Skin peels of varying descriptions have been used for thousands of years. According to historical accounts, ancient civilizations used masks composed of sour milk or wine residues to improve their appearance. Today, we may not use milk or wine, but chemical peels remain a proven method to help regain the smooth, healthy complexion you desire.
Chemical peels can be used to treat wrinkles, sunspots, and facial scarring. Peels may also remove pre - cancerous skin growths, soften acne facial scars and even control acne. Peels are most commonly performed on the face and neck, although the chest, hands, arms, and legs can also be treated depending on the type of peel that is used.
By varying the amount of chemical applied, you can get different depths of peel while using the same chemical agent. A superficial peel addresses only the outer layers of skin, and results in a healthy glow that lasts for several weeks. Repeat peels are necessary to maintain results. A superficial peel, such as, VI Peel utilizes lower concentration of peeling agents such as alpha hydroxy acids, salicylic acid, trichloroacetic acid, retinoids, and vitamin C. A medium peel results in the deeper penetration and regeneration of collagen, the protein that is a major component in the body's connective tissue. Medium depth peels can be achieved with a variety of chemicals. TCA peel (trichloroacetic acid) is the most common. Jessner's solution, glycolic acid, salicylic acid, and other agents are also used.
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RISK AND LIMITATIONS
Significant complications with chemical peels are infrequent, but potential complications include:
Temporary or permanent changes in skin or uneven tone (especially with Phenol peels). These include: Hyperpigmentation (a darkening of the skin, treatable in most cases with current bleaching techniques) and Hypopigmentation (a lightening of the skin, more difficult to treat)
Cold sore breakouts in patients who have a history of recurring blisters and cold sores, like herpes and shingles. (An anti - viral medication before and after the procedure can help to prevent this).
Risks for those with a family history of heart disease (Phenol peel only).
IMPORTANT CONTRAINDICATIONS OF CHEMICAL PEELS
You should not have a chemical peel if you:
Continue to have excessive sun exposure
Have active Herpes Simplex, Warts, history of Keloidal scarring
Underwent any type of recent facial surgical procedures
Used Accutane in the last year (which increases your chances of excessive scarring) or on an active high dose B5 supplement
Pregnant or Lactating
Have any auto immune diseases
Have had any recent radioactive or Chemotherapy treatments
Have sunburn, windburn or broken skin or have recently waxed or have recently used a depilatory such as Nair® or use Vaniqua®.
The Perfect Derma Peel
This is a medium depth peel that is ideal for all skin types and ethnicities. The Perfect Derma peel is combination of Trichloracetic Acid (TCA), Phenol, Salicylic Acids, vitamin C and Retinoic Acid, Kojic Acid and Glutathione and is known as one-stop shop for the your skin imperfections. Most importantly, The Perfect Derma Peel is the only peel that contains Glutathione which has the ability to defy the aging process. Penetrating deep into the cellular level of the skin the anti-oxidant Glutathione neutralizes the harmful effects of free radicals and actually slows down the aging process and premature wrinkling.
Glutathione is also proven to reverse the melanin’s metabolism, turning dark pigmentations into light pigmentation. TCA, Phenol and Retinoic Acid reduce wrinkles and pigmentation. Kojic Acid is a powerful lightening agent as well and proven to increase collagen and elastin production, resulting in brighter and tighter skin. Salicylic Acid helps to exfoliate the skin and reduce inflammation.
The Perfect Peel works from the inside to repair and nourish the skin by giving it a radiant glow, refining pores, improving skin hyperpigmentations, lifting melasma, controlling acne and preventing acne marks. Just after one treatment, you can expect to see visible changes in the skin color, texture and tone. After three treatments, a reduction in hyperpigmentation, sun damage, and melasma can be seen. The Perfect Derma Peel treatment takes less than 15 minutes and is virtually pain free. In some cases a microdermabrasion performed before applications to amplify the results of peel. Downtime with peeling starts on day three and generally finished by day six. The active ingredients within this peel allow excellent results to not only the face but the neck, chest, and arms, as well.
