As we age, our skin develops wrinkles, discoloration, and loses its shine. Fortunately, these changes can be minimized or reversed. Chemical peels can be used to exfoliate the upper levels of the skin, even out skin tones, soften wrinkles, and rejuvenate the skin. Chemical peels are also an excellent addition to other treatment, such as Botox®, dermal fillers, or laser treatments to help you achieve your ideal beauty.
What happens during a chemical peel?
The procedure usually takes no more than 20 minutes. After cleansing the face, or other area to be treated, a peeling agent is applied. Depending on which agent is used, it may be washed off or left on the skin. The peeling process usually begins 1-3 days after the procedure and is complete in 5-7 days. The skin may appear dry and flaky during this time. Moisturizer and sunscreen must be used regularly during the 5-7 days after the peel.
Use of products containing retinoids, glycolic acid, and salicylic acid, as well as scrubs, microdermabrasion and waxing should be avoided for 3 days before and for 1 week after a chemical peel.
Although results may be achieved after one treatment, a series of 3-6 treatments may be required depending on the peel, other treatments used, and the condition.
Salicylic Acid/Glycolic Acid Peels – Mild superficial chemical peels that are great for acne, hyperpigmentation, sun damage, and fine lines.
Modified Jessner’s Peel – This slightly stronger peel gives dramatic results after even one peel. It is more effective for textural changes resulting from sun damage and acne scarring. In addition, it is an excellent choice for acne, fine lines, and discoloration.
VI Peel® – All the rage in Hollywood, the VI Peel is a custom blend of peeling agents that result in a glowing complexion within a week. The VI Peel is particularly effective in clearing hyperpigmentation quickly. It is also very effective for acne, wrinkles and sun damage.