It is not uncommon to turn on the TV and see celebrities or characters at a spa with their faces covered in some kind of cream and cucumber slices cover their eyes. We find it comical because it is similar to a clown, but you might be surprised that such facial peels, or chemical peels, are quite helpful in the field of dermatology.
Maybe it is not a surprise because chemical peels have been used in some form for over thousands of years. Cleopatra was known to take baths in milk to maintain her youthful looks. The lactic acid in the milk is a big help in chemical peels. Knowing this, perhaps this explains why, according to Reader’s Digest, the number of chemical peels administered went up 25% in 2015 from 2014’s numbers. The numbers continue to increase as we move into 2017. But why are chemical peels seeing a resurgence today?
At Not Just Faces Medical Aesthetics, we provide chemical peels as an efficient way for our patients’ dermatological needs. Compared to other treatments, chemical peels are low-tech, tried and true, and are not as intimidating as laser treatments. Additionally, these peels can address the same issues as lasers such as fine lines, wrinkles from sun damage or aging, and pigmentation conditions. A chemical peel is designed to remove layers of skin which help your skin become smoother and healthier. Peels can be applied to the face, neck, and hands.
The process is relatively straightforward. No pretreatment is needed for this multi-stage procedure. Sessions normally last 30 – 45 minutes. When the peel is removed, usually a stinging sensation remains for a brief period. If the patient chooses, an anti-inflammatory solution can be applied like Vaseline or Aquaphor.
Types of Chemical Peels
At our offices, we provide two types of chemical peels for our clients. The first is Regenique which is used to target wrinkles and skin texture. It increases hydration, reduces hyperpigmentation, improves acne and scarring while minimizing edema from any surgical procedures. Additionally, patients considering Botox or other injectables often use Regenique leading up to the injections. This particular chemical peel helps the skin retain the material more efficiently, and for longer periods of time.
The second chemical peel we have at our disposal is the IMAGE I PEEL lightening lift. Typically, this peel is used to reduce pigmentation and redness caused by Rosacea. This peel also contains many natural ingredients such as aloe vera, bearberry, green tea, chamomile, and lactic acid.
If you wish to learn more about our chemical peels or any other services we provide, please contact Not Just Faces Medical Aesthetics to set up an initial consultation. We can help you reveal youthful skin waiting just beneath the surface.