Chemical Peels

Conveniently located to serve the areas of Fenton, Sterling and Livonia, Michigan

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As we age, the rejuvenation process of skin cells slows. A chemical peel from the Skin and Vein Center can make the skin appear tighter and less wrinkled, revealing a more youthful appearance.

About

Revitalizing chemical peel procedures have benefited individuals for more than a century by removing dead cells and stimulating the production of new ones to provide a fresh glowing complexion. Ever wondered what is a chemical peel and how it can help you? Read on!

At a Glance

  • Preparation: You may be given a pre-treatment skincare routine.
  • Procedure: A chemical solution is applied to the treatment area and left on for several minutes. Water or alcohol is used to neutralize the chemical at the end of the procedure.
  • Length of Procedure : Depends on the type of peel. Can range from one minute to 12 minutes.
  • Recovery or Downtime: It Will depend on the type of chemical peel– Light peels require no downtime to a few days of downtime– Medium to deep peels require a few days to a few months to recover
  • Pain: – During treatment, a cool, warm or hot sensation, as well as some stinging can be experienced. After treatment, a burning sensation similar to a mild or strong sunburn, depending on the strength of the chemical peel.
  • Results: Smooth skin resulting in a more youthful glowing appearance.

Benefits

Chemical peel procedures can help if you are looking to:

  • Remove spots or light freckling
  • Brighten the skin
  • Reduce fine lines
  • Even pigmentation
  • Erase sun damage
  • Control active acne
  • Smooth acne scars

Often, chemical peels are done along with a facelift to improve overall tone and texture, while the facelift targets sagging skin.

Preparation

You may be asked to use a skin-cleansing regime leading up to your chemical peel procedure.

Procedure

Depending on the individual, a single chemical, such as trichloroacetic acid, hydroquinone, or glycol, will be used, or a combination of chemicals will be used. Which chemical solution is used will define the peel as light or superficial, medium or deep. Your physician will determine the best strength of chemicals to achieve the desired results.

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Unless you are undergoing a deep peel, you will not need any type of anesthesia. The chemical solution is applied to the treatment area, which is usually the entire surface of the face. These chemical solutions will immediately start peeling the dead skin from the outer layers of the treatment area. You can expect to feel a cool, warm, or hot sensation, along with a stinging sensation that may last for 10 or more minutes, depending on the strength of your peel.

Due to the varying strengths of chemical peels, it is important to follow all aftercare directions to encourage healing and reduce any risk of complications.

Expectations

After a light peel, you can expect to experience:

  • Some redness
  • The possibility of scaling that may last a few days

After a medium or deep peel:

  • Possible blisters and swelling
  • Blisters will break and form a crust, then turn brown
  • Peeling that can last five to eight days
  • Ointments and creams that will need to be applied to keep the skin moist

You may have the appearance of a sunburn after a medium or deep chemical peel procedure. The redness will become pink over time and it may take several weeks to heal. You can start applying makeup about seven days after the procedure.

After all the chemical peels, you should avoid sun exposure and apply a sunblock with SPF 15 or higher whenever you go outside. Also, it is not uncommon to experience temporary breakouts because the chemical agents are generating new cells and your skin is adjusting and healing.

Remember that your skin is very sensitive, so you should take good care of it, and you will soon see the chemical peel benefits.

Treatment

Chemical peels are mostly performed on the face to treat fine lines around the mouth and the eyes, to treat certain kinds of acne, to treat sun damage and wrinkles, to reduce the appearance of freckles, age spots and dark patches and to reduce the appearance of scars.  Chemical peels can’t usually treat severe wrinkles, sagging skin and deep scars. These issues may require a more dramatic skin resurfacing treatment.  The best candidates for chemical peels are those with fair skin and light hair as those with darker skin are more at risk for uneven skin tone following their procedure.

The chemical peel process begins with the patient’s skin being thoroughly cleansed. A chemical solution such as glycolic acid, salicylic acid, lactic acid or trichloroacetic acid is applied to the skin. Patients will generally feel a slight burning sensation that will last for several minutes. After the chemical peel, the patient will experience a reaction similar to a sunburn in which the skin gradually peels. Redness of the skin will follow for up to a week with mild peeling occurring until the skin is fully healed. Before and after chemical peel patients will often show a marked improvement in the skin’s surface with many years’ worth of damage being taken out.

Some of the risks associated with a chemical peel include the possibility of a permanent color change in the skin where the chemical peel was applied, a small risk of scarring or a risk or reactivating cold sores for those who have a history of herpes.

Micro Laser Peel

You have always been active. However, you may not have been aware of the unwanted effects of the sun and wind on your face. Now, you think you look older than you feel.

You may not be ready for surgery with a long recovery process, but you still want to regain that youthful look that will let you look as young as you feel.

The MicroLaser Peel, or the “weekend” skin peel treats skin conditions associated with aging and an active lifestyle. You will see improvements within just a few days.

What is the MicroLaser Peel?

Patients who want more than microdermabrasion or light chemical peels, but don’t have time for a prolonged healing process can benefit from MicroLaser Peels. You will see significant and immediate changes in skin tightness and texture.

MicroLaser Peel is an intro-epidermal laser peel that eliminates the outer layers of the skin through an individual tailored procedure. Skin conditions such as wrinkles, scars, acne scars, keratosis, or pigment problems can be successfully treated through this procedure.

The MicroLaser Peel is a partial-to-full skin peel that is performed with topical anesthetic. This procedure goes deeper into the epidermis, making it the perfect step between microdermabrasion and full skin resurfacing.

Usually, the procedure is performed two to five times with four to six weeks between each treatment. However, additional peels with Michigan dermatology can be done to achieve the desired results.

Healing takes only two to five days. During this time, you will experience something similar to a sunburn, with minor sloughing on the second day, with the redness fading by the third day. Many patients have the procedure done on a Thursday or Friday, to enable them to return to work on Monday.

Your Michigan dermatology technician will also advise you on steps to protect your skin to maintain the benefits from the MicroLaser Peel.

FAQ

What are chemical peels?

Chemical peels remove dead cells and stimulate the production of new cells to present a fresh, glowing complexion.

Who is a good candidate for a chemical peel?

Good candidates for chemical peels include anyone who wants clear, smoother, glowing skin.

What is the chemical peel procedure?

Depending on the type of peel chosen, a certain chemical will be applied to the skin with a special applicator. It will be left on for several minutes, after which water or alcohol will be used to neutralize the chemical.

What kind of anesthesia is used during a chemical?

No anesthesia is required unless undergoing a deep peel.

How can I prepare for a chemical peel?

You will be given a pre-treatment skin care routine.

What can I expect during a chemical peel?

You may experience a cool, warm, or hot sensation, along with some minor stinging.

What can I expect post-procedure?

After the treatment, you may experience a burning sensation, depending on the strength of the chemical peel. You may experience some redness with lighter peels. With medium or deep peels, you can experience blisters and swelling, along with peeling that can last five to eight days.

What is the recovery time for a chemical peel?

This will depend on the type of peel. Light peels have a recovery time that can range from none to a few days. Medium to deep peels can require a few days to a few months.

What are the risks associated with a chemical peel?

Some risks of chemical peels including scarring, infections, or a contrast in the color of the treated skin.

What is the cost for a chemical peel?

The cost of chemical peels will be discussed at the time of the pre-operative visit.

Can Chemical Peels Cause Breakouts?

Depending on your skin type, if your skin is sensitive to exfoliating acids-they can trigger that reaction.