What is a chemical peel?
A chemical peel uses a chemical solution to smooth the texture of skin by removing damaged layers. It can help improve acne, acne scars, sun-damaged skin, age spots, rough patches and fine lines and wrinkles.
Chemical Peels are a common method for refreshing the skin. Our chemical peels are performed or supervised by Dr. Atkins at Physicians Aesthetics. Many times this is a great way to address uneven skin pigmentation, acne scars (mild), fine lines and wrinkles, solar damage and large pores.
As skin represents our body’s largest organ, it is live tissue that should be treated with care. During a chemical peel, one should know if the patient desires a superficial chemical that will allow them to glow that weekend or one that is much deeper and the goal is to remove deep lines. While many times we prefer a combination of chemical peels and laser resurfacing, the patient must be educated on the downtime necessary for a good outcome.
About Chemical Peels
Superficial chemical peels should result in some redness with or without mild flaking.
Medium depth chemical peels can result in prolonged redness with or without some blistering and skin sloughing.
Deep peels usually require that the patient has some pain control. Dressings must be placed on the skin afterwards to allow skin rejuvenation. A physician should only perform these. Not all deep “peeling” of damaged skin is appropriate or desired by many patients. This is where the art of cosmetic and laser surgery with chemicals come into play.
There is no reason for allowing anyone to treat your skin without appropriate training and expertise. You will feel very comfortable knowing that we have performed thousands of chemical peels with a high patient satisfaction record.
We offer packages that combine superficial and intermediate chemical peel techniques in combination with our SilkPeel® microdermabrasion chemical infusion system. These lighter, superficial peels serve to freshen the skin and lesson the pore size, leaving the skin freshened and rejuvenated.
What type of chemical peels are available?
Glycolic acid peel: Our specially formulated Glycolic peel safely removes the outer layer of dead skin cells on your skin, bringing fresh, new skin to the surface. This is beneficial for those who are looking for products that help with anti-aging. Glycolic acid can also help lighten discoloration of the skin, such as sun spots, age spots, and help those with acne-prone and blackhead-prone skin.
PCA ultra peel: Specially formulated to treat maturing skin, Ultra Peel I is also appropriate for many other skin types, conditions and sensitivities. It will help improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, while promoting an even skin tone and clear complexion.
PCA peel Hydroquinone free: This enhanced Jessner’s solution is ideal for more sensitive skin types, ethnic skin or those allergic to or sensitive to hydroquinone. This treatment will help to rejuvenate and improve the appearance of breakout-prone skin, while also promoting an even, bright skin tone.
PCA peel with Hydroquinone: This enhanced Jessner’s formula is for those who want an even skin tone and have no sensitivity to hydroquinone. In addition, this peel helps promote an even skin tone and a clear complexion.
PCA peel with Hydroquinone and resorcinol: The most potent of our enhanced Jessner’s formulas. This peel will even skin tone and provide more exfoliation for oilier, thicker and more resilient skin types. Furthermore, it is extremely effective on sun-damaged and thickened skin. It is also excellent for those with active or cystic acne and asphyxiated skin. In other words, if your skin is dry on the surface, oily underneath, or those who require deeper treatment.
Apply an SPF daily to protect your investment.
At the time of your consultation, Dr. Atkins will personally review if chemical peels would be best for you.
In conclusion, after any chemical peel or laser treatment, your post care should be sun avoidance and an SPF daily to protect your skin.