There are different types of peels available through Dr. Shah’s office for most skin types to help rejuvenate your skin to a healthier look and feel.
Please, click on any of the colors in the Peel Wheel to find out which peel is right for you. Our skilled aestheticians are here to assist you should have any further questions.
What is a chemical peel?
Chemical peels are concentrated acidic solutions that exfoliate the outer layer of your skin, exposing the softer and smoother skin underneath. They are necessary treatments, but they do give you results faster than, say, using a light alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) serum every night. Some of the more common chemical peels include glycolic acid, lactic acid, and TCA peels (or trichloroacetic acid), ranging from 10% to 75% strength peels. Which percentage is right for you depends on what your doctor recommends, how your skin responds, what skin issues you are trying to treat, and whether you have gotten chemical peels before.
Over time our skin can begin to acquire fine lines, freckles, and larger pore sizes. Chemical peels provide a convenient option for improving your skin’s quality with essentially no down time. In the field of plastic surgery, skin peels are considered in the category of medical skincare and non-invasive procedures. Peels, which are performed by our licensed aesthetician rather than Dr. Shah, are quite effective for rejuvenating the skin.
Chemical peels are a deeper form of skincare treatment that penetrates the superficial layers of skin allowing healthier skin to appear.
Peels are used to treat:
- Reduce acne and unclog pores
- Acne scarring
- Reducing fine lines around the eyes and mouth,
- Decreasing discoloration and hyperpigmentation including sun spots and freckles
- Improve skin’s texture and tone
- Sun spots
- Age spots
A chemical peel, also called chemexfoliation or derma peeling, is one of the least invasive ways to improve the appearance of your skin. Although chemical peels are used mostly on the face, they can also be used to improve the skin on your neck and hands. Chemical peeling is a technique used to improve the appearance of the skin. The new skin is also more even in color. Thousands of chemical peels are performed each year.
Surgeons have used various peeling agents for the last 100 years.
Superficial, medium, or deep chemical peels may be used to improve damaged skin. As a rule, the deeper the peel, the longer the recovery time.
Areas which can be treated
Chemical peels are routinely used in the following areas:
- Arms and Legs
Chemical peeling will not remove deep, punched out scars effectively. Chemical peels cannot change pore size. Nor can they usually improve blood vessels on the face, but what it can do is cause the skin to rejuvenate itself through a natural healing process.
The end results of chemical peels are fantastic and when combined with laser collagen rejuvenation and microdermabrasion the results are very noticeable and stunning.
The Green Peel is an herbal ‘peeling’ treatment that was medically developed to help with the regeneration of skin. This all-natural herbal peel helps stimulate blood circulation in the skin, intensifying metabolism and sparks the skin’s regeneration of new skin cells and collagen fibers, causing the upper layers of skin to peel away. Natural therapeutic ingredients, as well as powerful plant extracts, bring back the vitality and moisturizing ability of the skin giving you a brighter, fresher and more youthful complexion. There are three types of treatments to choose from.
For the “Green Peel Classic” treatment, one of our skilled aestheticians will thoroughly evaluate your skin. Afterwards, the Herbal Peel mixture will be intensively massaged into the skin to activate the peeling process. The full effect of this treatment takes about two to five days. In the meantime, skin care products will be given to you and further treatment can be continued at home. This treatment ends with our aesthetician performing a beauty treatment after five days and nourishes the receptive skin with valuable ingredients. Depending on the type of skin problem you were displaying, several treatments may be necessary. “The Green Peel Energy” treatment provides the natural energy for your skin it needs to help renew skin cells. The outer layer of dead skin is loosened as the mixture is massaged into the pores. Instead of peeling, however, regeneration of cells is stimulated to help reduce age-related appearances as well as scarring, pigmentation disorders and impurities.
“The Green Peel Fresh-Up” is more about revitalizing and stimulating the skin rather than peeling. Circulation is stimulated, opening up the pores and getting the skin to take full advantage from absorbing the ingredients in this treatment. Your skin will glow with a renewed freshness, reducing premature aging and loss of elasticity.
