Chemical Peels are classified according to strength, with Superficial Peels being the mildest form, so gentle it’s often called, “the lunchtime peel.” The most common peeling agents in a Superficial Peels are Glycolic Acid and Salicylic Acid, and more gentle ones are based with simple fruit enzymes. These peeling agents are blended with other mild potions to create a liquid or paste formula that is applied to the skin for a duration of time long enough to penetrate only the epidermis. This process breaks down the binding elements of the skin’s top layer, causing dead skin cells to shed off to reveal the fresh, healthy underlying skin.
Chemical Peels are tailored per patient. Superficial Peels are customized to address minor skin irregularities like discoloration, acne, surface scarring, fine lines, and sun spots. Superficial Peels are also used to prepare the skin for deeper peels or to enhance the efficacy of other more invasive procedures that treat severe conditions like cystic acne, melasma, photodamage, dyschromias, and actinic keratoses
Superficial Peels are safe and effective on all skin types and can be applied to the face, neck, and body.
During treatment the skin is cleansed and then a solution is evenly applied with gauze, small brush, or cotton-tipped applicator. The solution stays on the skin for a length of time according to the specifics of your peel, usually no more than 15 minutes, and is then neutralized by water or alcohol and removed with gauze or cotton.
While the solution is active, the sensation will vary according to the strength of the peel, but a Superficial Peel does not require anesthesia or pain medication. During the treatment, most people will experience a temporary burning sensation followed by some mild numbing or stinging that is easily managed with a handheld air cooling device.
A Superficial Peel takes 10 to 15 minutes for the face; larger body parts will require more time.
$100 – $300
After treatment, your skin will immediately look red with some possible swelling, drying, and flaking that will subside as quickly as the next day, or over several days with more aggressive treatments. Makeup can be applied as early as two hours after the treatment to conceal any redness.
Taking caution to properly moisturize skin before and after this treatment will lessen these effects dramatically.
It takes the skin approximately 5 days to heal itself after a Superficial Peel, at which point you will start to see first signs of results that will maximize after a week post treatment.
Results include minimized pores, fine lines, sun damage, and acne, and moderate improvements in tone, texture, and coloration. Skin will appear tighter, smoother, more even, and radiant for up to 2 to 3 weeks post treatment.
Minor results are realized after the first Superficial Peel treatment; optimal results will accumulate after 5 to 6 treatments spaced 3 to 4 weeks apart.
Only aboard-certified dermatologist or plastic surgeon who specializes in Superficial Chemical Peels should administer this treatment. Board certification from the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS), American Society Of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), or the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) ensures that the doctor meets nationally recognized standards for education, knowledge, experience and skills to safely and effectively administer this treatment.
It’s very important to wear a quality sunscreen every day, and even more during the days, or even weeks, surrounding a chemical peel of any strength….
Don’t try this at home…or do, but be warned: home-style chemical peels can still be dangerous in the wrong hands and never quite give the results they promise.
So you’ve got great skin? Superficial Peels are the perfect way to keep it…but make sure to entrust only a qualified provider to make sure the peel is formulated perfectly for you!
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