Chemical peels exfoliate the skin and remove the thin, outer-most layer of the skin, with it taking bacteria, dead skin as well as superficial, surface scars, surface lines, wrinkles and even sun damage, depending on its severity level. Our cosmetic dermatolist is pleased to offer a number of chemical peels that vary in degree of aggressiveness and results delivered. In fact, chemical peels are a great, non-invasive method to try to combat various facial concerns and skin damage. It is our first line of defense to help you look and feel your best.
For some patients, we recommend combining a chemical peels with more advanced treatments such as laser skin resurfacing or scar removal. Please read the information below to learn abou this treatment and how it can help you restore your youthful facial glow while addressing a range of concerns caused by aging and environmental factors. To begin building a custom treatment regimen, please call Avalon Laser at 800-896-1138 today to schedule your free consultation.
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Why Consider a Chemical Peel Treatment?
As previously mentioned, a chemical peel can simultaneously address a range of concerns and it requires no downtime. Some of the benefits of undergoing a chemical peel treatment on a regular basis include:
- A chemical peel brings dull, lifeless skin back to life
- Reduces superficial facial scars
- Remedies age-spots and sun damage
- Reveals the new, youthful and healthy skin underneath the dead skin cells
- Eliminates bacteria and dead skin cells
- Helps reduce acne problems, as well as whiteheads and blackheads
- Stimulates collagen production in tissue
Types of Chemical Peels We Offer
All of our peels are Medical Grade Peel based treatments. Generally, chemical peels vary in the degree of depth, meaning how deep the ingredients of a peel penetrate. The depth level of a chemical peel can vary from mild to mid to aggressive, depending on how severe a patient’s skin concerns are. Our medical grade peels include the following:
This peel addresses various concerns and gently resurfaces the skin. It is often used to combat oily skin and clean out clogged pores.
We often use this peel on our acne treatment patients who suffer from mild to moderate acne problems. This medical grade peel is very effective because it has a much higher concentration of Salicylic Acid, about 10% to 30%, when compared to over-the-counter salicylic acid treatments, which have about 1% to 5% of the ingredient. If you suffer from acne and breakouts, this may be the right peel for you. Please contact us today to schedule a consultation.
The Jessner Peel is a medium degree peel. It addresses mild to moderate hyperpigmentation and sun damage, as well as smooth lines and wrinkles. It is composed of salicylic acid (a beta hydroxyl acid), lactic acid (an alpha hydroxyl acid) and resorcinol, all of which brighten the sin and remove various concerns caused by environmental factors. The Jessner peel can also be used on the neck, chest and hands to address age-spots, brown-spots and can be a very effective sun damage treatment.
The TCA peel is a mid-level chemical peel that contains the same ingredients as the Jessner peel plus a number of other antioxidants. The main ingredient of a TCA peel is trichloroacetic acid. The TCA peel also has a higher concentration is ingredients, sometimes up to 40%.
The TCA peel is generally used on patients who are concerned with severe skin damage, severe acne or wrinkles. This peel truly eliminates most of those concerns and provides even skin tone and texture. It treats the skin beyond it outer most layer, down to the deeper layers where damage has rooted itself. The TCA peel is among the most popular peels today.
Glycolic Acid Peel
Glycolic acid peels have been used for many years and are in the family of Alpha-Hydroxy acids, which nourish and tone the skin. They are derived from sugar-cane and citrus fruits, which make them safe for all skin types.
Unlike other peels, even at higher strength, you can receive all of the benefits of a glycolic peel without actually peeling. This means nearly zero downtime for recovery. The peel removes the top layers of dead skin, promoting elastin and collagen production and typically you will see results after just one peel. With multiple treatments you can expect long-term improved skin texture and appearance to your skin.
How Does a Chemical Peel Work?
A chemical peel is composed of various ingredients that treat either the outer most layer of the skin or even deeper. Some chemical peels can go up to five layers deep. The skin comprises two major layers: the epidermis (outer layer) and the dermis (the second layer). Then there are several sub-layers. A chemical peel often lifts the outer most layer of the skin, where most of the damage resides, to that end revealing the new, fresh, glowing layer underneath.
A chemical peel treatment lasts 30 to 40 minutes, during which the skin is cleansed, followed by application of the peel. Once the peel is lifted, soothing moisturizers and sunblock are applied to protect the new skin.
Recovery after a Chemical Peel
A chemical peel does not require any downtime. However, patients are advised to stay in or out of the sun for one to two days. Immediately after a peel the skin will feel hot and red, much like a sunburn. In the next one to two days, the outer most layer of the skin will peel and fall of naturally, reveling the new, healthy skin below.
It is very important to stay out of the sun, avoid applying chemicals to the face and not pulling on the skin that is peeling as this can cause scarring. The skin will peel of on its own. After the peeling process, you are free to enjoy your healthy, new skin. But please continue protecting it with sunscreen, which is recommended each and every day. You will receive detailed aftercare instructions by our staff.
At your consultation, our staff will examine your skin to determine the best chemical peel for you. All of our peels are customized to address your unique skin care concerns. The entire process will be explained to you in great detail and we will let you know what type of results you can expect. Some of our patients who have deep wrinkles and severe acne may need more than one treatment, which is performed over time. Please call 800-896-1138 or contact Avalon Laser online to schedule your free consultation.