Chemical Grade Skin Peels
Chemical grade skin peels reveal more evenly textured, fresher looking skin. Resurfacing peels help with black and white heads, sun damage, blotchy pigmentation, fine lines, and decrease pore size. It can also help acne scarring.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is a Chemical peel?
Chemical peel repair skin damage, slows the aging process and rejuvenates the skin. In a chemical peel a chemical which is usually an acid is applied to the skin surface so that it produces a controlled burn of the skin surface. Dead and damaged skin peels off in a few days revealing younger looking, brighter smoother , more radiant skin. A chemical peel will treat photo-damaged skin, hyper-pigmentation, large pores, fine lines and uneven skin color and tone. It will also treat laxity dryness and roughness. It decreases acne scaring and can be used to control acne in some cases.
How do Chemical peels work?
A baby’s skin turns over in four weeks. As we age it takes longer for our skin to tunover. In thirties and forties it takes up to five to six weeks for the dead skin to shed. The skin looks dull, with appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, dryness, roughness, large pores and even skin tone. A Chemical peel hastens the process of skin turn over by exfoliating the top layers of the skin revealing younger, smooth, firm and radiant ski with even color and tone.
How many peels do I need?
The number of peels that are needed depend upon the amount of skin damage, type of skin and the depth of peeling. More deep peels will cause much more improvement but the recovery time is much longer and there are more possible side effects. Superficial peels are much more safe but the improvement in the skin is much less and you need more peels to get the same effect. Usually three to five of the medium strength peel will produce significant improvement in the skin. They can be done about three to six weeks apart.
What is the recovery period?
Recovery period depends upon the depth of the peel. Superficial peels like Glycolic acid Kojic acid peels have very little peeling and hardly any downtime. Aggressive peels like 40% TCA peel or the Obagi Blue peel will have significant peeling and may need a downtime of a week to ten days. The more aggressive peels have much more significant improvement in the skin.
How many types of chemical peels are there?
There are number of chemical peels depending upon their chemical constitution and the amount of peeling that will happen. Superficial peels like Glycolic acid and Kojic acid Salicylic acid and weaker strength of TCA.and mixtures of all remove the very superficial layers or the upper layers of skin known as Epeidermis. Very little peeling and usually have a slight lightening effect and leave the skin looking brighter. Medium Strength peels remove the epidermis and upper part of the dermis which is the next skin layer. Jessner peel TCA 20 to 50% peels are examples of medium strength peels. There is significant downtime with significant peeling but much more improvement in the skin. No anesthesia is required but some discomfort and pain is present. Deep strength peels like phenol or higher strength peels require general anesthesia. All of the epidermis and the dermis and some of the subcutaneous tissue is removed. Downtime is much longer. More chances of complications and much more improvement.
What are the side effects?
The side effects depend upon the depth of the peel and type of skin being treated. Deeper the peel more side effects. The darker the skin more chances of hype-rpigmentation. Most side effects are pain and burning when the procedure is being performed. Others can be infection, skin burns and blisters hyper or hypo pigmentation and scarring.
What skin prep do I need to do?
Preparing the skin with hydroquinone, glycolic acid and Retin A for four to five weeks before the peel gives a deeper and more even peel. They should all be stopped a week before and Retin A should be stopped at least ten days before the peel. Stay out of the direct sun.
What precautions do I take afterwards?
Stay out of the sun or put sun block SPF 35 or more when you go out.
Keep the skin moist with moisturizer while it is healing.
No picking, pulling or peeling the skin. You can cut the loose skin with scissors if it bothers you.
Wash your skin with gentle soap and water. Pat it dry. Do not rub.
In darker skin types and deeper peels hydrocortisone 1% cream and in some cases Steroids by mouth are recommended to prevent hyper-pigmentation.
The VI peel is a safe and effective approach to achieving a younger looking skin and provides superior results for all skin types. Two to four peels per year, along with proper home care, reverses sun damage, treats hyper-pigmentation including melasma, acne and acne scarring, aging and rosacea. Patients of all ages will benefit from the treatment, from pre-teen, acne sufferers to mature patients wanting to reverse the signs of aging. Unlike other chemical peels it is virtually painless require no skin preconditioning and have minimal downtime. It is safe for the face and body. It is practical affordable and gives excellent results within one week.
Benefits of the VI peel:
- Safe for all skin types
- Little or no downtime
- Is safe to use on eye area, neck, chest and hands
- Great for reversing sun damage and signs of aging
- Dramatically improves skin tone and texture
- Highly effective in treating hyper pigmentation including melsama
- Excellent for clearing acne and improving acne scarring
- Stimulates collagen and elastin production
Blue peel RADIANCE
Blue peel RADIANCE is part of the Obagi medical products. Blue Peel RADIANCE offers a unique blend of acids to provide a gentle but effective peel, resulting in tighter, smoother, brighter-looking skin immediately after just 1 use. Salicylic acid – based peels are used to improve patient outcomes for a range of skin conditions , including acnes scarring, photo damage, and melasma.
INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE PATIENT
Patients should avoid the use of the following products for three days prior to the peel:
- Laser hair removal
- Depilatory cream
There are certain products that may increase skin sensitivity and s/or cause a stronger reaction to the peel if used up to the day of the peel:
- Topical retinoids and tretinoin such as Retin-A, Renova, Differin, Tazorac and Refissa
- Other topical acids or exfoliants that may be drying or irritating to the skin (such as alpha hydroxyl acids , Beta hydroxyl acids, exfoliating masks, retinols, hydroquinone and benzoyl peroxide acne products).
Acne is one of most common conditions in the United States at any one time. It not only effects teenagers but can effect adults especially women during pregnancy or when there is change in the hormones. It can be very embarrassing and can lead to scarring in the skin and to social as well as psychological problems including low self esteem, depression and in severe cases people can be suicidal.
Here at New Image Med Spa we not only treat Acne but help to keep it in check. There is no permanent cure for Acne, but with proper skin care, avoiding certain foods, and in some cases topical and systemic antibiotics it can be controlled. After acne has been controlled we can take care of the scarring with skin resurfacing, chemical peels and injection of collagen in deeper scars.