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What is a chemical peel?

chemical peel is a type of facial treatment that uses a chemical solution to improve the appearance of your skin by removing the damaged outer layers. It helps to improve skin tone, texture, and wrinkles.

What type of problems can chemical peels improve?

Sun-damage, fine lines and wrinkles, and uneven skin coloring can all be improved with chemical peels. It can also help with acne.

What type of problems can’t be fixed with a chemical peel ?

Chemical peels do not improve very deep lines or wrinkles, tighten very loose skin, or remove deep scars.

What areas can be treated?

Although chemical peels are used mostly on the face, they can also be used to improve the skin on your neck and hands.

Are there different types of chemical peels?

There are a variety of peels that vary in strength, ingredients, and intended goal.  Light chemical peels such as Alpha-hydroxy acids (AHA)  treat the epidermis (outer skin layer) and stimulate collagen production. These are very popular as they smooth out the skin, even out coloring and have a quick recovery. Most patients have mild redness and flaking for a few days. Make-up can usually be applied the same day. For best results, these peels are done on a regular basis. Deeper peels such as Tricloroacetic acid (TCA) affect both the epidermis and the dermis. They are used to treat more severe wrinkles and discoloration. Because of their depth, recovery is longer and peeling lasts for up to a week or more. Our specialists at Acqua will help determine the ideal peel for you.

How is a chemical peel performed?

At Acqua Medspa, the process of having a peel is quite simple.

Your face will be cleansed. The chemical solution is brushed onto your skin and left on for a few minutes. You may feel some mild stinging but no anesthesia is required.  The chemical peel is then washed off and neutralized. A soothing lotion is applied. There is no downtime and you may resume normal activities immediately.

Who is not a good candidate for a peel?

Patients with very dark complexion, a history of abnormal scarring, and those who have recently used certain medications such as Accutane are not good candidates for chemical peels.

What are the risks of chemical peels?

Chemical peels are usually a very safe procedures, however there are some risks. One risk is hyperpigmentation (brown spots).  This can usually be avoided by using  sunscreen and avoiding sun exposure during the peeling phase. Though very rare, infection or scarring can also occur. Patients who have had cold sores (herpes) in the past are at risk of re-activation and should take medication prior to treatment. Those who have a history of keloids or any unusual scarring tendencies should avoid treatment or take etxra precaution.

What are the costs of chemical peels?

A chemical peel is one of the most cost-effective ways to improve the appearance of your skin. As part of our special Acqua membership program, patients can receive chemical peels for as little as $100.

To learn more about chemical peels, call to schedule your complimentary consultation today!  281-480-1200

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