What are chemical peels, and do I need one? The chemical peel is one of the oldest cosmetic procedures in the world, and was performed in ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome to help people achieve smoother, more beautiful skin. Today chemical facial peels are popular because they offer nearly immediate results without surgery, and with very little down time. If you want to reduce or eliminate the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, acne scarring, and uneven pigmentation; or if you simply want to rejuvenate your skin, a chemical peel may be for you. It is a treatment in which an acid solution is used to remove the damaged outer layers of the skin, and to stimulate collagen growth.
I am offering several types of pharmaceutical grade chemical peels, in different strengths, obtained from Plastic surgeons, and skin care specialists. As a licensed medical assistant in Arizona, I’ve administered many peels as part of my job.
Glycolic Acid is the most versatile and easily absorbed of the Alpha hydroxy Acids. It is commonly referred to as the Lunch Time Peel, as it has virtually no down time. Glycolic Acid is derived from sugar cane and works by loosening up the outer layer and exfoliating the superficial top layer. It was developed through scientific research and found to be extremely effective in the treatment of acne, fine lines, wrinkles, and changes in skin pigmentation.
Trichloroacetic Acid (TCA) is used as a medium depth peeling agent in concentrations ranging from 15-50% to repair sun damaged skin, and to minimize fine lines, lip creases, and forehead lines. It also improves acne scarring, liver spots, and may remove tattoo’s with repeated treatments. TCA peels may also be used on other parts of the body, such as hands, or neck.
Please note that skin should be pre-treated* before all peels, and a skin test will be performed 24 hours in advance.
Please contact me if you have any additional questions.
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