Chemical peels procedures are specifically formulated to improve the skins appearance via application of hydroxyacid to exfoliate and eliminate old damaged cells; encouraging the appearance of new regenerated, smoother and softer skin with fewer blemishes and wrinkles.
Vaughan Laser offers both single acid and combined peels allowing us the adapt treatment to target the patients personal esthetic concerns.
Single Acid Peels Combined Peels
Glycolic Peel Jessner Peel
Salicylic Peel Azelan Peel
Lactic Peel Piruvex Peel
Mandelic Peel Melanostop Peel
Frequently Asked Questions
What are chemical peels
Chemical peels, also known as chemical resurfacing, are cosmetic treatments to produce an improved appearance of the face.Chemical peels are techniques that employ chemical treatments to produce improved appearance of the face by producing controlled injury to the skin, which in turn promotes growth of new skin with improved appearance. Many different chemicals are used for chemical peels and include glycolic acid, trichloroacetic acid (TCA), salicylic acid, "Jessners" solution, and phenol. The different chemical solutions produce different degrees of injury of the skin. There are two layers of the skin; the outer layer is called the epidermis and the inner layer, the dermis. Superficial peels (such as glycolic acid peels) produce very superficial injury, confined to the epidermis. Superficial peels can help improve conditions such as acne and discoloration. Deeper peels (e.g. phenol peels) produce injury within the dermis and can reverse moderate-to-severe photoaging and wrinkles.
What are chemical peels used for?
Chemical peels are used for the treatment of photoaging (from sun damage), wrinkles, scarring, acne, precancerous lesions, and discoloration (including melasma, freckles, and age spots).
How are chemical peels performed?
There are many different kinds of peels and each one is performed differently. In general, chemical peels usually begin with vigorous cleansing of the skin. Very light peels (e.g. low potency glycolic acid, 10-20% TCA) only penetrate the dead skin cells that sit atop the epidermis and produce almost no injury. Sometimes, this level of peel is called "exfoliation". Light peels (70% glycolic acid, 25-35% TCA) injure the entire epidermis and stimulate the regeneration of a new epidermis. This level of chemical peel may produce a burning sensation during the procedure. Medium depth peels involve injury to the upper level of the dermis. Injury to the dermis stimulates the formation of collagen and "plumps" up the skin. 35% TCA, in combination with another chemical such as glycolic acid, is used safely with minimal discomfort. Burning is the most common complaint during the procedure and this is usually well controlled with cool compresses, and sometimes topical anesthetic. Deep peels involve injury to the mid dermis and are usually performed using a phenol solution and anesthesia.
How long do chemical peels take?
Most peels are performed in less than one hour, depending on size of the area being treated.
How many peels will I need?
The superficial peels are usually done several times over the course of several months. The deeper peels usually only need to be performed once to achieve the desired effect. Regardless of the technique, you will likely need repeat treatments in the future. Our highly trained staff will consult with you and discuss what is best for you.
How long after a chemical peel before I can return to normal activities?
Typically after a chemical peel, patients are able to return to normal activities immediately.
The 2-4 days following the chemical peel procedure, patients may experience a very mild sloughing of the skin to light flaking. This will depend on the patient's skin type and the strength of the chemical peel that is used.
Stronger combined peels will require a longer recovery time of between 5 to 7 days. During this period patients are required to avoid sun exposure including daily use of a high SPF sunscreen to ensure best recovery and results of the chemical peel.