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Medical Facials & Peels

Sullivan Dermatology is your destination for healthy and glowing skin. Like routine maintenance on nearly everything we own, our complexions also crave consistent care and upkeep. We meet this need through customized medical facials and chemical peels. During your skin care consultation, we will assess your individual skin's needs, strengths, and weaknesses and develop a treatment plan to improve texture, tone, and glow. Request a consultation for your skin care treatment plan today.

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Facials and Peels

ideal if you have:

Mature skin with visible signs of aging such as wrinkles, dehydration, and loss of texture.

HOW IT WORKS:

This revitalizing treatment works by stimulating aging skin in three vital areas critical to a more youthful appearance: hydration, tone and texture.

RESULTS INCLUDE:

A more even skin tone, smoother, more healthy-looking skin, and firmer texture. The moisture and nutrients delivered to skin throughout the treatment aid in the prevention of future signs of aging.

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:

  • Superficial 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. 
  • Medium Peels

    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.
  • Deep Peels

    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.
RESULTS INCLUDE:

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. 

ideal if you have:

Mild amounts of acne or are experiencing congested pores and unbalanced oil production.

HOW IT WORKS:

This facial combines exfoliation—which removes dead skin cells on the outermost layers of the face—with a calming mask treatment that deeply cleanses and soothes pores, then gently helps reduce oil levels.

RESULTS INCLUDE:

Skin looks healthier, more youthful, and clearer. Pores appear less visible after a deep cleansing, and a new layer of skin cells receives necessary hydration to keep future levels balanced and less prone to breakouts.

ideal if you have:

A visible amount of fine vellus hair (commonly known as peach fuzz) around the face.

HOW IT WORKS:

Using a very sharp, very fine blade, Dermaplaning safely and simply removes the very top layer of dead skin cells, in addition to peach fuzz and any other facial hair. This eliminates a common source of dirt and oils.

RESULTS INCLUDE:

Skin feels and looks healthier, more youthful, and is less prone to oil build-up or cakey-looking makeup. 

ideal if you have:

Photo-damaged skin with visible hyperpigmentation and uneven variations in skin tone.

HOW IT WORKS:

A high-performance brightening mask rich in anti-inflammatory agents is applied to target pigmentation, followed by a powerful peeling acid solution that works to accelerate the renewal process of new skin cells.

RESULTS INCLUDE:

Variations in skin tone are diminished, revealing smoother, brighter-looking skin.