Chemical peels remove damaged outer layers of skin to make skin smoother, reduce scarring and remove blemishes. Ranging from mild to strong, there are three types of chemical peels: alphahydroxy acid (AHA), trichloroacetic acid (TCA) and phenol. The patients skin concerns and desired outcome determines the strength of each peel. There is no anesthesia required. TCA and phenol have anesthetic properties, and AHA produces only a mild stinging.
Chemical Peel Procedure
During a chemical peel, the skin is cleansed and the solution is applied, which may cause a brief stinging sensation. After an AHA peel; there is no need for post-peel ointment or covering but Aquaphor may be applied following a phenol peel.
Side Effects Of Chemical Peels
A phenol or TCA peel can result in tingling or throbbing, reddened skin, a crust or scab, and significant swelling that lasts, depending on the strength of the peel used, about a week. The patient may intially experience swollen shut eyes, be put on a liquid diet and be advised to keep talking to a minimum after a phenol peel. AHA peels can cause temporary stinging, redness and irritation, as well as flaking or crusting. After a chemical peel, it is essential that the skin be protected from the sun. To prevent hyperpigmentation an SPF of at least 30 should be worn.
We offer a high performance AHA peel which allows you to experience the maximum benefits of a medical strength peel without the irritation, stinging and burning commonly associated with other chemical peels. We use a patented and clinically proven anti-irritant called Cosmederm-7. This suberb anti-aging treatment produces visible improvements in skin color, tone and texture while reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Our Refinitiy Glycolic Peel is appropriate for a wide variety of skin types as well as those with sensitive skin. A series of treatments is recommended.