A chemical peel is technique used to exfoliate and resurface the skin, exposing new clear skin beneath.
These treatments can be beneficial for a variety of skin conditions to include acne, rosacea, hyper-pigmentation, aging or dull skin.
Chemical peels can be applied to the face, hands, neck, back, chest and to the delicate eye area.
They increase cellular turn over, minimize fine lines and pigmentations, and even help rosacea sufferers stay non symptomatic.
One of AOIs skin care professionals can give you a complimentary consult to determine the most effective, safe, and cost friendly treatment for your skin's specific nature.
~ $70 - $180+ ~
When is a chemical peel appropriate?
Chemical peels are used to treat a number of conditions including:
Acne Scars, Aging Skin, Crow's Feet, Hyperpigmentation, Melasma, Scars, Sun Damaged Skin, Sagging Skin, Wrinkles
Who is not a good candidate for a chemical peel?
Talk to one of AOI's skin care professionals if you are wondering whether a chemical peel is the right procedure for you.
Men or women with darker skin complexions may not be the best candidates for chemical peels;
however one of AOI's skin care professionals can take a look your skin for a definite assessment.
The procedure is not recommended for individuals with infections, active skin disease, cut or broken skin, sunburns or active Herpes simplex 1 sores. Other counter-indications include patients who are: nursing or pregnant, have taken Accutane in last six months, have psoriasis, eczema, dermatitis or rosacea, or have used Retin-A, Renova, prescription skin care products, products that contain ascorbic acid, bleaching or skin-lightening agents or other acid-based products in the last 48 hours.
Are chemical peels painful?
Chemicals peels sting but do not cause a great deal of pain.
Chemical peels may cause stinging, redness, irritation or crusting, but with continued procedures, the skin begins to adjust all these aliments.
Upon healing, the skin will peel like a sunburn, allowing old skin to flake off, and new, beautiful & youthful skin to take its place.
Are there different levels of peels?
- The gentlest peels use alpha-hydroxy, mandelic, glycolic, salicylic, lactic or fruit acids.
- Stronger peels use trichloroacetic acids (TCA), which diminishes wrinkles, superficial blemishes and pigment problems.
- The stronger the peel, the more result you will have.
** AOI's trained estheticians are certified to perform
- The strongest chemical peel uses TCA, up to 40%, which removes deep lines and wrinkles on the face.
- Dr. Collini, Board Certified Plastic & General Surgeon from The Renissance Center for Plastic Surgery, is certified to perform the highest strength TCA peel.
- The client is put to sleep for this type of peel, and there is a much longer recovery and higher cost for this procedure.
Will chemical peels correct my acne?
Yes! Chemical peels are one of the best treatments for adolescent and adult acne.
One of AOI's trained estheticians will construct a personalized skin care plan for your specific skin type,
which will include a number of chemical peel treatments and "Collini MD's" customized medical skin care products.
How Many Sessions will I need to see results?
Usually peels are sold in packages of 3 or 6 treatments depending upon strength. You will see results after each session,
however 3 to 6 is usually the optimum amount to see the best results.
How will I heal?
After the treatment there may be redness, swelling and irritation, but the use of peptide enriched calming creams will reduce these effects.
AOI's skin care professionals will go over your healing instructions and creams to use upon completion of the service.
Clients will see skin begin to peel between day 3 and 5 after the procedure.
Creams will help calm the skin during this downtime.
Should I schedule around an event?
The downtime for a chemical peel can run between 5-7 days. The most intense days usually are 3 through 5.
Clients should plan accordingly. It is best to do a chemical peel at the minimum 2 weeks before a wedding.
After a chemical peel, can i go in the sun?
Absolutely NOT! Do not expose healing skin to the sun. This may cause scarring or hyperpigmentation.
Clients can resume sun exposure, ONLY with 45+ facial sunscreen, at the minimum two to three weeks after the chemical peel procedure.
(PROLONGED SUN EXPOSER IS NOT RECOMMENDED FOR ANY SKIN TYPE AS IT CAN LEAD TO PREMATURE AGING, PIGMENTATIONS, AND CANCERS)
What is the difference between a chemical peel & a microdermabrasion?
The most salient difference between chemical peels and microdermabrasion is that microdermabrasion is a non-chemical procedure.
Microdermabrasion attacks imperfections by actually "sanding" flaws from the skin surface.
While treatment plans for microdermabrasion and mild chemical peels, such as glycolic acid chemical peels, are similar,
more advanced chemical peels require only one session.
Microdermabrasion is the perfect lunch time glow peel as there is typically no down time.