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Why have a chemical peel?

If your skin is blemished from sun damage, or acne scarring then a chemical peel may be a good remedy for removing the blemishes. Clinical signs of photoaging of the skin include rhytids (wrinkles around the eyes), lentigines (pigmented spots), keratoses, telangiectasia (broken blood vessels), loss of translucency, loss of elasticity, and a sallow color. A consultation with your dermatologist will help determine what kind of peel is best for you, and whether it could be a single treatment or a series of treatments performed over several months.

Chemical peels can effectively improve a wide variety of skin conditions including:

  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Uneven pigmentation
  • Shallow acne scars
  • Sun-damaged skin
  • Age spots
  • Freckling

What is a "chemical peel"?

Chemical skin peeling is an established technique for improving or erasing wrinkles, keratoses and areas of increased pigmentation, including freckles, “age or liver spots”, etc. This technique was developed in 1903 by Dr. George Miller McKee - the founder of the practice of Sheard & Drugge.

A chemical peel is the application of an acid to the skin, usually on the face, although any area may be treated. This removes the superficial, damaged layers to reveal new, undamaged skin. The depth of the peel depends on the formulation and the concentration of the acid used. As the procedure has developed, the formulations have greatly improved to allow for a much wider range of desired results - and more comfort and satisfaction for the patient.

What will the immediate results be?

This would depend on the type and strength of the peel done. A mild peel may produce little immediately discernible effects - the effect is more noticeable once the skin layers treated by the acid have sloughed off, usually in a few days. A deeper, more concentrated peel may produce redness that lasts for a couple of weeks, this will gradually fade to reveal the fresh, undamaged skin. A strong, one-step peel can result in what appears to be a second degree burn - intense redness, some blistering. This can last for up to a month or so, until the new layers come up - these strong peels have the worst short-term effects, but produce the best long-term results for badly blemished skin.

Preparation, the Procedure and After-care

Your dermatologist may instruct you to prepare your skin in the week or two prior to the peel by using certain skin products. These preparations help to remove dead skin cells which improves the efficiency of the peel. The peel itself is performed as a normal office visit in which the doctor will clean the skin with alcohol, apply the peel and then, depending on the peel used, either water or a special neutralizing agent. You may experience some mild burning and stinging as the peel works into the skin layers, but this is usually very short lived (a few minutes). After care will depend on the strength of the peel, but is usually very simple and straightforward - however, we don't recommend the use of makeup for a little while, especially for stronger peels. Therefore you need to be prepared to go around looking a little "rough" for a while if you have a stronger peel performed. Your dermatologist can help you decide if a series of milder peels, or one strong peel is better for your individual needs.

What is the price?

The cost of the chemical peel is $90 USD.