Chemical Peels

Chemical Peels2018-08-02T20:14:10+00:00

Modern science now offers men and women a variety of choice of chemical peels that are specially formulated for individual skin types. Chemical peels are reliable and deliver highly productive results. Formulas for chemical peels can be adjusted to treat specific needs to create the results you desire.

Chemical Peels are mostly used on the face; however other parts of the body can be treated as well. It is used to treat acne, discoloration, freckles, hyper pigmentation, superficial dark scars, superficial melasma, as well as reducing fine lines and wrinkles. The chemical peel procedure involves the application to the face, neck or hands. A predefined chemical solution is applied to the area to be treated to diminish imperfections by peeling away the skin’s top layers. It also provides stimulation of the production of new collagen for a smoother more even complexion.

Chemical peels can improve the appearance of:

  • Acne and acne scarring
  • Wrinkles and fine lines under and around your eyes and mouth
  • Sun damage
  • Areas of darker skin pigmentation
  • Age spots and freckles
  • Skin texture

Chemical peels are surface-level treatments, so they don’t treat deeper lines and severe wrinkles or tighten, loose, or sagging skin.

Who are candidates for chemical peels?

People who are dealing with facial blemishes, wrinkles, large pores, dull tone, acne and uneven skin pigmentation are candidates.

Types of chemical peels

There are several diverse types of chemical peels, so your experience may depend on the type of peel you receive.

  • Light chemical peels: A light chemical peel is good for uneven pigmentation, dry skin, and fine lines. It uses a light exfoliation that removes the outer layer of your skin, resulting in a healthy glow. Light chemical peels often use alpha hydroxy acids and beta hydroxy acids like glycolic acid, lactic acid, and salicylic acid. These chemicals are milder than those used in deep chemical peels, but you may still experience some redness, stinging, or flaking after the procedure. These side effects are temporary and usually well-tolerated.

  • Medium chemical peels: This type of peel can improve the appearance of acne scars, deeper wrinkles, uneven skin tone. Medium peels use chemicals including glycolic acid and trichloroacetic acid to remove the outer layers of your skin as well as part of the middle layer. It goes deeper than a light peel for a more dramatic result. You may feel burning, tingling, or stinging with a medium peel and your treated skin peels in the first 48 hours after treatment and may last up to a week.

  • Deep Chemical peels: Deep chemical peels use phenol, the strongest chemical for deepest penetration for skin layers. You may require a local anesthetic to relieve discomfort during a deep chemical peel. Deep chemical peels improve deeper wrinkles, scars, blotchy skin, and precancerous growths. Recovery time can take up to several weeks and will produce long lasting results.

How Do Chemical Peels Work?

Chemical peels remove a layer of skin with a chemical preparation allowing the skin to grow back smoother than before with reduced imperfections while leaving you with a younger, fresher appearance.

How Are Chemical Skin Peels Actually Performed?

Some aspects of the chemical peel procedure differ according to the type of peel ( light, medium or deep) being administered. However, all skin peel procedures follow the same basic protocols. The aesthetician cleanses the patient’s skin and if necessary will apply a topical anesthetic to the treatment area.
The chemical peel solution is then applied. This solution is formulated according to each patient’s specific needs and goals. It is common for the patient to feel a tingling or stinging sensation as the chemical peel is applied. After the skin peel solution has been on the skin for the prescribed amount of time, it is washed off with water. A soothing ointment is then applied to protect the skin.
Depending on the patient’s skin condition and the depth of the chemical peel, multiple treatments may be necessary to achieve the desired results.

Recovery From Chemical Peels

Some aspects of the chemical peel procedure differ according to the type of peel ( light, medium or deep) being administered. However, all skin peel procedures follow the same basic protocols. The aesthetician cleanses the patient’s skin and if necessary will apply a topical anesthetic to the treatment area.
The chemical peel solution is then applied. This solution is formulated according to each patient’s specific needs and goals. It is common for the patient to feel a tingling or stinging sensation as the chemical peel is applied. After the skin peel solution has been on the skin for the prescribed amount of time, it is washed off with water. A soothing ointment is then applied to protect the skin.
Depending on the patient’s skin condition and the depth of the chemical peel, multiple treatments may be necessary to achieve the desired results.

Are There Any Risks?

Risks are rare, but may include redness, swelling, and skin irritation. Symptoms should not last longer than a week.

Results

For optimum results, multiple peels are necessary. Peels are spaced out 4-6 weeks depending on individual’s needs. To keep skin healthy and young, it is advised to have a peel once every 4-6 weeks.
For most men and women wishing to improve the tone and texture of their skin, light to medium chemical peels are a good choice. At TIMC, we will advise you on the best treatment options to achieve your goals.