CHEMICAL PEELS


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Micropeel Plus

The SkinCeuticals Micropeel Plus is specifically designed to help reduce acne and keep problematic skin from additional breakouts. This one-step medical-grade procedure uses a high percentage of salicylic acid to target acneic skin where it counts. This peel also helps with wrinkles and pigment irregularities. Its perfect for both the teenager suffering from breakouts as well as the older individual with sun damage.

How It Works

The Micropeel Plus utilizes two acids to achieve the best results. Glycolic acid is used to cut through the dead skin cells that lie on the surface of the skin while salicylic acid removes accumulated debris and oil in pores. Together, these acids help refine and smooth the skin at different epidermal depths.

What To Expect

We start by thoroughly cleansing the skin with the Clarisonic PRO brush and a degreasing agent. Dermaplaning is only performed on skin types deemed appropriate and for patients wanting a very aggressive treatment. The solution will be carefully layered onto the skin using light, sweeping strokes with a special applicator. A fan providing cool, breezy air will help reduce any stingy sensation that may arise. The treatment concludes with an application of sunscreen. The treatment lasts approximately 30 minutes.

Length Of Results

Results typically last 3-4 weeks. After the conclusion of a series, however, results may last up to one year.

Number Of Treatments

Patients are generally asked to return for another peel every 4-6 weeks for a course of 5 treatments. This helps to keep the rate of acne breakouts to a minimum and also prevents sun damage from worsening.


Rejuvenize Peel™

This full-strength SkinMedica peel targets the deeper levels of the epidermis by using an advanced formulation of peeling agents. An additional retinol solution acts as a penetration enhancer to allow for a deeper exfoliation. Patients with moderate to severe skin concerns should consider this peel to improve acne scarring, even out discoloration, and smooth rough texture.

How It Works

Even though the Rejuvenize peel has the same ingredients as the milder Vitalize peel, the concentration of each ingredient is higher. Similarly, the included retinol mixture is more than double the strength of its sister peel. This all results in a more powerful, deeper treatment.

What To Expect

Cleansing the skin is always the first step. We continue with possible dermaplaning before applying the peel. More than one pass may be performed to ensure complete, concentrated coverage. The retinol solution is then lightly applied over the peel. Cool air eases some prickly sensations you may experience. Afterwards, we will discuss post-procedure instructions and schedule your 5-7 day follow-up visit. This treatment takes about 30 minutes to complete.

Length Of Results

Many patients will comment that their skin feels smoother and looks brighter for many weeks after a treatment. For patients that have severe sun damage, multiple treatments are recommended.

Number Of Treatments

Although you will likely see a difference after just one treatment, a series of 3-6 peels is ideal for maximum results. The rejuvenize peel may be repeated every 4-6 weeks.


TCA Peel

TCA stands for trichloroacetic acid. For years, TCA has been considered the gold standard for medical-grade chemical peels. Its proven efficacy is well documented, and it is still used in many offices today. TCA peels are medium-depth treatments that can penetrate past the superficial epidermis into the deeper, upper dermis. This depth level is ideal for treating wrinkles, moderate to severe pigmentation, and even skin conditions caused by the sun such as actinic keratoses.

How It Works

TCA is a chemical cauterant, meaning it coagulates proteins in the skin. This is why many experience a white frosting immediately after the peel is applied. As the treated skin goes through controlled cell death, the cells will naturally slough off revealing fresh, new skin underneath.

What To Expect

Makeup and lotions are removed using our three-step cleansing process. A degreasing agent will further cleanse the skin of oil and debris. The TCA solution is then applied using broad, even strokes. Several passes may be applied for deeper penetration. As the skin begins to frost from the acid, you will experience a stinging sensation. To avoid the feeling from becoming too intense, we will use a fan to administer cool air onto the treated skin. An application of soothing creams and sunscreen will complete the treatment. The entire procedure takes about 30 minutes. Because multiple follow-up visits are required to ensure proper healing, all subsequent appointments will be made at this time.

Length Of Results

Results from a TCA peel can last months, and if the skin is taken care of properly, even years.

Number Of Treatments

One TCA peel is usually sufficient to see great results. However, deep sun damage and wrinkles may take several treatments. Peels should be spaced at least 2-3 months apart.