Chemical peeling is a technique that uses a chemical solution to improve the appearance of the skin. This technique improves and smoothes the texture of the facial skin by removing its damaged outer layers, and allows new skin to regenerate. It is very helpful for those individuals with facial blemishes, wrinkles, and uneven skin pigmentation. An increasing public interest in rejuvenating skin and slowing the effects of the aging process, has allowed chemical peeling emerge as an exciting anti-aging procedure, and Dermatologists perform millions of chemical peels every year in North America. Various concentrations of AHA may be applied weekly or at longer intervals to obtain the best results. A thorough evaluation by Dr. Giroux’s nurse technicians is necessary before choosing a chemical peel program; the precise concentration of the or AHA chemical peel will be defined according to each patient’s skin type needs.
Chemical peels that use Alphahydroxy acids (AHAs) such as glycolic acid, are very mild and can provide smoother, brighter-looking skin for people who can’t spare the time to recover from deeper peels such as phenol or TCA peel. A series of peels or a combination with other treatment modalities may be needed for optimal results, including medical grade customized skin care products, as well as laser and light based treatments. Ask our patient representative for more details on our AHA chemical peels and combination regimens.
Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs) chemical peels can be used to
Smooth rough, dry skin
Improve texture of sun-damaged skin
Improve results of acne treatments
Treat uneven pigmentation
Improve the appearance of enlarged pores
The procedure may be performed on areas such as the face, neck, chest, hands, arms, and legs. Prior to treatment, you may need to stop using certain medications and a pre-conditioning skin care regimen may be indicated. A medical grade chemical peel is performed in a Dermatologist’s office. At first, your skin is thoroughly cleansed with an agent that removes excess oils. Some areas like the nasal folds and lips are protected with Vaseline. The AHA solution is then applied to the areas of your skin that need to be treated. Your nurse technician will indicate the proper concentration of the peel agent depending on the type of skin damage present and desired results. This treatment will cause an exfoliation of the outer layers of the skin, allowing the young, healthy cells to appear at the skin surface. During the procedure, most patients experience a warm to hot sensation that my last five to ten minutes. Depending on the strength of the chemical peel, a temporary redness, followed by a light scaling and dryness may be present. However, these symptoms will not prevent you from working or engaging in your normal activities. The whole procedure can be done in less than 15 minutes. A Fresher and improved skin texture will result with continued AHAs treatments.
It is very important to avoid overexposure to the sun immediately after a chemical peel since the new skin is fragile and more susceptible to injury. An appropriate follow-up regimen will be indicated by your Dermatologist, including a sunblock and customized skin care products that will speed the recovery of your skin. Patients with a history of recurrent cold sores or herpes complex will be advised to start an anti-viral regimen before or at the day of the procedure, since there is a small incidence of the reactivation of these lesions after chemical peels. Continued treatments with AHAs will promote a general improvement in your skin texture, and you will notice a healthier glow to your skin.
We would like to introduce you to The Perfect Peel. This unique formula debuts a new era in skin health and as we simply put it (Perfection: The Future of Skin Rejuvenation). Never before has a peel offered results at this level to all ranges of skin types. The Perfect Peel founds itself on a key anti-aging ingredient never before used in a peel: Glutathione. Glutathione is the ultimate antioxidant known to prevent damage to important cellular components caused by free radicals and peroxides. As we age, our Glutathione levels are depleted due to sun exposure, air pollutants and environmental stress.
The Perfect Peel is the only peel that premieres Glutathione as a founding component and is the only true anti-aging ingredient offered exclusively in our formula. The Perfect Peel works from the inside to repair and nourish the skin by giving it a radiant glow, refining pores, improving skin hyperpigmentations, lifting melasma, diminishing fine lines and wrinkles, eliminating acne and preventing acne marks. Most importantly, the Glutathione element defies the aging process.
Glutathione penetrates deep into the cellular level of the skin to fight oxidant damage and is the anti-aging answer to premature wrinkling. Glutathione is proven to reverse the melanin's metabolism turning dark pigmentations (eumelanin) into light pigmentation (phaeomelanin).
The Perfect Peel is considered a strong peel and is effective in delivering a vast improvement with just 1 treatment. The peel is not painful during application and entails a slight sting for the first 30-45 seconds. Patients will experience peeling throughout days 3-6 and will be completely finished with the peel process by day 7.
PERFECT PEEL INSTRUCTIONS
The treated area will feel tight and may appear slightly darker.
The peel solution should remain on the treated area(s) for at least 6 hours. During the first 6 hours, do not wash, touch, rub or apply make-up to the treated area. If needed, make-up can be applied on Day 2. Do not apply sunscreen, moisturizer, make-up or any other product the day of peel application. If you are not experiencing any irritation or discomfort, the peel solution can remain on until your evening cleansing. On evenings 1 and 2, gently wash and dry the treated are. Effectively apply the post-peel treatment towelette to the treated area and discard actual towelette when finished. Let dry thoroughly. Leave the treatment on overnight, do not wash off. If you are experiencing any irritation or discomfort, apply a small amount of 1% or 2.5% hydrocortisone to the area. Do not use any moisturizing products on the treated area until peeling begins (usually on Day 3).