Global Laser Cosmetics
Are you looking to get back that vibrant and glowing complexion? Are you struggling with dark spots (hyperpigmentation), acne or fine lines and wrinkles? A chemical peel can help you achieve that refreshed, radiant look with just a quick appointment to Global Laser Cosmetics. We offer a variety of the more superficial, medical grade chemical peels that get results but have little to no downtime. A Chemical peel can improve the overall appearance of your skin by removing the damaged outer layer. As a result, following a chemical peel facial blemishes, wrinkles and uneven skin pigmentation are significantly reduced or virtually eliminated. Given their effectiveness, safety and affordability, chemical peels are a very popular aesthetic procedure!
What is a chemical peel?
Chemical peels are a type of procedure during which a substance is applied to the skin resulting in faster skin cell turnover (exfoliation or peeling). Don’t let the term “chemical peel” scare you away. A chemical peel refers to the general category for a number of chemical treatments used to exfoliate and rejuvenate the skin. In fact, most don’t even peel the skin. Lighter chemical peels, also called “lunchtime peels”, are treatments that help skin look smoother and brighter, decrease pore size and can even help with acne. By allowing a chemical peel to dissolve the top layer of your skin, pores are instantly unclogged and black heads are erased nearly instantaneously and the glowing results last for up to a month. Although results may be achieved after one treatment, a series of 3-6 treatments may be required depending on the chemical peel, other treatments used, and the condition of the skin. An added bonus is that chemical peels will also help your favorite serum and moisturizer penetrate deeper and be more effective.
What type of chemical peels are there?
Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs), such as Glycolic, Lactic, or fruit acids are the mildest of the chemical peel formulations and produce a light peeling. These types of chemical peels in general are used to provide a smoother, brighter-looking skin for people who can’t spare the time to recover from a phenol or TCA peel. AHA peels may additionally be used to treat fine wrinkling, areas of dryness, uneven pigmentation, dullness, and acne. AHA peels can be scheduled every 4 weeks. For maximum results, a series of treatments is recommended.
A stronger chemical peel, such as a Jessner’s and TCA peel, work by triggering your skin’s wound healing response by dissolving the upper layers of the skin. As the tissue is removed, a wound is created on the skin which stimulates the body’s healing response, causing new tissue to emerge. Trichloracetic acid (TCA) peels are considered medium-depth chemical peels. They reach slightly deeper into the skin than alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) peels and often produce stronger, more dramatic results. TCA is a skin-resurfacing treatment. It removes dead skin cells, uncovering a “new” layer of skin that appears smoother and more vibrant. It softens fine lines, minimizes superficial “age” spots and other skin discolorations, and generally improves the tone and texture of your skin. TCA peels are also very popular for diminishing the appearance of acne scars. More than one TCA treatment may be recommended. Treatments are usually spaced 2 to 3 months apart. To increase their effectiveness, these peels are often combined with other skin-rejuvenating treatments, such as facials, laser collagen rejuvenation, and microdermabrasion. These peels also have the advantage of being suitable for most skin types, including darker-toned skin.
What are the benefits of a chemical peel?
Chemical peels can be performed on the face, neck, or hands. They can be used to:
- Reduce fine lines under the eyes and around the mouth
- Treat wrinkles caused by sun damage and aging
- Improve the appearance of mild scars
- Treat certain types of acne
- Reduce age spots, freckles, and dark patches (melasma) due to pregnancy or taking birth control
- Improve the look and feel of skin
- Brighten and exfoliate tired and dull complexions
Types of chemical peels we offer include:
- Obagi Blue Peel – Blue Peels are often used to treat blemishes, facial lines, scars, uneven pigmentation, and acne. The Blue Peel uses a slow acting TCA chemical (Trichloracetic acid) that enables your doctor to control the peel process and depth.
- Glycolic Acid – one of our lighter peels that is perfect to combine with microdermabrasion. Glycolic acid peels are an excellent choice for acne, sun damage, fine lines, and hyperpigmentation.
- Jessner Peel (TCA) -We offer this peel for patients who complain of acne, acne scarring, post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, melasma, wrinkles, sun-damaged skin, or for those who want to achieve a more beautiful, glowing complexion.
What will my skin look and feel like right after a chemical peel?
After a chemical peel, skin can appear slightly red. Skin will be temporarily more sensitive to the sun, so wear a physical SPF 30+ every day. It should say “broad-spectrum” on the label, meaning it protects against the sun’s UVA and UVB rays. After your appointment, your highly trained medical aesthetician will apply our personal favorite, Skinceuticals SPF 50 PA +++, which will keep your skin safe and protected after your chemical peel. Limit your time in the sun, especially between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., and wear a wide-brimmed hat. Depending on the kind of treatment you received, you may expect to see some peeling of the skin for the next 3-5 days.