Chemical Peels use a chemical solution to improve and smooth the texture of the facial skin by removing its damaged outer layers. Chemical Peels are a category of advanced clinical skin rejuvenation treatments that aid in reversing damaged skin due to factors such as aging, sun exposure and
Chemical Peels in the Tri-Valley
Chemical Peel FAQs
Chemical Peels at a Glance
Trichloroacetic Acid (TCA) – TCA peels smooth out fine surface wrinkles, remove superficial blemishes and corrects pigment problems. These peels may require pre-treatment with Retin-A or AHA creams. Additional treatments may be needed to maintain results. The healing process is usually quick.
Phenol – The Phenol peel corrects blotches caused by sun exposure, hormones and aging. It smoothes out coarse wrinkles and areas of blotchy or sun damaged skin. This peel is used only on the face and is not recommended for dark-skinned individuals. Full-face treatment may take an hour or more. The recovery rate is slow, and complete healing can take several weeks. Sun protection must always be used following the peel, and permanent skin lightening and lines of demarcation may occur.
What are the types of Chemical Peels?
There are three levels of Chemical Peels ranging in intensity and strength:
- Jessner’s Peel – These are the mildest form of Chemical Peels and provide smoother, brighter-looking skin. Jessner’s peels may be used for treating fine lines, areas of dryness and pigmentation problems. Jessner’s can be mixed with bleaching creams to correct pigment problems, and it can be used as a pre-treatment for the TCA peel.
- Trichloracetic Acids (TCA) – This type is a medium-depth peeling system that may be performed in different variations. Fine surface wrinkles, superficial blemishes and pigmentation problems are commonly treated with this type of Chemical Peel. More than one TCA peel may be needed to achieve desired results, but the recovery time is shorter than with a Phenol treatment.
- Phenol – This is the deepest, strongest Chemical Peel procedure with the most dramatic and longest-lasting results. It is used mainly to treat clients with coarse facial wrinkles, areas of blotchy or sun damaged skin. Since Phenol can cause the skin to lighten, your skin tone should be taken into consideration when deciding whether this level of treatment is right for you.
How many treatments are required?
Multiple treatments are common with certain Chemical Peels:
- Jessner’s Peel – Various levels of Jessner’s peels can be performed monthly or at longer intervals.
- Trichloracetic Acids – This peel is more intense and two to three TCA peels are usually performed to achieve desired results.
- Phenol A – Single treatment usually produces desired effects.
What are the results?
- Jessner’s Peel – The results from this Chemical Peel may be very subtle at first. You will detect a natural, healthy glow to your skin, and with multiple treatments, even better results can be seen.
- Trichloracetic Acids – Skin will be noticeably smoother and fresher-looking. Results are longer-lasting than an AHA peel.
- Phenol – This peel will result in dramatic improvements in the surface of the skin, including fewer wrinkles, fewer blemishes and even skin tone.
Who are candidates for Chemical Peels?
Clients who have facial blemishes, wrinkles and uneven skin pigmentation are candidates.
Are Chemical Peels safe?
Chemical Peels are safe, but each treatment has different side effects. Some AHA peels may cause irritation, flaking and soreness. Complications for TCA and Phenol peels include scarring and changes in skin color.
Will there be any downtime?
Yes, there is will be minimal downtime with Jessner’s Chemical Peels. A TCA peel may cause redness and swelling, and a mild pain medication may be prescribed by a physician. Phenol peels may involve intense swelling and pain. You will be able to resume normal activities in a week to ten days.
Who should avoid Chemical Peels?
Clients with cold sores or sensitive skin may be at a greater risk for post-treatment complications.
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|Brown Spots||IPL Photo Facial, Microlaser Peel, Chemical Peels|
|Dark Circles / Bags Under Eyes||Restylane filler, Eyelid surgery|
|Lip Lines||Filler, Botox, Laser Resurfacing|
|Acne Scars||Profractional / Microlaser Peel|
|Age Lines and Wrinkles||Profractional / Microlaser Peel|
|Thin Lips||Fillers or Lip Procedures|
|Jowls, Neck Laxity||SkinTyte II™ or Mini-lift|
|Unwanted Hair||Laser Hair Removal|
|Spider Veins on Face or Legs||Vascular Laser|
|Lines Between the Brow or Eyes||Botox, Dysport, XEOMIN|
|Red Flushing on Face or Chest||Sciton IPL Photo Facial|
|Dull, Uneven Skin, Wide Pores||Obagi Skin Care, IPL, Photo Facial, DermaSweep|
|Severe Unwanted Perspiration||Botox|
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