ideal if you have:
Acne, brown spots, fine lines, melisma, sun damage and/or wrinkles.
HOW IT WORKS:
Dr. Sullivan and his team tailor chemical peels to specific parts of the body, such as face, neck, chest, back, arms, and legs. A chemical peel is a method where a solution of acid is applied to the skin, which causes it to exfoliate and eventually peel off. New regenerated skin grows in its place, reducing the appearance of lines and pigmentation. When considering peels of non-facial areas, it's important to realize that these areas do not heal as well as the face, and the desired results are not as predictable. It is important to note that you should never peel more than a small percentage of the body at one time in order to avoid any chance of potential toxicity. There are three basic types of chemical peels:
In this type of peel, alpha-hydroxy acid or another mild acid is applied topenetrate the outer layer of skin only. The resulting peel is mild and causes gentle exfoliation. This treatment can improve the appearance of skin discoloration and irregularly textured, rough skin.
Either glycolic or trichloroacetic acid (TCA) is applied to penetrate the outer and middle layers of the skin. This type of peel penetrates the dermal layer of the skin. In addition to improving brown spots, it can reduce fine lines and wrinkles. Medium depth peels can be used to treat some precancerous skin growths, i.e. actinic keratosis.
Trichloroacetic acid (TCA) or phenol is applied to deeply penetrate the skin. This type of peel penetrates deep into the dermal layer of skin to remove damaged skin cells. The treatment removes moderate lines and shallow scars. This peel is generally used only on the face.
Superficial chemicals peels cause mild stinging that lasts for only a few minutes. On the day of the peel there is generally some redness. Depending on the peel and the individual’s sensitivity there may be several days of light peeling which may require up to seven days of healing. Mild emollients should be applied until the skin heals, followed by daily use of sunscreen. Makeup can usually be worn the next day.
Medium to deep peels can result in more significant peeling that may require time away from work or school. The doctor may also prescribe medicines for pain relief during the peeling process. Medium peels require 7 to 10 days to heal. Treated skin will initially be red and swollen but then crusts and peels off. Ointment such as Vaseline or Aquaphor is applied daily. Makeup may be worn within approximately a week. As old layers of skin are removed and new layers emerge, you’ll notice improved texture, clearer skin, and a more radiant complexion and tone.