A New You Emerges
This is an advanced clinical skin rejuvenation treatment that, when done by our experienced medical professionals, can reverse skin damage caused by a variety of factors including aging, sun exposure, and acne. We offer three levels of chemical peels – the treatment strength that is appropriate for you will be discussed and agreed upon during your consultation.
Alphahydroxy acids (AHAs) are the mildest peel – these acids are similar in strength to those found in citrus fruits. Effective on fine wrinkling, uneven pigmentation, and acne, these are gentle enough to be applied weekly, or added to a facial wash. Your physician will make this recommendation during your consultation and as the treatment regimen progresses.
Trichloroacetic acid (TCA) is most commonly used for medium-strength peels. These are effective on fine wrinkling, blemishes, uneven pigmentation, acne, and more. More than one TCA peel is often required to achieve the desired improvement.
Phenol is the strongest chemical peel. These treat more profound skin damage like coarse wrinkles, blotches, sun damage, and pre-cancerous growths. Phenol is generally used only on the face (it can scar the neck) and because it can lighten your skin, your physician will decide if it is appropriate for your existing pigment.
What Happens During My Treatment?
Pre-treating the skin with Retin-A or an equivalent is often recommended – this can begin up to one month before your peel. In our office, your physician will apply the appropriate peel solution or cream to your face. This can take from ten minutes (for an AHA or mild TCA peel) to two hours (for a full-face Phenol peel). Depending on the strength administered, you may leave the office with your face bandaged. These will be removed after a day or two.
Are There Side Effects?
Mild flaking and scaling can result from an AHA peel, but this will ease after a few days and will not prevent you from carrying on your normal daily activities. With stronger peels, you may experience localized tingling or throbbing, and your face will be very red and scab over as it heals. Swelling is also common, and you may need assistance in your home for a day or two. The swelling will begin to subside during the first week and eventually abate completely. You will be healed enough after 7-10 days (TCA) to return to work. For a phenol peel, expect about a two-week recovery. You will also need to wear sun protection on your face.
When Will I See Results?
Clients will notice incremental improvements with an AHA peel as their treatments progress. For the stronger treatments, new skin will be growing after 7-10 days. Expect fewer wrinkles, blemishes, and a smoother, more even tone.