Chemical peels remove damaged outer layers of skin on the face which then triggers skin rejuvenation and healing to a more smooth texture, reduce scarring, and remove blemishes, producing healthy, glowing skin. There are several types of chemical peels which we use in the spa, as Dr. Bershof 5280 Top Doctor explains, ranging from mild to moderate, such as alpha-hydroxy acids (mixed carbolic acids), pure glycolic acid peels, retin-A Vitalize® peels, and the classic 14% Jessner’s peel (salicylic acid, lactic acid, and resorcinol). Which peel and formula strengths are used are tailored to each patient’s needs, goals and recovery constraints. Peels can be combined with other procedures, not always at the same time, but as part of a treatment plan, such as combined with facials, microdermabrasion, dermaplaning, Botox® and fillers, as well as surgical solutions, such as eyelid surgery or facelifts for a younger look.
Types of Chemical Peels
These carbolic acid peels are all on the gentler spectrum of chemical peels. They consist of a group of peels that smooth and brighten skin by treating fine wrinkles, dryness, uneven pigmentation and acne. These peels are typically applied once a week, or may be mixed in a milder concentration with a cream or cleanser to be used daily. Office peels take 10 minutes or less.
These mild to moderate chemical peels are performed in our medical spa, Body by Design. Anesthesia is not required even though these acid peels produce a mild, short-lived stinging. The home products are weaker and are not associated with any discomfort.
In these carbolic acid peels, the skin is cleansed and the solution applied; there is no need for "after-peel" ointment or covering.
After the Procedure
These carbolic acid peels can cause temporary stinging, redness, irritation and flaking or crusting.
Although uncommon with the mild carbolic acid peels, any peel carries potential risks such as temporary discoloration and prolonged redness. Risks such as infection and scarring are extremely rare.