What are Chemical Peels?
Chemical peels are an exfoliating treatment that reduces the appearance of uneven skin tone, scars and acne scarring, acne outbreaks, sun damage, fine lines, wrinkles and other textural issues. We currently offer the Beta Lift Peel, Vitalize Peel, VIPeel and salicylic acid peel.
How does it work?
Chemical peels use carefully tailored chemical solutions to exfoliate the skin, causing it to peel away revealing smoother, more even skin. Chemical peels are differentiated by their ingredients, concentration and how long they are left on the skin. They may be used on the face, neck, hands or other areas of the body.
What kind of results can I expect?
Dr. Cox will work with you to determine which chemical peel will produce the best results for your unique skin type, concerns and goals. Different chemical peels produce different results. We currently offer the Beta Lift Peel, Vitalize Peel, VIPeel and modified Jessner’s Peel. You can expect to see an improvement in:
- Fine lines and crepiness
- Uneven skin tone
- Dull complexion
- Sun damage
- Acne outbreaks
- Acne scars
- Other scars
How long will the results last? How many treatments are necessary?
Chemical peels accelerate natural turnover of skin cells, but eventually the new cells age. The time it takes to age the new cells depends on the individual, and the peel that is used. Results typically last several months. Additional improvement can be had with a series of treatments or ongoing treatment. We will create an individualized treatment plan for you during your initial consultation.
What can I expect during the procedure?
Chemical peels are performed by a trained Aesthetician under the medical direction of Dr. Cox. You will recline comfortably as your Aesthetician cleanses your skin and then applies the chemical solution to your treatment areas. Patients may experience a mild tingling or stinging sensation while the chemical solution takes effect. Dr. Cox offers the Beta Lift Peel, Vitalize Peel, VIPeel and modified Jessner’s Peel in our office because she feels they provide the best balance of efficacy and comfort.
How long does recovery take?
The healing process differs with each specific chemical peel treatment. In general, your skin may appear pink and tender after treatment. Patients compare this feeling to a sunburn. Several days after treatment, the dead skin will begin to peel, revealing noticeably smoother, more radiant skin. Skin conditions during the peeling process may include mild swelling and redness, mild crusting and finally peeling. Your Aesthetician will provide you with detailed post-care instructions regarding use of skin care products. It is important to follow this post-care plan exactly as instructed to prevent complications and achieve the best results. We also recommend drinking lots of water and avoiding sun exposure.
Is it safe?
When performed by a trained Aesthetician, chemical peels are a very safe procedure. According to the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, chemical peels are the fourth most popular cosmetic procedure in America, and have been performed medically for more than 50 years.
Who is a good candidate?
Good candidates are those seeking a reduction of textural issues. Chemical peels can treat a range of skin types, but those with fairer skin often benefit most. Darker skin types can benefit, but are at higher risk of developing hyper-pigmentation following treatment. If you have darker skin, make sure to seek a provider experienced with skin of color. As with any treatment, good candidates are those who understand the procedure and have realistic expectations for results of the treatment.
Why come to Aesthetic Solutions for treatment?
Our chemical peels treatments are performed by board certified Cosmetologist Kim Forster, board certified Aesthetician Jamie Westermann, and board certified Emily Dionne. All are experts in the procedure. They are supervised by Dr. Sue Ellen Cox, a leader in the field of aesthetic medicine. Call us today at (919) 338 5007 to arrange a consultation.