Facial Chemical Peels

Facial peels effectively rejuvenate and improve the appearance of wrinkled, blemished or sun-damaged skin. This non-invasive skin care technique peels away the skin's top layers, revealing fresh, flawless, and smooth skin. Performed on the entire face or on a specific area of the face, this treatment utilizes a chemical solution to separate and peel off the surface layers of the skin, leaving behind smoother color and texture.

To improve the appearance of deep scars, we recommend choosing a more advanced procedure. Laser resurfacing, punch grafting, punch excision, and dermabrasion are all highly effective options. While facial chemical peels cannot change pore size or remove broken blood vessels, it can improve the overall appearance of these conditions.

Procedure

  • Prior to treatment, patients often discontinue certain topical medications such as vitamin A creams or products containing glycolic acid. These medications are often used as a pre-treatment preparation for the chemical peel.
  • Our aesthetician will thoroughly cleanse your skin with an agent that removes excess oils. The types of acids typically used include glycolic acid, tricholoroacetic acid of varying concentrations, salicylic acid, or a combination of these.
  • During the chemical peel, solution is applied directly to the skin, resulting in the separation and eventual peeling of the skin's layers.
  • Most patients experience a warm or hot sensation during the procedure. This usually lasts five to ten minutes and is followed by a stinging sensation.

Recovery

The deeper the chemical peel, the more time it takes to recover. Depending on the type of peel, patients experience a reaction similar to that of a sunburn, ranging from mild to severe. Superficial peeling usually involves redness, followed by mild flaking that usually ends within one to five days. A medium depth chemical peel may result in swelling and tightness of the skin. The surface of the skin may turn brown. Eventually, the brown top layers blister and peel off over a period of seven to 10 days. It is very important to avoid sun exposure for several weeks to months after a chemical peel because your new skin will be fragile and susceptible to injury. Dr. Pisarski will give you detailed post-peel instructions.

Results

Facial peels cannot remove loose or sagging skin and do not serve the same function as a Brow lift or Eyelid surgery. It is often used as an effective compliment to one of these facial surgical procedures.

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