The Art of Skin Transformation
As the largest organ of the body, our skin takes a beating. Sun damage and exposure to the elements, not to mention the natural progression of the aging process, give way to sagging skin and the formation of facial wrinkles and other visible concerns. Some patients require full skin rejuvenation to reverse some of those issues and produce a healthier, more vibrant complexion. Omni Centers offers chemical peels as one option for a full skin rejuvenation treatment.
WHAT ARE CHEMICAL PEELS?
Chemical peels are exfoliating treatments that remove outer skin layers, leaving softer, smoother skin behind. Treatment is performed using a chemical solution customized to your unique skin type and the concerns you want to address during your procedure. At Omni Centers, we offer a variety of formulations and strengths in chemical peels that allow us to tailor your treatment to your specific needs. A chemical peel is a technique which involves the application of a variety of chemical solutions to remove the damaged outer layers of dead skin cells from the skin’s surface. It is extremely beneficial for many skin conditions such as: hyper-pigmentation, rosacea, acne, sun damage, and photo aging.
By removing the build-up of dead skin cells and stimulating the regenerative process, you will notice marked improvements in the following: formation of wrinkles and fine lines, texture and tone of the skin, hydration, reduced pore size, and clearing of blemishes.
WHAT DO THEY TREAT?
In addition to acting as a general exfoliation treatment, a chemical peel can also treat the following skin concerns:
Uneven skin texture and tone
Hyperpigmentation and age spots
Fine lines and facial creases
Shallow acne scarring
Sun damage and photo aging
Acne and rosacea
Your skin will experience a more balanced production of oils and an overall healthier appearance.
WHAT IS THE PROCEDURE LIKE?
Chemical peels vary in treatment times, based on the depth of the peel used. Most peels can be performed easily in under one hour. After the skin is cleansed, the peel solution is applied to the skin and left on for a prescribed amount of time. A neutralizing agent may be applied before the peel is removed. Patients may return to regular activities right away after a light peel, although deeper peels may require a recovery period of up to one week.
WHAT KIND OF RESULTS CAN I EXPECT?
After a light peel, you will notice visibly smoother and refreshed skin right away. Skin may turn slightly pink after treatment, but this will subside within a few hours. Deeper peels will cause the skin to flake and peel for a few days, before the final results are evident. Special skin care products will likely be recommended to promote healing and enhance the final results. Lighter peels will need to be repeated more frequently to maintain desired results, while deeper peels may only need to be performed every year or two.
What do chemical peels do?
Chemical peeling agents resurface the skin by inducing a controlled wound and thus removing superficial layers of the skin. As a result, chemical peels promote the growth of a new healthy top skin layer and improve skin problems like hyperpigmentation, fine lines and wrinkles, uneven texture and skin impurities.
What should I expect during treatment?
Procedures may vary dependent on the type of chemical peel chosen. Skin is prepped using a medical degreaser to ensure the treated area is free of any oils left on the skin. The chemical agent is then applied and typically remains on the skin for 3 to 5 minutes. Most patients feel a mild stinging which is temporary and usually subsides after a few minutes. Some peels are designed to self neutralize and may remain on your skin for 2-4 hours.
How long is the recovery after a chemical peel and what type of care is necessary?
Recovery times will vary based on the type and strength of the peel. Immediately after the peel, your skin will feel tight and may be red. Any visible peeling will be light and fluffy and easily controlled with moisturizer. Peeling usually lasts 3-5 days, depending on the actual peel treatment. Use of gentle cleanser, moisturizer and sunscreen is important, as it will enhance the healing process and results. Normal activity may be resumed after the peel, however strenuous exercise and heavy sweating should be avoided for 2-3 days. Sun exposure should be avoided while skin is peeling; exposure of treated skin to a lot of heat should also be avoided as it may induce swelling, redness and for deeper peels blisters under the skin. Peeling skin should be allowed to slough off naturally; picking or peeling of flaking skin is prohibited, as it may lead to scarring. Use of prescription topicals should be avoided for 3-5 days post peel.
Why did I not have any visible peeling after my peel?
The success of the peel should not be judged by the amount of peeling, but by the end results that the peel will produce. The amount of peeling may vary depending on individual skin condition at the time of the peel or the depth of the peel. Regardless of the degree of peeling, the skin is still sloughing off at an accelerated rate, resulting in the improvement of skin tone and texture and an improvement of fine lines and uneven pigmentation.
What products or procedures should I avoid before a chemical peel?
• One week before the peel avoid waxing, electrolysis, deploritory creams, and laser hair removal.
• Two to three days before the peel discontinue using any prescription topicals such as Retin-A, differin or Tazorac, as well as any products containing retinol, alpha hydroxyl acids (AHA), beta hydroxyl acids (BHA) or benzoyl peroxide.
• Patients who have had any medical cosmetic facial treatments or procedures such as Laser treatments, cosmetic fillers or other surgical procedures should wait until skin sensitivity has completely resolved before receiving a peel.
What are the counterindications to chemical peels?
Chemical peels should be avoided if any of the following conditions are present:
• Active cold sores, herpes simplex or warts in the area to be treated
• Wounded, sunburned or excessively sensitive skin
• Accutane use within the last year
• History of recent chemotherapy or radiation therapy
• Allergies to aspirin
• Women who are pregnant or actively breastfeeding
• Patients with Vitiligo
• Patients with a history of autoimmune disease (such as rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, lupus, multiple sclerosis etc) or any condition that may weaken their immune system
After a consultation a protocol will be selected based on your goals and what the skin is presenting. Any peel that goes into the intra-epidermal layer must also use the recommended home care. Its often beneficial to do a peel series over the course of several weeks to receive optimal results.
Treatments can provide benefits in the following ways:
Increase blood circulation
Reduces sebum and minimizes skin congestion
Soften scar tissue
Stimulates collagen production
Strengthens skin integrity
Lightens and brightens
Diminishes fine lines
Improves appearance of enlarged pores
Softens wrinkles and furrows
Re-texturize the skin