A chemical peel might sound intimidating to patients who are unfamiliar with the procedure. However, chemical peels are a minimally-invasive exfoliation treatment to improve the appearance of facial skin. They’re called chemical peels simply because they use chemical solutions such as phenolic acids or trichloroatic acid to restore facial skin. By applying the chemical solution to the skin, damaged skin is removed to reveal healthy, vibrant skin underneath.
Before treatment, our licensed estheticians can help determine which chemical peel will best suit your skin type and skin care needs during a skin analysis. After choosing a peel, our estheticians thoroughly wash the face to remove makeup and oil. The specified chemical solution is then applied and left for a pre-determined amount of time depending on the strength of the peel. Some patients may feel a slight burning or tingling sensation depending on the strength of the peel, but we provide a cooling device to minimize any discomfort. After treatment, skin is gently cleansed and covered with sunscreen to protect your newly rejuvenated appearance.
Chemical peels can treat many skin conditions from acne and scarring to wrinkles or uneven skin tone. Lighter peels are available for patients with slight skin damage or sensitive skin and deeper peels for those who have more damage. AYA Medical Spa offers the Obagi® Blue Peel™, Melanage™ Skin Lightening System, ReVitalize Peel, Luminage Peel, Quelage Peel, Vi Peel™, and even customized peels tailored to any skin type. Since chemical peel strengths vary, it is important to learn about the different options and find the perfect strength for your skin’s needs. For example, the Melanage™ Skin Lightening Peel reduces age spots and fine lines by stimulating collagen production, while the Quelage Peel is especially suited for patients with redness-prone skin.
Depending on the strength of the peel, recovery time can vary as well. Immediately following treatment, most patients report a red flush similar to a sunburn. A few days after treatment, the treated skin will peel and reveal the ultimate results within a week or two. Your skin will appear more vibrant and revitalized. As time continues, skin should noticeably improve as it shifts through a complete growth cycle.
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