What are Chemical Peels?
Chemical Peels are an extremely popular form of facial rejuvenation due to their immediate results and minimal downtime. An acid solution is used in Chemical Peels to treat the outer layers of face. The damaged facial skin is removed with either trichloroacetic acid (TCA), phenol, alpha hydroxy acids (AHA), or beta hydroxy acids (BHA) to uncover healthy skin cells lying underneath. The result is a more youthful appearance thanks to a new softer, smoother, more radiant layer of facial skin with improved texture, tone and color.
What does a Chemical Peel treat?
- Rough and/or scaly skin
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Irregular skin pigmentation
- Skin inflammations
- Acne and acne marks
- Blemishes and age and liver spots
Chemical Peels will not treat sagging skin, broken capillaries, deep scars, or facial lines, nor will they change your pore size.
Am I a good candidate for a Chemical Peel?
While generally patients with fair skin are the best candidates, patients with other skin pigmentation can also achieve good results. Good candidates for a Chemical Peel must be in good physical health, free of any skin infections or large or unusual scars, have not taken Accutane® within the past year and a half, understand their treatment, and have realistic goals and expectations regarding the treatment.
What are the different types of Chemical Peels?
Depending on your skin, treatment goals and desired outcome, Dr. Taki will recommend a light, medium, or deep Chemical Peel, with the formulas based on the chemicals used. Light Chemical Peels typically contain AHA or BHA; TCA can be used for various types of peels and deep peels are always phenol based.
What should I expect during my Chemical Peel?
A Chemical Peel is a quick procedure that can be completed during your lunch hour. No need to worry about your clothes being affected either. It is ideal to get your Chemical Peel early in the week so that you have a better outcome for the weekend. We recommend avoiding sun exposure prior to your Chemical Peel appointment, as well as scheduling your peel a few days prior to any big events. In addition, you should not smoke for a couple of weeks before and after your Chemical Peel.
During treatment, you may experience some mild discomfort including prickling, stinging, tightness, or heat in the facial area. Following treatment, your skin may become irritated and peeling/flaking may occur for a few days. The amount of peeling has no correlation to the end result.
Chemical Peel vs. Microdermabrasion
As opposed to a Chemical Peel, Microdermabrasion is a non-chemical treatment. Rather, the skin is sanded down to remove flaws and imperfections on the surface. In terms of the amount of treatments and recovery time, Microdermabrasion is more comparable to mild Chemical Peels and not deep peels, which may require several treatments and less recovery time.
What is the Chemical Peel recovery like, and when will I see results?
The recovery time for a Chemical Peel depends on the degree of its intensity. Results can be seen within a couple of weeks for light peels. With medium-strength peels, the skin can take up to six weeks to fully heal. The most care is involved with deep peels. Following a deep peel, patients should rest their skin for two weeks, meaning no make-up or your usual skin regimen. In addition, it can take up to three months for the redness to subside. Dr. Taki will advise you when it is ok for you to schedule a facial following any type of Chemical Peel, as well as provide the proper care instructions during your recovery.
Note, you may require more than one treatment depending on your goals and individual results may vary. To get your evaluation by Dr. Taki, contact us now.