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Chemical Peels

Chemical Peels

A chemical peel is a cosmetic procedure in which a chemical solution is applied to the skin to exfoliate and improve its appearance. It can help reduce wrinkles, uneven skin tone, acne scars, and other skin imperfections. 

Indications

  • Fine lines and wrinkles

  • Sun damage and age spots

  • Acne and acne scars

  • Uneven skin tone and texture

  • Hyperpigmentation or melasma

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Preparatory Steps:

  1. Consultation: Schedule a free consultation with our physician or physician assistant to discuss your goals, medical history, and suitability for a chemical peel.

  2. Skin preparation: Depending on your skin type and the type of peel, your provider may recommend a pre-peel skincare routine that includes gentle cleansers and moisturizers, and avoidance of certain products like retinoids or exfoliants.

  3. Sun protection: It's important to protect your skin from the sun prior to the peel. Use broad-spectrum sunscreen and avoid excessive sun exposure.

During the Procedure:

  1. Cleansing: Your skin will be cleansed to remove any dirt or oils.

  2. Application: The chemical solution will be applied to your skin using a brush or a cotton pad. The type and strength of the solution will vary based on your specific needs and the peel's depth.

  3. Sensation: You may experience a tingling, stinging, or warm sensation during the peel, but your provider will monitor your comfort level.

  4. Neutralization: After a specific time, the peel may be neutralized or removed using water or a neutralizing solution.

Post-Care Instructions:

  1. Sun protection: Protect your newly treated skin from the sun by using sunscreen with a high SPF, wearing a wide-brimmed hat, and avoiding excessive sun exposure.

  2. Moisturization: Keep your skin hydrated by applying a gentle moisturizer as recommended by your provider.

  3. Avoid picking or peeling: Let the skin naturally shed and avoid picking at it to prevent scarring or skin damage.

  4. Follow instructions: Your provider will provide specific post-care instructions tailored to your peel's depth and your skin's needs. It may include avoiding certain skincare products or activities for a few days or weeks.

We offer several different types of chemical peels that range from superficial to moderate depths.  These include:

Jessner's and Modified Jessner's Peels

Lactic Acid Peels

Salicylic Acid Peels

ZO Professional Stimulator Peel

ZO Professional Ultra Hydration Peel

ZO Professional Skin Brightening Peel

ZO Professional Acne and Oil Control Peel

ZO Professional Hand Renewal Peel

ZO Professional Invisapeel

ZO 3-Step Peel

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is a chemical peel?
    A chemical peel is a cosmetic procedure performed by a licensed professional to improve the appearance of the skin on the face, neck, or hands. It involves applying a chemical solution to the skin, which causes the outer layers to exfoliate, revealing smoother, healthier skin underneath.
  • How does a chemical peel work?
    The chemical solution used in a peel causes controlled damage to the skin's outer layers. This stimulates the skin to shed dead cells and prompts the body to produce new collagen and elastin, leading to a rejuvenated and more youthful appearance.
  • What skin concerns can be addressed with chemical peels?
    Chemical peels can help improve various skin concerns, such as fine lines and wrinkles, sun damage, acne scars, uneven skin tone, pigmentation issues, and mild to moderate acne.
  • Are there different types of chemical peels?
    Yes, chemical peels come in various types and strengths, including superficial, medium, and deep peels. The type of peel used depends on the specific skin concerns being addressed and the desired level of exfoliation.
  • How long does a chemical peel procedure take?
    The duration of a chemical peel procedure can vary depending on the type and depth of the peel being performed. Typically, superficial peels take about 30 minutes, while medium to deep peels may take up to an hour or more.
  • Is a chemical peel painful?
    Most patients experience a mild burning or stinging sensation during the procedure, which subsides relatively quickly. Deeper peels may cause more discomfort, but pain management techniques can be used to minimize any discomfort.
  • How long is the recovery period after a chemical peel?
    The recovery time can vary depending on the depth of the peel. Superficial peels may have little to no downtime, with some redness and peeling that usually resolves within a few days. Medium to deep peels may require a week or more of recovery time, during which the skin may be red, swollen, and peeling.
  • Are there any side effects or risks associated with chemical peels?
    Like any cosmetic procedure, chemical peels carry some risks, such as redness, swelling, irritation, and increased sensitivity to the sun. In rare cases, there might be complications like scarring or infection, especially with deeper peels.
  • How many sessions of chemical peels are needed to see results?
    The number of sessions required depends on the individual's skin condition and the type of peel used. Some people may achieve desired results with a single peel, while others might need a series of peels spaced several weeks apart for optimal results.
  • Can anyone get a chemical peel?
    While chemical peels are generally safe for most skin types, not everyone is a suitable candidate. People with certain skin conditions, such as eczema, dermatitis, or recent sunburns, may need to avoid chemical peels. It's essential to consult with a qualified professional to determine if a chemical peel is right for you.
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