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Over time, exposure to sun, stress, and environmental aggressors can cause signs of premature aging. Chemical peels are non-ablative skin resurfacing treatments for the face, hands and chest that are used to reverse these signs of aging, which include discoloration, wrinkles and scars. The chemical involved in the procedure stimulates cell turnover and strengthens your skin’s structure. Chemical Peels are effective in reducing acne by decreasing oil and enhancing surfacing exfoliations to decongest clogged pores. At PSAOM, we carry a selection of peels varying in intensity, which allows us to treat a wide range of skincare issues. From this selection, we are able to tailor a treatment plan specific to your concerns.
How Chemical Peels Are Performed
In a laying down position, our skin care expert will apply a small amount of petroleum jelly or moisturizer will be applied to sensitive areas, including the lips, corners of the mouth, crevices at the side of the nose, corners of the eyes and throat. Next, a prepping solution will be applied to the areas that will be treated. This prepping solution cleanses the skin prior to the chemical application. Next, the chemical is applied in one or more applications, or passes using a folded gauze. The number of passes will depend on your skin’s tolerance to the chemical and the strength of the peel being applied. The final step is the application of protective sunscreen.
Chemical Peels Are Used to Resolve:
- Pigmentation irregularities (sun/liver/age spots)
- Oily skin
- Facial scarring due to injury or acne
- Dry, rough, or scaly skin
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Sagging, loose skin with poor elasticity
- Creases and deep furrows
- Uneven skin tone or texture
Optimizing Your Results
To ensure optimal results, our skin care expert will likely recommend between 3-6 peels, scheduled 2-12 weeks apart, depending on your skin’s condition and the strength of the peel. We also prescribe strict Pre-Treatment (link) and Post-Treatment care guidelines for our patients to follow. Following your treatment, our providers will discuss the proper post-treatment care. Achieving excellent results are greatly improved (and safe) with other clinical procedures such as Neuromodulators (link), Dermal Fillers (link), and Photorejuvenation BBL Therapy (link).
Patient interested in ablative skin resurfacing options performed by our plastic surgeons might consider CO2 Laser Skin Resurfacing (link).
Am I a Candidate?
Our skin care expert will determine if you are an ideal candidate. A few contraindications include but are not limited to:
- Active cold sores, herpes simplex, or warts in the area to be treated
- Wounded, sunburned, or excessively sensitive skin
- Dermatitis and inflammatory rosacea
- Accutane (isotretinoin) use within the last year
- Recent chemotherapy or radiation therapy
- History of allergies, rashes, or other skin reactions
- Pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are actively breastfeeding
- Autoimmune disease or any disease that may weaken the immune system
Frequently Asked Questions
A treatment typically lasts between 25-40 minutes, depending on the strength of the peel and area(s) being treated.
Mild to strong burning, redness, warmth and itching may occur after each pass, depending on the strength of the peel. We use a fan to help cool the face if needed. These symptoms usually subside or become mild within 1-2 minutes.
Areas of treatment include the face, neck, chest and hands.
Immediately following the treatment, your skin may be tight and more red than usual. Depending on the strength of the peel, your skin may feel tacky and have a yellow to orange tinge, which is temporary and will fade in a few hours. Any peeling resulting from the treatment will generally start between 48-72 hours after the procedure, and can last 2-5 days. When the skin is peeling, moisturizer should be applied frequently to control the peeling.