- What is it?
- Chemical peels are one of the most popular non-invasive cosmetic procedures performed to rejuvenate the appearance of the skin. Over time, factors such as sun damage, heredity, diet and repetitive muscle movement contribute to the formation of lines and wrinkles in the face. Additionally, the development of pigmentation irregularities or acne scars can cause skin to lose its smooth, youthful appearance. Chemical peels are used to reverse these effects.
- How does it work?
- Often performed on the face, neck and hands, various types of chemical peels can reduce the appearance of facial wrinkles, scars, uneven pigmentation, as well as treat pre-cancerous skin lesions. Peels use alpha hydroxy acid, or AHA, to remove dead skin cells from the treated area; when these cells fall off, the new skin underneath can be seen, and it is smoother in texture, more even in tone, and overall healthier. Stronger peels contain concentrations of trichloroacetic acid (TCA), and will penetrate the top layer of skin and affect living cells in the deeper vascular dermis.
We offer several different types of chemical peels:
- PCA Peel with hydroquinone – ideal for hyperpigmentation, acne, oily skin, asphyxiated skin
- PCA Peel without hydroquinone (for sensitive skin) – ideal for dehydration, rosacea, fine lines
- PCA Ultra Peel (TCA 10%) – ideal for fine lines, wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, dry skin and uneven surface texture
- PCA Ultra Peel Forte (TCA 20%) – moderate wrinkles, photo damamge, uneven surface texture, laxity
- How much does it cost?
- Treatments on face, neck, chest, and back start at $90 per session.
Treatments on hands average $90 per session.
- Will I need multiple treatments?
- Treatment schedules are always customized to fit your needs. Typically 2-4 peels are recommended for best results, at three month intervals, then a maintenance schedule is implemented on the basis of one per year. The type of peel and a projected treatment plan will be determined by both you and your esthetician during your consultation.
- Who does the treatment?
- The treatment is performed by one of our professionally trained Medical Estheticians.
- How long does it take?
- Treatments usually last less than 30 minutes.
- Is there any downtime or pain?
- Treated areas are usually pink and shiny in appearance for several days after, and the dead skin cells will gradually slough off in light to moderate peeling. In more aggressive peels your skin may be red and scabbing for up to two weeks following treatment. Sunscreen must be worn following treatments, and direct sun exposure (ie. tanning beds, outdoor sports) must be avoided following treatments.
The sensation of a peel varies from person to person, and also depends largely on the type of peel being performed. Usually the feeling is akin to a warm or hot sensation, then a light stinging as the peel begins to work. More aggressive peels are more painful, and pain medication might be administered.