Are Chemical Peels Right For You?

When we are young, our skin renews itself very effectively. Skin cells are naturally regenerated every 21 to 28 days.  As we age, skin cell turnover slows to only every 40+ days which results in dull, tired-looking skin.  Chemical exfoliation in the form of peels dissolves dead, flaky skin cells, promoting collagen production and greater elasticity in new cells. Chemical peels are a category of advanced clinical skin treatments that reverse the effects of damaged skin due to aging, sun exposure and acne.  By sloughing off the dead skin cells with a chemical peel, a new glowing layer of skin is exposed making your skin appear younger and tighter.

Who are candidates for chemical peels?
Patients who have facial blemishes, fine lines and wrinkles, large pores, acne, and uneven skin pigmentation are candidates.  Optimal results are achieved with a series of treatments.

Are chemical peels safe?
Chemical peels are normally safe procedures when performed by a qualified, experienced physician. Each treatment has different side effects. Some patients may experience irritation, flaking and soreness while others experience stinging, redness, irritation and crusting after a chemical peel. Patients are advised to avoid sun exposure for several days or weeks depending on the strength of peel used.  It is important to protect your newly formed skin. Using sunscreen daily is an important follow-up practice.

Who should avoid chemical peels?
Patients with sensitive skin may be at a greater risk for post-treatment complications. Patients currently taking antibiotics, have active cold sores, are pregnant, or trying to become pregnant should not consider peels. Dr. Luz should be made aware of any allergies, as some allergies are contraindicated to chemical peels.

Are chemical peels painful?
This is dependent on how deep the peel is.  Light or superficial peels tend to be painless but can be uncomfortable, and you may experience a slight stinging sensation.  Medium peels tend to be more uncomfortable, and you may experience increased stinging sensation for a few minutes until the peel is neutralized.

Which chemical peel treatments do you offer?
There are several types of chemical peels available at Fountain of Youth MD. Each is unique and most effective in treating a particular condition.  Chemical peels can be superficial or deep, depending on concentrations and the level of treatment intensity.  Choosing the correct chemical peel is very important. After discussing your needs and preferences, Dr. Luz will analyze your skin to find the best match for you.

  • Jessner Peel Named after the German born Dermatologist Dr.Max Jessner, this is a light cosmetic peel that is suitable for all skin types.  The Jessner Peel is a combination of salicylic acid, lactic acid, and resorcinol that offers a deep penetration to thoroughly exfoliate the outer layers of skin. This peel stimulates the deeper dermis level of the skin and causes new fibroblasts and collagen to develop, reducing fine lines and wrinkles caused by aging.  It is also used to treat sun damaged skin, hyperpigmentation, and contributes to the healing of acne.

  • TCA Peel TCA (trichloroacetic acid) is used in a range of concentrations depending on how deep of a peel is required.  This peel is used to remove damaged upper layers of the skin.  It is a very effective treatment for aging skin as it can eliminate superficial wrinkles, improve overall skin texture, and reduce hyperpigmentation.

  • VI Peel The VI Peel is a breakthrough in facial rejuvenation and chemical peels. The VI Peel contains a synergistic blend of powerful ingredients suitable for all skin types. This peel provides dramatic results with virtually no pain, no skin preparation and little downtime.  Deep peels of the past, without exception, epitomize the “no pain, no gain” approach to skin care.  VI Peels are virtually painless, yet produce dramatic visible results in just days.  Why wait weeks or months for results? Enjoy beautiful, younger looking skin in about a week with the VI Peel.

  • Prestige Peel The Prestige Depth Peel from Visao MD™ offers a quick, comfortable, and predictable comprehensive skin rejuvenation solution for all skin types.  Prestige Peel is for those seeking more dramatic results that go far beyond what can be achieved with superficial peels.  The result is more youthful skin with improved tone and texture combined with a minimal amount of “down time”.


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