Chemical peels are used to remove outer layers of your skin that have been damaged. This process stimulates the production of collagen and the growth of new blood vessels. A chemical peel can also act directly on the dermis (deeper layer of the skin).
The benefits of peels were first seen by Egyptian women who noticed that the byproducts of grapes improved their skin due to their tartaric acid. They also noticed that milk baths made their skin softer because of the lactic acid. In the Antilles islands, women noticed that products obtained from sugarcane softened their skin, which was a result of glycolic acid.
Our medical-grade peels will eliminate layers of dull, old skin cells and stimulate circulation and the production of healthy new cells. Chemical peels can restore a healthier, more youthful complexion, whether they are used alone or in conjunction with other rejuvenation treatments.
How Does the Treatment Work?
There are three levels of chemical peels, superficial, intermediate, and deep. The depth of treatment will depend on the concerns being addressed and your own personal preferences. Dr. Tchelebi will develop a treatment plan for you during your consultation appointment.
- Superficial peels utilize substances such as glycolic, lactic, salicylic, or kojic acids. These peels typically cause minimal exfoliation and will improve skin texture, brighten the complexion, hydrate, and soften fine lines.
- Intermediate peels primarily use trichloroacetic acid (TCA). These peels will improve deeper wrinkles, reduce actinic keratoses (precancerous lesions), and improve the skin’s overall tone.
- Deep peels, such as TCA 40% and phenol peels, cause dramatic results by practically liquefying the epidermis and strongly stimulating the dermis. The skin becomes very smooth, and deep wrinkles are diminished.
Am I a Candidate for Chemical Peel Treatment?
These treatments can provide dramatic results, but are not without potentially severe side effects and should only be done by very experienced physicians. Chemical peels can be done to address fine lines, discoloration, scarring, and deep wrinkles. Different levels of peel are used to treat various concerns, so an examination of your skin during your consultation will be necessary.
Your skin will be cleansed and prepared for the chemical peel according to the selected depth of peel. The formula will be applied to your skin and left for a predetermined length of time. You may feel a slight tingling (superficial and intermediate peels) or burning (deep peel) sensation as the peel penetrates the skin. Some chemicals are self-neutralizing, but others will need to be neutralized with another substance.
The length of your recovery will depend on the depth of your peel. After a superficial peel, you should be able to return to your regular activities immediately. After an intermediate or deep peel, there will be a more extensive recovery period. After a deep peel, your skin may crust and scab over. The skin may also be pink for up to a few weeks, depending on the type of peel used. Dr. Tchelebi will give you post-treatment instructions that should be followed closely to ensure that your skin heals properly.
Once your skin has healed, you will experience a more radiant complexion, smoother skin, and the softening of fine lines. The results of a chemical peel are generally long lasting, and proper sun protection and skincare can help maintain your rejuvenated appearance.
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**Results may vary. Unless noted otherwise, testimonials are of real patients who have completed treatment(s.) Before and after images reflect real results from real patients, although individual results may vary. Statements estimating treatment duration and the amount of treatments required are based on the typical experience of patients of Park Avenue Medical Spa, however, duration and amount of treatments needed may vary per client.