Since the ancient Egyptian times of Cleopatra using sour milk soaks (which are actually Lactic acid chemical peels!) to rejuvenate her skin, chemical peels have been used to improve the skin’s appearance. A chemical peel involves the application of a chemical solution to the skin to remove the damaged layer of skin cells, causing it to exfoliate (eventually peel off). In addition to treating acne, peels help remove sun damaged skin, and accelerate the cell renewal process, stimulating collagen and improving the elasticity of the skin. As with any gentle enhancement treatment, best results are obtained with a series of treatments.
What chemical peels CAN DO:
- Improve discoloration caused by sun damage
- Diminish fine lines/wrinkles
- Soften superficial scars
- Reduce acne
What chemical peels CANNOT do:
- Remove excess and/or sagging skin. A brow, eye, neck and/or face-lift may be required for desired results.
- Remove deep wrinkles and/or scars. Dermabrasion, Fraxel Re:pair CO2 ablative laser resurfacing, fillers, punch excision/grafting, surgical excision, or a combination of these treatments may be needed.
- Treat facial blood vessels
Side effects of chemical peels:
Common side effects of chemical peels in general include redness, burning, itching, mild to moderate irritation, swelling, discomfort, sun and wind sensitivity, acne flares, and temporary discoloration of the skin. They may also cause reactivation of “cold sores” (herpes infection), so it’s important to inform your cosmetic specialist if you’ve had a history of this as you may need medication prescribed. Side effects vary with one’s personal skin characteristics, medical history, as well as the intensity of the chemical peel chosen.
Types of chemical peels:
At Advanced Esthetics, several types of chemical peels are offered. The choice of chemical peel selected depends on one’s medical history, individual goals, and skin needs. Your cosmetic care specialist will help determine which type of chemical peel is right for you.
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Chemical Peels – Before & After Photos
These are actual patients whose photos demonstrate typical results; individual results may vary.
Note: Decrease in sun-induced brown spots and sun damage, with improved skin tone and texture.
Note: During: Three days post vitalize, significant peeling of skin. After: Improved skin texture and tone