoliation, we provide a number of options from which you can choose. Each peel type is designed to improve specific skin concerns. We will be happy to assist you with your selection of the chemical peel that is best for you and customize your chemical peel treatment.
What is a glycolic treatment?
A glycolic peel is an alpha-hydroxyl-acid treatment that is non-toxic to skin cells. Glycolic peels are formulated with sugar cane and are the very popular because they are very effective and produce minimal side effects.
How does a glycolic treatment benefit me?
• Softens fine lines
• Wrinkle reduction
• Increased smoothness of skin texture
• Mild to moderate leveling of acne scars
• Lightening of pigmentation irregularities (age spots and dark spots)
• Even skin tone
• Increased skin moisture
• Increased skin radiance and glow
• Minimization of pore size
• Glycolic acid peels are also believed to stimulate the growth of collagen (a protein that gives the skin structure).
How does a glycolic treatment work for me?
A glycolic peel is a superficial peel that gently exfoliates the damaged layers of cells that are covering healthy cells. Improvement in the appearance of the skin is usually obtained after a series of treatments.
What can I expect during the treatment?
The treated area is cleansed and the glycolic solution is applied. The solution is left on for two to five minutes or as required. It is neutralized and followed by a custom designed post peel protocol. A few days after the treatment, your skin may look slightly red and may slightly peel, however you will notice a visible difference in the appearance of your skin, even after the first treatment. We will recommend an at-home regiment to maintain your new appearance.We offer several different strengths of glycolic solutions. The stronger the concentration, the deeper the solution will dissolve unwanted, damaged tissue. A consultation will help determine which strength is best for you.
Am I a candidate for a glycolic treatment?
Almost anyone can benefit from a glycolic peel. The best way to control aging skin and reverse skin damage is through a regular exfoliation regiment. Glycolic peels are the most gentle of all the chemical peel preparations available, yet provide great exfoliation for the skin. Results from a series of glycolic peels are comparable to deeper peels, without complications.
How much downtime should I expect?
Glycolic peels are commonly referred to as “lunchtime peels” because they do not require long recovery periods or significant downtime. You can resume your daily activities, or return to work immediately after a glycolic treatment.
Are there any contraindications for a glycolic treatment?
There are not very many contraindications to a glycolic peel; however, if you have a skin disorder such as psoriasis or rosacea, you would not be a candidate for this peel. Women who are breast feeding or pregnant are also not advised to have a glycolic peel.
What should I do after a glycolic treatment?
Immediately after a glycolic peel you should avoid exposing the treated area to the sun for three hours. Three days following the treatment you should use a gentle cleanser, gentle moisturizer and avoid retinoic products or alpha hydroxyl products. If you plan to be in the sun, you should use a sun block with an SPF 30 or higher. Should you experience slight skin sloughing, make sure you do not scratch, pick or peel the skin while it is exfoliating.
What is a Jessner’s peel treatment?
A Jessner’s peel is a medium-depth peel that is designed to improve more extensive skin damage than an alpha-hydroxyl-acid peel can provide. It is made of salicylic acid, for penetration, lactic acid for exfoliation and resorcinol (which is great for the treatment of acne).
How does a Jessner’s peel treatment benefit me?
• Reduces the appearance of acne scars
• Reduces hyperpigmentation
• Smoothes fine lines and wrinkles
• Improves overall complexion
• Helps loosen stubborn acne
• Restores a youthful glow
• Customized treatment for more extensive skin damage
How does the Jessner’s peel treatment work for me?
The combination of the substances used to formulate a Jessner’s peel, make this such a powerful and effective skin therapy. The components are put together because they exfoliate the outer layers of your skin, which promotes the natural peeling of those top layer(s) a few days after the treatment. Once peeling has subsided, you are left with visibly clear, smooth, vibrant skin. This is why a Jessner’s treatment is especially suited for anyone who has sun damage or mild to severe acne.
What can I expect during the treatment?
Your skin is cleansed with a glycolic cleanser to remove dirt, oil and the horny (the outermost layer) of the skin, which allows proper penetration of the Jessner’s mix. Then, the solution is applied. It will burn slightly; however, we relieve this sensation with a fan blowing cool air on your treated area. Depending on the severity of the area being treated, several layers of solution may be applied. During the process a white “frost” will develop on your skin but will dissipate in a few hours. The peel is neutralized and removed with cold water. Finally a calming mask is applied.You will peel for about seven days afterwards, and your skin will turn from pink to brown. Once the process is complete, nice new skin is revealed. If needed, this peel can be repeated again in four week intervals, until your desired results are accomplished. Usually only one treatment is necessary.
