Learn More About Chemical Peels

By April 5, 2011 No Comments

Chemical peeling is an accelerated form of exfoliation induced by the use of a chemical agent. Most chemical peels are performed by Physicians, Medical Aestheticians or Nurses. The purpose of applying chemical agents to the skin is to cause an even and controlled shedding of layers of damaged skin cells.

Chemical peels range from very superficial to deep. The depth of a peel is determined by the peeling agent itself, the thickness of the skin, the concentration, the length of time the peel is in contact with the skin, the number of coats applied to the area, the application technique and if the skin was prepared in advance of performing the procedure.

The most popular types of peels range from very mild to medium depth and produce little to no downtime. We perform a variety of different types of peels, most commonly glycolic acid peels, ranging from 20% to 70%, PCA (Physicians Choice of Arizona) Professional Peels which include a variety of chemical ingredients, such as TCA (trichloroacetic acid), modified and enhanced Jessner’s peels, salicylic acid and retinol. Mild peels are generally made of AHA’s or BHA’s and produce no downtime. A light chemical peel is gentle and non-invasive, is beneficial for acne and fine lines, textural improvements and mild pigmentary concerns.

The deeper the peel, the greater the risks of complications and the longer the patient will experience downtime. Deep peels are not performed as commonly today due to the higher risk of potential complications such as scarring, post inflammatory hyperpigmentation or hypopigmentation as well as the risk of infection.

The sensation can range from a mild tingling to a more intense itchy feeling depending on the strength of the peeling agent. Depending on the type of chemical agent used, patients may experience mild to moderate exfoliation ranging from 3-10 days. The mild glycolic acid strengths may produce no peeling at all, with mild redness for about 1-2 days. Most of our clients love this type of peel!

It is often advised to begin a pre-peel regimen using mild AHA’s or retinoic acid or hydroquinone. After a chemical peel patients are advised to avoid sun exposure and overheating. Moisturizing the skin is also advised during the healing process. It is very important to avoid picking, or pulling at the dead skin as it is sloughing off. This may cause damage to the newly exposed skin or pigmentation changes.

The cost of a chemical peel will vary depending on the type being performed. Our peels range from $80-$200.

Bonnie, Esthetics Manager

Bonnie – Medical Aesthetics Manager

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