VI PEEL OR GLOW, "NO DOWNTIME" PEEL
VI Glow Peel - "Lunchtime Peel" uses a unique blend of active cosmoceutical ingredients (Trichloroacetic Acid 7% , Salicylic Acid 2% and Retinoid Acid 8%) , creating one of the safest 15 minute "minimal downtime" medical peels designed to improve and smooth the texture of the facial skin by removing its damaged outer layers. It is helpful for those individuals with facial blemishes, wrinkles and uneven skin pigmentation. The peel is incredibly effective in removing sunspots from the hands and chest and eliminating the wrinkles associated with sun damage on the décolletage. The peel may be repeated as often as every two weeks, if necessary, for damaged skin. For average skin we recommend to repeat the peel once every three months to repair damaged skin and prevent the underlying ageing of the skin.
After a peel, the skin will have slightly tan to red appearance. Over the next two days the skin will feel slightly tighter and look tanned. Pigmented spots and freckles may become darker. At the end of day three the patient will begin to peel. The skin peeling in most cases is a light fluffy peel. The first signs of peeling will be noted in the most sensitive areas around the mouth and corner of the eyes. Use of the Vi Derm™ moisturizer will help patients to continue with their usual daily routine. In some cases, the peel is virtually invisible and generally finished by day six or seven with substantial results.
Jessner's Peel is a light to medium strength peel which consists of resorcinol, lactic acid and salicylic acid. These agents penetrate deeper into the epidermal layers of the skin and result in greater exfoliation of the outer skin layers. It is suitable for all skin types. Jessner's peels can improve upon such skin problems as brown discoloration and blemishes, acne, fine wrinkles, and sun damaged and weathered skin. However, because they are gentler, you will need several treatments in order to achieve the best results.
The application of the Jessner's solution will produce slight burning sensation. This uncomfortable sensation can be relieved by a fan blowing cool air on treated area. Several layers may need to be applied to develop a "frosting" that will dissipate within a few hours. Most patients are able to return to their normal activities soon after receiving treatment. Your skin will develop a red sunburn appearance two to three days after the application. Facial peeling occurs approximately three to four days following the application. This procedure has a short recovery time of about seven to ten days.
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TCA (Trichloroacetic Acid) Peels are highly effective medium chemical peels. They promote skin smoothness and vitality by improving superficial discoloration, skin tone, texture and eliminating fine wrinkles. A medium chemical peel may improve blotches and can sometimes improve dark circles under your eyes. TCA may be used on the neck as well as other areas of the body such as the hands, forearms, and chest. They may be performed safely on people with olive and light brown skin. The peels may be repeated every three to six months for optimal results. To prepare your skin you will be placed on skin care regiment. Skin preparation may be achieved by applying retin - A, glycolic acid, and bleaching agents (Kojic acid or 4% hydroquinone) daily for four to six weeks. This will make the peel more effective as well as lessens the pigment and fades a tan by prohibiting melanin production and skin cell turn over. TCA peels may be performed in patients who do not prepare their skin. These patients must understand that the results may not be optimal, recovery may be longer, and risk of discoloration is greater.
The procedure takes under an hour. There is some burning upon application and minimal discomfort immediately after the procedure. You will physically be able to return to work immediately, but your appearance may preclude this. For one week after the procedure you will have some swelling and crusting. After five to six days, your skin will begin to peel. Most are able to comfortably return to public within seven days. At the end of one week, the bright red color has faded to pink and has the appearance of sunburn. You should resume skin care within two weeks of your procedure. Your flushed appearance will fade slowly over several weeks. During the time of peeling and healing, you will be required to keep your facial skin moist with Aquaphor Ointment or Vaseline at all times. After you are healed, sunscreen use is very important because you are initially much more sensitive to the harmful UV radiation.