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Before and After

Chemical Peels can help

your skin

  • What types of chemical peels do you offer?
    We offer TriChloroAcetic (TCA) acid peels and Jessner Peels
  • What are chemical peels used for?
    To decrease acne and acne scarring To decrease age related and sun related skin changes To even out skin tone and soften skin discoloration
  • What do chemical peels do to my skin?
    Chemical peels can cause your skin to turn pink or red, and possibly peel like a mild sunburn. It is thought that they induce a healing process, leaving your skin smoother
  • Do your peels come in different strengths?
    We offer TCA peels in 10%-20% concentration Jessner peels are a 14%/14% concentration
  • How do chemical peels compare to laser?
    Lasers can sometimes work better, but they are more invasive and pricier
  • Are chemical peels painful?
    When a chemical peel is applied to your skin, you will notice some stinging, burning, and occasional some pain. The level of application can be adjusted depending on your skin's reaction to the peel
  • What will I look like right after the peel?
    Usually your skin will turn pink or red. Sometimes it may even peel. The whole process can last a few days or even a week or two

What are the possible side effects and complications of TCA and Jessner peels?

  1. Pain. There is usually not much discomfort after a peel, but a moisturizer and/or ibruprofen can be used

  2. Redness. Pink or red skin usually lasts from a few days to a week or two.  Occasionally, redness may persist longer

  3. Pigment Changes. Light or dark discoloration is usually temporary, but can occasionally be permanent

  4. Swelling. Usually mild

  5. Scarring. There is a very small chance of scarring, including keloids.  It is important that you follow post-operative instructions carefully

  6. Eye Exposure. It is important that you keep your eyes closed during the treatment.

  7. Sun sensitivity.  Can last 1-2 months or longer

  8. Accutane. You should not have a chemical peel if you have used Accutane in the last 6 months.

  9. Cold Sores. If you are prone to cold sores, you may need a prescription for acyclovir prior to having a chemical peel

How should I care for my skin after TCA or Jessner peel?

Wash nightly with a gentle cleanser like Cetaphil

remove any makeup very gently.

Apply a thick, bland moisturizer like Cetaphil Cream, Vaseline, vitamin E cream or aloe vera

Absolutely no sun for 48 hours, and limited sun for one week after

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