Chemical Peels

The Basics of Chemical Peels

Now more than ever, men and women alike are enjoying the benefits of making Chemical Peels and Facials the new staples of their skin care routines. Chemical Peels are effective treatments to reduce fine lines, fade away mild scars and certain types of acne; correct skin discoloration and imperfections; and refresh skin texture and color in areas such as your face, neck, chest, hands, arms or legs.

During a Chemical Peel, a chemical solution is applied, which causes the top layers of skin to shed painlessly. Peeling agents include: glycolic acid, trichloroacetic acid, salicylic acid, lactic acid, or carbolic acid (phenol). Depending on the depth of the peel (superficial, medium or deep), the newly- revealed skin appears smoother, less wrinkled, and more even in tone. Dermatologists may enhance the results of a Chemical Peel with laser or light-based techniques. They can also combine the peel with another procedure, such as dermal (soft tissue) fillers or botulinum injections.

At the Greater Miami Skin and Laser Center, licensed estheticians offer a complete selection of face-smoothing, line-removing Chemical Peels and the latest in Facials so that you are sure to find the perfect treatment for your skin type after a thorough evaluation.

Typically, a Chemical Peel treatment is administered in your dermatologist’s office. During a Chemical Peel, most patients feel warmth or heat that may last about five to 10 minutes. A deeper peel can be more uncomfortable, and you may require a numbing medicine during the procedure and pain medication afterwards. You also may require more than one treatment to achieve desired results.

After-treatment care
Depending on the type of peel, there may be a mild to severe sunburn-like reaction. The gentlest type of peel, a superficial “lunchtime” peel, most often causes some redness. Some patients experience scaling of the skin that can last three to five days.

Medium-depth and deep peels may cause swelling and blisters. These blisters may break, crust and turn brown, and then cause the skin to peel off. Deeper peels take seven to 14 days or longer to heal completely. If blisters occur, you may need protective surgical tape on the treated skin to help prevent infection.
After treatment, dermatologists advise daily use of a broad-spectrum sunscreen to help lessen formation of new spots and lines.

People with certain skin types are at risk of having a temporary or lasting change in skin color after a Chemical Peel. This risk may increase if you take birth control pills, have been pregnant or have a family history of brownish spots (hyperpigmentation) on the face.

Although very low, there is a risk of scars after a chemical peel. If scarring does occur, there are many treatments to decrease scars.

People with a history of fever blisters (cold sores) or keloids (raised scars) are at higher risk for complications after a Chemical Peel. Talk to your dermatologist if you have these problems so that he or she can take proper precautions.

The Miami Peel

The Miami Peel (Salicylic Acid Peel) is a proven and patented light-to-medium peel formula that effectively exfoliates bleaches and inhibits pigment production. This type of peel is also effective in the treatment of Acne and will simultaneously help to reduce the inflammatory hyper pigmentation associated with Acne lesions.

The Miami Peel is a great option for patients who want to correct melasma, sun damage and pigment discoloration of any kind. It is also beneficial in the treatment of Acne.


The S-30 Miami Peel

This is a light to medium peel containing salicylic acid 30% ascorbic acid (vitamin c), green tea extract and other antioxidants. It effectively exfoliates and removes dead skin cells, helps stimulate natural skin renewal, diminishes the appearance of pores and helps to lighten and even skin tone.

The Miami Peel S-30 formula works best for patients who want to achieve a more youthful and even skin tone and, is very beneficial as part of a physician-supervised treatment course to correct photoaging, sun damage and pigment discoloration of any kind. It is especially effective in the treatment of Acne, as it helps to regulate the sebaceous glands and oil secretions.

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