About Medical Peels
Medical Grade Peels (Chemical Peels) are physican-only cosmetic procedures that are designed specifically around an individual’s skin type, prior procedures, goals and level of tolerance for downtime.
Chemical peels come in three main varieties: superficial, medium depth and deep. Superfical peels can be performed by a non-physician provider and generally have little or no downtime. They are often referred to as “lunchtime” peels because makeup can be applied right after the procedure and no recovery time is needed. This type of peel leaves the skin soft, smooth and clean and may help reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and dark spots. Often, a series of 6 superficial peels are performed once weekly to achieve the desired effect. Maintenance superfical peels are performed every 6 weeks to 3 months.
Medium depth peels are performed using a single peeling agent or a combination of agents. Some commonly used peeling agents include trichloroacetic acid (TCA), Jessner’s solution and salacylic acid in higher concentrations. Other peeling agents are sometimes used as well. This type of peel requires more preparation than a superficial peel. During your consultation, you will be asked a series of medical questions designed to make sure your peel goes smoothly and safely. If you have a history of cold sores, you may be required to take an antiviral medication to prevent an outbreak with the peel. This type of peel carries a revovery time of approximately 5-12 days depending on the depth of peel used. During this time, a special regimen of aftercare will be prescribed and you will have to practice strict sun avoidance. The deeper the peel, the higher the risk of problems like hyperpigmentation (darkening of the skin) and uneven color. By following the pre and post peel directions, complications can be minimized. You will be offered the option of a topical anesthetic or light sedation for your medium depth peel. Many patients tolerate medium depth peels without anesthesia. We can use the revolutionary Dermal Infusion process to infuse anesthetic deep into your skin to minimize discomfort.
Deep Chemical peels are generally performed with conscious sedation. These peels use a chemical called phenol in various concentrations. Phenol can cause arrythmias, so your heart and blood pressure will be continually monitored. The peel is also performed in a stepwise fashion to minimize penetration through the skin. Recovery time is two weeks.