Chemical peels decrease fine lines and wrinkles while improving texture and color of the facial skin. Chemical peels are made of different acids, many of which are naturally occurring, such as lactic acid from milk. Chemical peels coming in many strengths. Superficial chemical peels impact the very top layer of the skin and have minimal downtime (redness and light peeling for 3-5 days). Medium depth peels penetrate to deep layers of the skin, lead to significant peeling and redness for 5-10 days. Chemical peels have many benefits and can address several skin conditions at the same time. In addition to reversing the signs of aging, chemical peels can help improve facial scaring, exfoliate the top layer of dead skin cells, fight melasma and skin discoleration and boost self image. Chemical peels pair well with top skin products to enhance and maintain results. You may also consider other non-surgical improvements such as Botox, fillers and lasers.
Formulas for every skin type and concern
- Sun Photodamage
- Sensitive Skin
Formulas highlight effective ingredients
- Lactic Acid
- Salicylic Acid
- Kojic Acid
- Citric Acid
- Azelaic Acid
You should come to your chemical peel appointment with no make-up on. The appointment begins with cleansing of the oils from the face. The chemical peel is then applied to the skin with gauze. This can lead to discomfort (tingling to burning sensation) and itching. The discomfort can be improved with a fan. The peels are self-neutralizing and do not need to be rinsed.
The outcome of the chemical peel is specific to the condition being treated and the peel used. Using topical treatments that decrease pigment formation, such as hydroquinone, before and after the treatment may help decrease hyperpigmentation. Sunscreen is a necessity for at least 3 months after any laser procedure. Peeling of the skin is not always present after a chemical peel and amount of peeling is not correlated with degree of improvement. To achieve maximum results several treatments are often needed
These risks include, but are not limited to:
- Hyperpigmentation, high risk with darker skin
- Lack of improvement
- Cold sore activation
Pre procedure checklist
- I have not tanned in the sun, tanning bed or with tanning creams within the last 4 weeks.
- I have not waxed or received a chemical peel and/or other laser treatment in the same area within the last 2 weeks
- I have discussed any history of oral blister/ulcers/cold sores with the practitioner and understand the risk of activation of the herpes virus. If I have a history of cold sores I have been offered acyclovir 800mg the day before the procedure and then daily for 7 days total to decrease the risk of activation of the herpes virus.
- I have not taken Accutane (Isotretinoin) in the last 6 months and/or have discussed the risk with my practitioner.
- I am not currently pregnant or breastfeeding.
- I have discussed any history of hypertrophic or keloid scarring with my practitioner.
During your consultation, Dr. Berens will analyze your skin and develop a treatment plan to help you accomplish your goals.
Final cost will depend on consultation. Peels start at $150 per treatment.