Our chemical peels involve applying an all natural chemical solution to the surface of the skin with a cotton applicator. The process removes or “peels” the outer layer of skin away and thoroughly cleans the pore of dry dead skin cells. The results reveal skin which appears smoother with smaller pores, more evenly pigmented, and vibrant with a natural youthful glow.
There are different grades of chemical peels. Each type works differently, and produces different results. Dr. Balshi may choose to perform a light or medium depth peel. The type of chemical peel may be tailored to the individual’s treatment needs or the patient’s skin type. Generally, the stronger the chemical, the deeper the peel, and the more impressive and dramatic the results. However, the deeper the peel, the longer the recovery time will be.
Light peels: “Lunch Time Peels”
AHA’s (Alphahydroxy acids), BHA’s (Betahydroxy acids) Light peels are the mildest of the chemical peels and include glycolic, fruit acid peels (AHA) or Salicylic Acid (BHA). The chemicals dissolve away only the superficial outer layers of the skin to smooth out fine lines and improve the texture of sun-damaged, dry rough skin and balance out skin pigmentation. AHA and Beta peels are often repeated in a series of 4-8 sessions to achieve the desired results.
The application of AHA and Beta peels are relatively fast and simple. These peels are performed in Dr. Balshi’s office. No pain medication is required, since the patient typically only experiences a slight stinging when the chemical is applied. The treatment usually takes about 10 to 15 minutes, but Dr. Balshi may vary the strength or depth of the peel or the length of time of the treatment. After waiting up to 10 minutes the patient will rinse the face, neck or hands with cool water and pat dry. No ointments are necessary but post-procedural salves and sun block are recommended. Monthly or weekly repetition is common.
Medium peels: TCA (Trichloroacetic acids)
A TCA solution is generally used to treat skin with moderate to severe sun damage, surface wrinkles, and dyschromia (uneven tone or pigment abnormalities). Full-face TCA peels take approximately 15 minutes.
Before the chemical solution is applied, the skin will be thoroughly cleansed. A sedative or pain medication will be offered to the patient, but TCA peels often do not require anesthesia because the solution itself has a numbing effect on the skin. The patient may feel a warm or burning sensation, followed by stinging lasting 4-5 minutes. After a TCA peel there will be an application of petroleum jelly to the skin and patients are instructed to avoid sunlight for a few days. Over the course of one week the entire epidermis (top layer of skin) peels off like a bad sunburn would. Sometimes two or more TCA peels, at intervals of one to two months, are necessary to achieve the desired results.