Chemical Peels

Chemical peels remove damaged outer layers of skin to make skin smoother, reduce scarring, fine lines, and remove blemishes. Ranging from mild to strong, there are three types of chemical peels: alphahydroxy acid (AHA), trichloroacetic acid (TCA) and phenol. We use Vi Peels.  This is one of the most popular peels world-wide.  There are several different types to address your main concerns, such as fine lines and hyperpigmentation.  Peels can be combined with other procedures, such as neurotoxins, for additional improvement to skin.

Chemical peels are performed by a medical professional.  Anesthesia is not required because TCA and phenol have anesthetic properties, and AHA produces only a slight stinging.

Chemical Peel Procedure

During a peel, the skin is cleansed and the solution is applied, which may cause a brief stinging sensation.  You will be sent home with several creams, cleansers, and towelettes with detailed instructions for use.  Peeling usually begins on the 2nd or 3rd day.  The majority of peeling is on days 3 to 5, but plan to peel through day 7.

Side Effects of Chemical Peels

Peels can cause temporary stinging, redness and irritation, itching, as well as flaking or crusting. After a chemical peel, it is essential that the skin be protected from the sun.  Vi peels are usually very well tolerated.  Taking an antihistamine prior to the procedure will reduce itching.  You must avoid exercise and excessive heat during the peeling process.

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