Am I a candidate for the Jessner’s treatment?
The Jessner’s peel is excellent for men and women if you are concerned about lines, uneven skin tone and acne. Jessner’s solution is not, however, recommended for darker skin types.
Are there any contraindications to the Jessner’s peel treatment?
• Active cold sores
• Accutane use within the last six months
• Sever asthma
• Distended capillaries
• Dermatitis conditions
• Chronic skin disorders
Can I expect downtime after a Jessner’s treatment?
You can expect about seven days of peeling.
How do I care for my skin after a Jessner’s treatment?
Do not pick our pull the flaking or peeling skin. You will also avoid moisturizing for a few days, as this will lessen the effects of the peel.
What is a salicylic treatment?
Salicylic acid is a beta hydroxyl acid peel made from willow bark. It is primarily used for skin conditions such as acne; acne blemishes and scars caused by acne, but can also reverse the effects of aging and smooth fine lines and wrinkles.
How does a salicylic treatment benefit me?
• Salicylic acid has anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties; therefore it will calm and soothe skin irritated by acne.
• Reduce cyst, blemishes and breakout
• Exfoliate dull, dead surface skin
• Cleanse the skin of oil, dirt and debris
• Penetrate clogged pores and follicles
• Accelerate collagen production for firmer, healthier skin
• Remove fine lines and wrinkles
• Reduce hyperpigmentation
How does a salicylic treatment work for me?
Beta hydroxyl acid peels such as salicylic break the bonds that hold dead skin cells in place and removes those cells, leaving behind healthier, newer looking skin. Salicylic acid is fat soluble which allows penetration of the solution into the skin, to reduce comedones (blackheads and whiteheads). The ability for penetration makes salicylic treatments great for people with oily and/or acne prone skin because it will clean pores more effectively; remove dirt, dust and any accumulated sebum which cause breakout.
Am I a candidate for a salicylic treatment?A salicylic treatment is excellent for anyone who is concerned about acne blemishes and breakout. Salicylic is also highly recommended for people who have sensitive skin and conditions due to skin sensitivity such as Rosacea.
What can I expect during the treatment?
Before the treatment the skin is thoroughly cleansed. Then the solution is applied and left on for ten to fifteen minutes. You may experience a mild burning sensation while the peel is working. A fan blowing cool air on the treated area is used to minimize discomfort. The solution is removed and a cold compress is applied to ease any irritation. At the conclusion of the treatment, your skin may be slightly red and flaky. The top layer of skin will gradually slough away over the next few days, allowing new skin to appear.
What should I expect after a salicylic treatment?
It is important to use a sun block after a salicylic peel because sun exposure can causefurther irritation and adverse side affects.
What are the contraindications for a salicylic treatment?
A history of allergy to aspirin, pregnancy or lactating is contraindicated.
What is a TCA?
TCA or trichloroacetic acid is the most commonly used medium depth peel solution. They are ideal for men or women who want more than a superficial peel but do not want the expense or recovery time of a deeper peel. TCA is effective in promoting skin softness and vitality.
What is a TCA treatment?
TCA is a medium depth peel which provides improvement in many different skin conditions after a period of recovery. It is the most popular and reliable treatment for skin imperfections. TCA preparations are used in varying concentrations from ten percent to fifty percent. The higher the concentration of trichloroacetic acid, the deeper the peel will penetrate. Twenty-five percent is the most commonly used strength for the treatment of most skin conditions.
Am I a candidate for a TCA treatment?
TCA peels are great for men or women who want to promote skin softness and vitality. TCA peel treatments, unlike deeper peel solutions, are safely performed on people with olive or light brown skin. The drawback to a TCA peel is the skin appears to have severe sunburn for about a week following the treatment TCA peels are not only great for facial rejuvenation, but they are excellent for body imperfections as well.
Is a TCA treatment safe for me?
TCA peels are very safe and effective. TCA solutions come in various strengths. Deeper treatments should be performed only with the supervision of a physician.
How will the TCA treatment work for me?
TCA peels make the skin look luminous and build collagen. These peels not only reduce the signs of aging, but protect against skin cancers by removing sun damaged skin cells. The epidermis (outer layer of skin) and dermis (deeper skin layer) become thicker, more elastic and more resilient with increased capacity to retain hydration, resulting in more beautiful, youthful skin.
How will I benefit from a TCA treatment?
• Improved collagen and elastin or tone and firmness
• Reduction in fine lines and wrinkles
• Reduction in acne scars and dark spots
• Lighten or diminish tattoos (Tattoos will progressively lighten with each treatment results depend on the darkness and depth of the .......tattoo).