A Vitalize Peel is a superficial peel which can help a variety of skin care conditions including acne, hyperpigmetation, melasma and inflammation. The peel utilizes a variety of skin care ingredients including Salicylic Acid, Resorcinol, and Latic Acid with Retinol. The overall effect of the peel is to create improvement of the skin overall. We offer the top of the line exclusive peel line from SkinMedica. SkinMedica offers a comprehensive Peel System that consists of three different levels of chemical peels, to treat sun damage, fine lines and wrinkles, acne and acne scarring, hyperpigmentation and melasma. Let us help you find the one that is right for you for that flawless finish!
“The Vitalize Peel” is our most popular peel which exfoliates your dead skin resulting in less acne, less acne scarring, less brown spots and less sun damage. Two days after this peel is applied the skin starts to shed from the chin up to the forehead for a duration of about 2-3 days. If you want to peel during the weekend, we suggest receiving this peel on a Wednesday evening. “The Rejuvenize Peel” is the strongest of the five peels and is ideal for those who have already had other peels and are not tolerant to medical grade peels where individuals are now seeing less shedding of dead skin when other chemical peels are performed. This peel may result is some mild redness and an increase of skin peeling two days after this peel is applied. The duration usually lasts about 3-4 days.
LASER peels are adjustable to the degree of correction desired for patient’s skin care needs. Often times, multiple LASER treatments are used together to create more of an impact to the patient’s skin results. Today, you have a variety of options when it comes to rejuvenating your appearance. One of the pioneering techniques is laser resurfacing, which reduces facial wrinkles, scars and blemishes. Advanced laser technologies give Dr. Shah a new level of control in laser surfacing, permitting extreme precision, especially in delicate areas.
With the LASER Peel treatment, you will have smoother skin that will continue to improve for months. Laser resurfacing delivers heat to the skin which will remodel collagen for up to 6 months. Skin that is treated with laser resurfacing may react in different ways. But most of the time, it will feel like a mild sunburn. Usually, about five days to a week after laser skin resurfacing, your skin will become dry and peel.
Specific peels for acne have been created to help patients improve their overall skin clarity. There are three types to suit your needs.
For a light chemical peel, a light Alpha Hydroxy Acid serum, AHA, could be used. When applied, the AHA chemical peel works by removing the outer layer of skin, revealing a new, smooth layer underneath. The chemical solution helps stimulate the production of elastin and collagen, both essential components for healthy skin. In most cases, there is no recovery time from a light chemical peel. Guidelines will be given to help ensure the success of the peel and help see further improvements as the course of treatments progresses.
The tricholoracetic acid peel, or TCA, penetrates deeper than the AHA Peel. This chemical solution is customized to each patient and works by removing the dull and damaged outer layers of the skin. This is a popular treatment due to its “spot” treatment and can be completed in a matter of minutes. It is also an effective way to correct acne scars, work on uneven pigmentation, improve the texture and tone of the skin, smooth out lines and much more. Best results are seen after the patient completes a prescribed series of treatments, normally spaced between two to three months per treatment.
For an even deeper penetration, a phenol peel is used. Phenol chemical peels are an aggressive kind of treatment that is found to be an effective remedy for severe sun damage, coarse wrinkle, scars and even pre-cancerous growths. This peel is so powerful, only one treatment is needed and dramatic results will last for years. However, unlike the TCA and AHA peels, the recovery from a phenol peel can be lengthy and uncomfortable, typically with visible swelling. It is advised to allow for at least a week of at-home recovery after having a deep chemical peel.
To learn more about acne, please visit on our ‘Science of Acne’ page, located here.
Our Pigmentation Peel, or Melanage Peel, is a treatment tha t is designed to help those with issues with hyper or hypo pigmentation and who are looking to even out the look and texture of their skin.
Melasma is a brown discoloration on the skin that is often made worse due to hormonal changes from, for example, pregnancy or contraceptive pills and sun exposure. Our Melanage Peel is designed to get into where this pigment discoloration begins. The peel sits on the skin for a few hours and slowly works its way down into these deepest layers, safely. Once the peel is rinsed off the skin will begin to rapidly exfoliate and shed skin cells, along with the discoloration caused by the hyperpigmentation. Noticeable results occur after just one treatment and can be maintained with a simple at-home procedure. Soon, this treatment allows for improvement on the appearance of pigmented areas, lightening dark spots and shows off your improved texture and tone.