Peels are a popular cosmetic procedure. It's quick, simple and a safe procedure with great results and minimal down time.
Chemical peels have been around for many years and is a non-invasive treatment option for acne, acne scars, aging and sun-damaged skin. Our skin care professionals can guide you in selecting the right peel for you.
Chemical peels are a technique used to improve the appearance of the skin. A chemical solution is applied to the skin that causes it to peel off the top layers and allows new skin to regenerate. The new skin is smoother and less wrinkled than the old skin and may also be more even in colour.
What can a chemical peel do?
Chemical peeling is used to treat fine lines, especially under the eyes and around the mouth. Wrinkles caused by sun damage, aging, and hereditary factors can be reduced or even eliminated with this procedure.
Acne marks and scarring may also be treated with chemical peels. In addition, sunspots, age spots, freckles, blotchiness due to medications, skin that is dull in texture and color may be improved with chemical peeling. Sunscreens and homecare products must be used in conjunction with chemical peels to decrease the chance of the reappearance of lesions.
How are chemical peels performed?
The procedure may be performed on the face, neck, chest, hands, arms, and legs. Superficial, medium, or deep chemical peels may be used to improve damaged skin. As a rule, the deeper the peel, the longer the recovery time.
The skin is thoroughly cleansed with an agent that removes excess oils, and the eyes and hair are protected. One or more chemical solutions such as glycolic acid, trichloroacetic acid, salicylic acid, retinoic acid, lactic acid, or phenol are used.
During a chemical peel, the solution is applied to the skin, the application produces separation and eventually peels off layers of skin (sometimes visible, but many times invisible or “micro” peeling), enabling rejuvenated skin to appear.
During the procedure, most patients may experience a warm to hot sensation that may last about five to ten minutes, followed by a stinging sensation which then dissipates.
What should be expected after treatment?
Depending upon the type of peel, you may experience a mild to severe burning sensation. Superficial peeling usually involves redness, followed by scaling that can last three to five days, though many patients experience “micro” peeling where minimal peeling is seen with the naked eye but still occurs at the microscopic level.
Medium-depth and deep peeling can sometimes result in swelling and blisters that may break, crust, turn brown, and peel off over a period of 7 to 14 days or longer.
It is important to avoid overexposure to the sun immediately after a chemical peel since the new skin is fragile and more susceptible to injury. The staff at Skin City Toronto will provide you with appropriate follow-up care to help the skin heal.
What are the possible complications?
In certain skin types, there is a risk of developing a temporary or permanent color change. Birth control pills, pregnancy, or a family history of brownish discoloration on the face may increase the possibility of developing abnormal pigmentation. Persistent redness may also occur and can last for months.
Although very low, there is a risk of scarring after chemical peels. If scarring does occur, it can usually be treated with good results. There is a small incidence of the reactivation of cold sores or herpes simplex infection in patients with a history of fever blisters. Prior to a chemical skin peeling, it is important for a patient to inform your skin care specialist of any history of keloids, unusual scarring tendencies, extensive radiation to the face, or recurring cold sores, for proper precautions to be taken.
What are the limitations of chemical peels?
Chemical peels cannot remove loose or sagging skin since they cannot eliminate the gravitational forces that produce the loose skin. A non invasive surgery alternative to a facelift, brow lift would be plasma fibroblast for skin tightening and rejuvenation.
Chemical skin peeling does not remove deep scars, sags, bulges and severe wrinkles.
Chemical peels treat fine lines, wrinkles, sun damage, pore size, acne, pigmentation, and more. Chemical Peels Treats Acne. Minimizes Pores. Erases Fine Lines and Wrinkles. Fades Discoloration. Lifts Skin. Soothes Scarring. Balances Texture. Smooths Skin.
Perfect peel for on the go, during your lunch break. No one will know you had a peel done.
This is a light superficial peel to give you that instant glow, soften fine lines and wrinkles. There is no down time.
Acne, Brightening, Anti-aging, Sensitive Peel.
These peels are a light-mid depth medical grade peel. Safe for all skin tones.
This is perfect to do before an event, giving you a glow.
Helps to dry out active acne, lighten acne marks. This peel will balance skin tone, help reduce the appearance of fine lines and pore size.
Possible shedding or flaking may occur but not typical. SPF is a must.
There is no downtime.
Great skin is only a peel away in 7 days!
This is a medium depth peel.
With this peel, you can expect to have more dramatic peeling away of old damaged skin. Perfect for all skin tones, those that have acne marks, sun damage spots, large pores, uneven skin tone, fine lines.
Homecare kit is included with this peel.
Please note there is a week of downtime.
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