• Improve skin color and texture
• Reduction in superficial discoloration
• Skin looks refreshed
• Reduces dark circles under the eyes
• Removes skin tags
Is a TCA treatment painful?
You will experience a burning sensation during the treatment. We will offer pain medication to make you comfortable.
What can I expect during a TCA treatment?
TCA peels are a little more involved than superficial peels. It is important to prep your skin to insure overall great results. Preparing your skin before your medium depth TCA treatment will result in deeper penetration of the solution, faster recovery and lower risk for discoloration.
Skin preparation is achieved by applying Retin-A, glycolic based products and a bleaching agent daily, for a period of four to six week, prior to your treatment. We facilitate the effectiveness of these products with a microdermabrasion (a mechanical skin exfoliation) treatment. Retin-a will promote the shedding of dead, superficial layers, allowing the TCA chemical agent to penetrate deeper. Retin-a will also stimulate your skin to regenerate and heal quicker. If you have darker skin you will use a bleaching agent before and after the treatment to prevent blotchy skin.We implement this protocol and require your strict adherence to it for your safety and to insure your best possible result.
The Peel Procedure
Once you have done the appropriate preparation, you are ready for the procedure.Depending on your treatment goals, allow fifteen to sixty minutes of time, for completion of the peel. Expect intense burning during the peeling agent application which will last about two to ten minutes. Medication is provided, however, to minimize your discomfort. The solution is applied to the skin one area at a time. When the desired depth has been achieved, the solution is neutralized with iced saline. Once the ice is applied you will have no further discomfort. Your skin is covered with an ointment to keep your skin moist and promote healing. You will not need any medication in the days to follow.
What will I notice immediately after a TCA treatment?
There is no discomfort following the procedure. You will physically be able to return to work immediately following the treatment, however your appearance may preclude this. You will wash your face twice daily with gentle soap and water, followed by an application of the healing ointment. Your face will initially appear red. Within a few days the superficial layers of your skin will turn dark, become stiff, and resemble leather. A person having a medium peel must keep the treated skin out of the sun and protected with an antibacterial ointment for about one week then your skin will flake and peel. Flaking is usually completed in four to seven days. There will be no open wounds and no scabs.Once your old skin has sloughed, your new skin will be bright and flushed. You may begin wearing makeup if you choose to go out into the public. We recommend Jane Iredale mineral makeup because it will encourage healing. You can comfortably return to the public within seven days.You should resume skincare within two weeks of your procedure. Your flushed appearance will fade slowly over several weeks.
Are there any contraindications to a TCA Peel?
• People with dark skin are at risk of skin discoloration.
• Recurring facial warts
• Prior bad reaction to a peel
• Cold sores
• History of sun allergies
• Recent radiation treatment for cancer
• Keloid or hypertrophy scars (thick scars)
• Pregnant or breast feeding
• Accutane use within the last six months. Accutane should not be taken for at least six months after the .......treatment
• Sunburns or significant sun exposure in the last two days
• Surgery or cryosurgery within the last six weeks to the area that is to be treated
What are the side effects of a TCA treatment?
The first week after the peel your skin may be red and swollen. The most common side effect is brown discoloration of the skin. This generally happens when people expose themselves to the sun with out the use of sunscreen. If you are prone to cold sores, you may have a flare up. We recommend you take Lysine or Valtrex, one to two weeks prior to the treatment.
When do you notice results from a TCA treatment?
Skin condition and overall health are factors in determining whether your outcome or how soon you will see improvement after the treatment.
How long does the results from a TCA treatment last?
The results form a medium depth peel can last from six months to two years. If you use skincare products following the peel and avoid excessive, unprotected sun exposure, you will maximize the duration of your improvement. Most people choose medium chemical peels as the mainstay of their facial rejuvenation and have a repeat treatment every six to twelve months.
Are other conditions treated with TCA treatments?
TCA solutions will also treat warts, moles and skin tags. Treating these skin issues does not require all of the steps as for a facial peel. After cleansing the area to be treated, the solution is applied just to the growths, avoiding the surrounding skin. The growths should turn a white “frost” after applying one-to-four coats. The solution is then rinsed off after about four minutes. The “frost” will fade after twenty-to-thirty minutes. You will keep the area moist with healing ointment. The growths should peel off within a week. If portions remain the solution is applied a second time.TCA treatments will not do anything for acne scars or dynamic (deeper) wrinkles.
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Prices may vary depending on strength and type of peel recommended. Consultations prior to treatment are recommended.
Treatment cost range from $69-$250.
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