Chemical Peels

We personalize our chemical peel treatments to fit your individual skincare needs. Chemical peels are used to treat a variety of skin concerns such as: acne, dull dry skin, hyper-pigmentation, and prematurely aging skin. Chemical peels use a specially formulated chemical solution to remove damaged skin layers, forcing the skin to regenerate itself. As the skin heals, a clear, younger-looking complexion is revealed. Treatments are safe, but we advise you to be cautious with sun exposure afterwards. Keeping out of direct sunlight will prevent uneven pigmentation and help keep your post-treatment skin healthy.

Each procedure is customized depending on skin type, preferred level of exfoliation and results desired. You will have visible results after one treatment, but a series of (6) treatments is highly recommended.

Once we have familiarized ourselves with your skin, we will not only customize your peel, but will identify the facial and peel combination that will provide even more dramatic results. We are also focused on your long-term skincare benefits so we will track your skin’s condition upon every visit and change your regimen if need be.

 

Recovery

Recovery time varies based upon the type of peel used. Most peels do not require social downtime, but the patient may experience some redness, “frosting” and swelling for 24 hours post treatment. Some chemical peels allow the action of peeling to actually occur in our office so there is no peeling post treatment while others may have sloughing of dead skin cells for up to 7 days. We recommend using mineral makeup to conceal any areas of redness and broad-spectrum sunscreen to protect the skin from sun damage.

F.A.Q. (Frequently Asked Questions)

If you have dull or rough skin texture, want smoother brighter skin and eradicate unwanted dark spots.

Chemical peels can help you see a dramatic reduction in the appearance of sun spots and age spots. In addition, chemical peels help improve the appearance of acne, acne scars, and irregularities in your skin’s pigmentation. We perform consistent and safe peels with predictable results for all skin types, with no downtime.

It is strongly recommended that the eyes be closed for the UV photos given the intensity of the UV flashes. For standard photos, the eyes can be either open or closed, although more aesthetically pleasing images are achieved with the eyes open. Because the mask is created using the standard photo (in which the patient's eyes are typically open), there is no need to be concerned that eyelashes will be included inadvertently in UV analysis, even though the patient's eyes are closed.

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There are several potential reasons why the porphyrin count for a particular patient may not be reduced-or worse case, increase, after cleansing his/her skin. First, certain types of paper/tissue that might have been used to dry the face after cleansing could have a high content of lint particles. Lint will actually fluoresce under UV light. Subject matter expert Greg Hillebrand, Ph.D., offers the further explanation that "in some situations, the true porphyrin fluorescence of an initial image could be quenched by something that the subject had on his/her unclean face, and then after removal of this interfering quenching agent, a higher level of fluorescence could be observed. Finally, the simple cleansing of the skin with a normal everyday facial cleanser is probably not going to change the true number of pores that show porphyrin fluorescence. It has been reported that washing with a cleanser containing benzoyl peroxide will, over time, reduce the number of pores. Also, using strips or other devices to physically remove the contents of the pores will help to reduce the fluorescence as well."

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