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.