treatmentsSkin Resurfacing & Peels

Chemical Peels

All chemical peels involve applying a chemical solution to remove the outer layers of skin so that a smoother, more evenly pigmented, glowing layer of skin can appear. These chemicals change the composition of the skin, essentially delivering a very controlled type of superficial tissue destruction.


A chemical peel can restore a more youthful appearance to wrinkled, unevenly pigmented, sun-damaged, or blotchy skin.


There are three basic categories of chemical peels. Each type works differently, and produces different results.


Light peels: Alphahydroxy acids (AHAs), Betahydroxy acids (BHAs)

Light or "lunch hour" peels are the mildest of the chemical peels. These peels include glycolic, lactic, and fruit acid peels (AHA) or Salicylic Acid (BHA). They aim to remove only the outer layers of the skin to smooth out fine wrinkles and/or rough, dry skin, or to improve the texture of sun-damaged skin, balance out skin pigmentation, or diminish some types of acne scars. These peels are often repeated to achieve the desired results.


The application of AHA and Beta lift peels is relatively fast and simple. The procedure is quite comfortable and you are only likely to experience a slight stinging when the solution is applied. The treatment usually takes about 10 to 15 minutes. AHA peels generally cause some flaking, redness and dryness, or skin irritation which diminishes over time. Once the body heals itself naturally, the outer layer of skin will fall away. You will be able to engage in normal activities the day after an AHA peel.


Medium peels: Trichloroacetic acids (TCA)

A TCA solution is used for medium depth peels. This is generally used to treat skin with moderate sun damage, surface wrinkles, and/or uneven tone or pigment abnormalities.


A full-face TCA peel takes approximately 15 minutes. The solution used for this type of peel has a numbing effect on the skin. At first, you may feel a warm or burning sensation, followed by stinging. Sometimes two or more TCA peel treatments, at intervals of one to two months, are necessary to achieve the desired results. After TCA peels, some patients also have outbreaks of small white-heads, which are formed in obstructed facial glands. These are usually transient and disappear with washing.


After any peel, it is critically important that the skin be protected from the sun.

Skin Resurfacing & Peels