Aging is a fact of life. Looking your age is not.
Chemical peels have been around for decades – and for good reason! They work. In this treatment, an acid solution is applied to the face in order to safely and effectively remove the first, “damaged” layer of the skin. The chemical solution is intended to slough off the outermost layer of the skin to reveal fresher, brighter, more even-toned skin. A chemical peel targets pigmentation, blemishes, acne scars and more.
Chemical peels should only be administered under the care of a highly trained professional given the varying strengths of the peels available. At Aesthetica, after a thorough consultation, our professionals will recommend which chemical peel is appropriate for you based on your skin type and aesthetic goals. We offer gentle peels for individuals seeking skin rejuvenation with little downtime and more aggressive peels for those seeking dramatic results. Chemical peels are typically performed in a series; however results can be seen after only one treatment.
How it Works
The face goes through a phase of natural exfoliation. However, exposure to everyday stress and harmful toxins in the environment could result in rapid dirt build up. At this point, the body’s natural healing process can’t keep up with the skin damage.
Chemical peels aid the body’s natural exfoliation process by using beneficial chemicals such as lactic, salicylic, glycolic, and retinoic acids to slough off dead matter. This reveals young, smooth, and vibrant skin underneath.
Our Doctors Say...
Chemical peels can be highly potent and with that comes responsibility. Your medical provider should work with you one-on-one to determine how to adjust a peel accordingly to combat your skin challenge. We always like to over-educate our clients on what to expect post-peel day 1, day 2 and so on.
Before & After
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, chemical peels are safe when performed by a qualified practitioner. It's important t0 meet with your dermatologist for a consultation before you get a chemical peel. Ask about their training in chemical peels and how often they do these treatments. You want to feel confident about the person you're entrusting with your skin.
Absolutely! Did you know that chemical peels have been used since ancient times? It is said that Cleopatra applied sour milk containing lactic acid to her skin making her among the first to appreciate the benefits of chemical peels! And they still work pretty much the same way.
We add chemical solutions (such as salicylic acid, carbolic acid, or glycolic acid) to the skin, which damages the top layer(s) causing them to peel off. Underneath the peeled-away skin is a new and smoother skin layer!
A light chemical peel or glycolic peel will last 1 to 2 months. About 4 to 6 monthly treatments work well to maintain fine wrinkles, discoloration and photo damage, and once this series is over, maintenance or "lunchtime" peels can be scheduled as needed.
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