A chemical peel is a technique used to improve the skin’s appearance. In this treatment, a chemical solution is applied to the skin that causes it to remove the top, out-most layer of skin. This reveals new, fresher looking skin and diminishes wrinkles amongst other skin issues.
Light, medium and deep chemical peels are a popular – cosmetic procedure used to peel away the skin’s top layer to improve sun-damaged, unevenly pigmented and wrinkled skin. Improving the evenness of color and texture in your skin creates a youthful look and restores a healthy, luminous and radiant appearance.
At Peel Palace we offer several options depending on the treatment depth you need and your Aesthetician will recommend an approach based upon your aesthetic desires. The amount of time you can allow for recovery may be an important factor to consider when selecting a particular chemical peel or determine the extent of your treatment.
Common Conditions Treated with Chemical Peels
• Treat wrinkles caused by aging and sun damage
• Reduce lines around the eyes and mouth
• Improve the appearance of scars
• Enhance the look and feel of your skin
• Treats some types of acne
• Reduces age spot, freckles and other skin discolorations
Light to Medium Peels
Generally, the most superficial peels are those using alpha hydroxy acids (AHA), such as glycolic, lactic or fruit acid. AHA peels can reduce the effects of aging and sun damage including fine wrinkling and brown spots. Sometimes a single treatment with an AHA peel will give your skin a fresher, healthier appearance and a radiant glow. No anesthesia is needed and you will only feel a tingling or mild stinging sensation when the solution is applied. Immediately after the procedure, you generally will be able to wear makeup and you can drive yourself home or back to work. Various concentrations of an AHA may be applied weekly or at longer intervals to further improve the texture of your skin.
Trichloracetic (TCA) acid peel
A TCA peel is a stronger, medium depth peel. TCA peels are often used for the treatment of wrinkles, skin pigment changes and blemishes. Many patients can benefit from having TCA applied not only on the face but also on the neck and other parts of the body that have been exposed to the sun. For spot peeling of limited areas such as around the mouth or eyes, TCA formulas are often preferred because they have a reduced bleaching effect compared to solutions containing phenol, another popular peeling agent. Some surgeons have found TCA to be effective in treating darker skinned patients. Milder TCA peels can be repeated frequently in order to achieve cumulative effects or TCA can be used to meet a medium or even a deep peel, depending on the acid concentration and manner of application.
The Vi Peel/Phenol Peel
A phenol peel is a deep peel that is sometimes recommended for treating severe wrinkles (from fine lines to deep creases), sun damage, uneven skin tone and texture and may be used in the treatment of precancerous skin conditions. Phenol is particularly useful for minimizing the vertical lines that often form around the mouth as a result of aging. Deep peels take longer to perform and will leave a healing crust on the skin that must be covered with protective ointment and limited from sun exposure. There is a burning sensation, but it is relieved somewhat because the solution also acts as an anesthetic. Phenol often has a significant bleaching effect and you may need to wear makeup in order for the treated portions of your skin to more closely match the skin color of the surrounding areas. Phenol cannot be used on your neck or other parts of your body.