Chemical Peels Chicago
What is a Chemical Peel and am I a good candidate?
A Chemical Peel is an acid solution that is applied topically to the skin that will exfoliate dead skin cells, improve tone, texture and the rate of cell turnover. Some of the various chemical peels we use here include Jessner’s solution, TCA (trichloroacetic acid), Glycolic, Salicylic, Lactic and Mandelic acids. Peels can help treat a wide range of concerns and a series can be individually tailored to drastically improve the appearance of the skin. Our Doctors, Physician Assistants and estheticians all perform chemical peels. Your physician or skin care specialist will carefully select the proper strength and type of chemical peel to suit your individual skin care needs and skin color.
What are the benefits of Chemical Peels and how does it work?
Chemical Peels can make the skin appear tighter and more luminous. It is a beneficial treatment for many different skin conditions such as sun damaged skin and age spots, fine lines and wrinkles as well as acne. The solution will remain on the skin for a carefully determined amount of time. The peel will then be neutralized to rebalance the pH of your skin. A barrier repair cream and sunblock is applied following every chemical peel treatment. After about 5-7 days fresh, radiant skin is revealed.
How many treatments will I need?
Generally, it can take 4-8 treatments spaced about 2-4 weeks apart for best results, but patients often see a noticeable improvement after the first treatment. More stubborn skin conditions like acne and melasma, may require a long term maintenance regimen with alternating chemical peels with other therapies.
What type of results will I see?
Your skin will be smoother, tighter, more even toned and brighter following a series of chemical peels. Chemical peels also help to refine pores, and allows for makeup to sit smoothly on the new skin, making them a great option a couple weeks before an event.
Is there any downtime associated with this procedure?
There may be minimal downtime after a chemical peel. Some patients may experience some flushing directly after the peel, and then there may be flaking 1-4 days following the peel; however, some patients do not experience any downtime at all depending on what acid and strength is being used. A post peel cream and sunblock will be recommended to ensure proper hydration and protection of your new, healthy skin.
What other treatments can be combined with chemical peel?
Chemical peels work wonderfully in combination with a variety of other procedures. For patients working on acne, salicylic peels alternated with Dermasweep with acne infusion along with topical retinoid or oral therapy can result in drastic improvements in reducing inflammation and improving skin texture. Once active acne is improved, chemical peels alternated with Clear and Brilliant can help with textural concerns, post inflammatory pigmentation, and superficial scarring. For patients with melasma, TCA chemical peels alternated with Dermasweep with Hyperpigmentation or Red Carpet Ready infusions or Permea laser resurfacing which targets melanin can drastically improve results. For those working on general signs of aging like fine lines, wrinkles, large pores and a dull complexion, chemical peels alternated with Dermasweep Stem Cell, laser resurfacing, and Botox and Fillers can promote a more youthful complexion.
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