What are chemical peels?
Usually every 30-45 days your skin is renewing, new cells are growing and old cells are exfoliating. Chemical peels are a solution used to accelerate skin exfoliation and promote the process of rejuvenation. They can be done not only on the face, but also on the neck, chest, arms and hands. Chemical peels must be performed under a physician’s supervision. This simple yet sophisticated treatment is able to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, acne and blemishes. Chemical Peels are also effective for pigmentation removal such as brown or age spots, skin resurfacing and tightening as well as for the treatment of pre-cancerous conditions.
Peels can contain different ingredients. Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA) (Glycolic Acid – the most often used), Trichloroacetic Acid(TCA) and Salicylic acid are among the most popular. Some solutions such as Jessner’s, Gordon-Bakers or Phenol-based are used for special treatments. Chemical Peels can be superficial, medium or deep depending on the concentrations of these compounds. In our clinic we use light, superficial, medium, deep or a combination of the above peels to achieve the desired results.
A consultation is required prior to treatment. Together with a doctor you will discuss the details of the procedure, results you are looking for and choose from different types of peels depending on your needs. You will have your “before and after” photos taken (for medical records only).
Before each procedure, treated areas are cleaned to remove extra oils and dirt. The eyes and hair are protected and areas such as the eyebrows, lips, and nostrils are carefully avoided. Chemical solutions are applied to the skin. You may feel a slight burning sensation. The procedure may take less than half an hour.
Flaking may vary from invisible to heavy depending on the procedure used. There is no visible skin exfoliation after light and superficial peels; you may resume daily activities right after the procedure. There is a recovery period after medium and deep peeling. Moderate swelling and visible skin exfoliation may last anywhere from a few days to a week. These types of peelings require skin preparation prior to the procedure. Patients should avoid exposure to direct sunlight and use sun block.
We advise you to follow instructions after procedure and use a special after peel home care regimen. Please, feel free to discuss all the benefits and side effects of the procedure according to your medical condition during your individual consultation with a doctor. The cost of the procedure can vary depending on the areas to be treated and the products to be used from $150 per procedure.
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