Chemical Peels

Chemical peels are acid solutions that interact with the skin to remove layers of the skin. The depth of penetration of these solutions is dependent on strength and type of acid used. The more common types of chemical peels are glycolic, lactic, salicylic, TCA and Phenol. The more superficial skin treatments are done with the alpha and beta hydroxy acids such as glycolic, lactic and salicylic. These may cause some superficial peeling but do not require a recovery time. These are used to freshen the skin and to treat complexion problems.*

Stronger chemical peel solutions such as TCA and Phenol are performed by physicians and are used to treat uneven pigmentation and wrinkles. TCA works well for fine lines and uneven pigmentation. It can also remove sun damaged areas of the skin and actinic keratosis. The recovery time for these peels is usually 5 to 7 days as there will be some swelling and noticeable peeling of the skin. You will not be able to wear make up for at least 5 days with this peel and maybe longer. The Phenol chemical peel is the most aggressive and works the best for more severe cases of wrinkling of the face. The recovery period lasts 10 to 14 days. The skin peels heavily and there may be significant swelling. While this peel carries the longest down time, it also yields the most dramatic results. There are certain skin types which would not do well with this treatment as it can cause permanent lightening of the skin.*

*All videos, photographs, and testimonials present possible results. There is no guarantee that your results would be the same, as individual results will vary.