Medical Grade Chemical Peel
What is it?
A Superficial & Medium-depth Chemical Peel, involves the application of a chemical exfoliant that causes controlled damage of the epidermis and part or all of the papillary dermis (top layer), which ignites regenerative changes and restores the skin’s tone and texture in just a single setting. The most common combination of agents in a Medium-depth Chemical Peels is trichloroacetic acid (TCA), for which it is named, plus Jessner’s solution (Dr. Max Jessner’s mix of salicylic acid, lactic acid, and rescorcinol), and glycolic acid.
Because the strength of a peel determines the level of penetration, the nature of destruction, and the inflammatory response, a Medium-depth Chemical Peel causes moderate destruction and offers intermediate results when compared to a Superficial Peel. Medium-depth Chemical Peels can be applied to the face, neck, and body and are highly effective in smoothing texture, improving superficial discoloration and mild photo-aging, eliminating fine wrinkles, and enhancing vitality of skin. There is no downtime associated with Superficial & moderate downtime with Medium-depth Chemical Peels, and they can be applied up to four times per year.
Who is it for?
Medium-depth Chemical Peels are ideal for those who want more dramatic results than a Superficial Peel can offer but wish to avoid the risk and recovery time associated with deeper peels.
Unlike deeper-grade peels, Medium-depth Chemical Peels may be performed safely on people with olive and light brown skin; they may also be used on dark brown skin tones, but there is a slight risk of discoloration that should be discussed by your doctor or Nurse.
What does the treatment feel like?
A Medium-depth Chemical Peel is an in-office treatment that may require pain management at your doctor’s discretion because there may be slight burning sensation during the application of the peeling agent.
During the treatment the skin is first cleansed and then the solution is evenly applied one area at a time with gauze, small brush, or cotton-tipped applicator. The solution stays on the skin for usually no more than 15 minutes—the burning sensation will last about 5 to 10 minutes—and then the solution is neutralized by applying iced saline with gauze or cotton; this will eliminate any discomfort. Your face will then be covered with an ointment to keep your skin moist and promote healing. Post-operative pain management is not required.
How long does it take?
A Medium-depth Chemical Peel takes 15 to 20 minutes for the face; larger body parts will require more time.
What are anticipated results?
Results from a Medium-depth Chemical Peels include improvements in texture and skin tone, reduction in fine wrinkles, age spots, pore size, and dark under-eye circles, and clearer, brighter skin over all. These effects will last for six months to a year, and improvements may persist if you adhere to usual skincare maintenance regiment with treatments like microdermabrasion or superficial chemical peels.