Chemical Peels

What do chemical peels do?

Many types of chemical peels have been performed in this country during the past 20 to 30 years. The purpose of a chemical peel is to cause an even, controlled shedding of several layers of damaged cells, so you are left with a new fresh layer of skin, with a more uniform texture and color. During your consultation, we will review your medical history and examine your skin type and pigmentation to determine which, if any peel is right for you. Our goal is to determine the most appropriate type of treatment for each individual case.

Reasons for considering a chemical peel:

  • Reduce facial wrinkles and lines.
  • Improve sun-damaged skin.
  • Correct pigmented problems (sun-damaged skin, age spots, liver spots, freckles, blotchiness)
  • Lighten scars (especially from acne).
  • To improve texture
  • Treat precancerous skin lesions

How are chemical peels performed?

During the procedure, the skin is first cleansed of oils. A solution is then carefully applied and is allowed to remain on the skin for a short period of time, in some cases for longer periods of time, in order to remove the layers of damaged skin. During the procedure, most patients experience a warm to somewhat hot sensation that lasts about 5-10 minutes, followed by a stinging sensation. Before leaving the office, most patients no longer feel any discomfort. Since we offer different kinds of peels, the procedure may differ a little with each. The procedure can be performed on the face, neck, chest, hands, arms and legs.

What should I do after a chemical peel?

You need to limit sun exposure for 1-2 weeks after your peel. You should wear sunscreen at least SPF 30 or higher every day. Strenuous activity should be avoided for about 2-3 days. Avoid harsh scrubbing of the skin. If your skin is peeling, do not “help” the skin to peel-you can use a moisturizer to help with flaking. You may resume Retin A after 1 week if you are on it. Brandon Dermatology performs three types of chemical peels:

 Jessner's Peel
Jessner's peeling is considered a 7-10 day chemical treatment designed to remove superficial layers of skin. The solution is applied to your skin with gauze, cotton applicators, or a small brush. Because the solution is a combination of mild acids, some stinging usually occurs during the application , therefore, a small fan will be provided for comfort. The treatment takes approximately 1 hour to perform. Afterwards, your face will typically be white and frosted. This will last from 2-3 hours, and will then subside. The first couple of days, your skin will feel tight, dry, and have a sunburned appearance. Peeling will usually begin by day 3 and last for 4 or 5 days. It is used to help dry out active acne, to reduce shallow wrinkling and scarring, and to lighten hyperpigmented, dark patches on the skin. The treatment may be performed as often as 6-8 weeks, if desired.

*Suitable for all skin types
Ingredients: Salicylic Acid, Lactic Acid, Recorcinol

Glycolic Acid Peel
Chemical peels primarily containing alpha hydroxy acids may be referred to as “AHA chemical peels” or “ glycolic acid peels.” Glycolic acid is the most common type of alpha hydroxy acid used in skin care. Glycolic acid us a natural acid extracted from sugar cane. During a glycolic acid peel session, the chemical is applied to the skin between 3-5 minutes , then neutralized with water. Moisturizer and sunscreen will be applied to the skin prior to leaving the office. The treatment takes approximately 15-20 minutes to perform. We recommend 6 glycolic acid peels performed at two-week intervals, after the start of glycolic acid products at home treatment. Occasional glycolic peels can be performed, as one would a facial, to maintain beautiful skin. Glycolic peels can be performed on the face, neck back, hands, and arms.

Ingredients: Glycolic Acid (Percentage used will be determined during consultation)

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