Chemical peels work by applying a chemical solution to the skin to remove the outermost damaged layers that can dull your skin’s appearance as you age. They help restore the natural smoothness and vitality of the face and can improve a number of skin conditions including irregular skin pigmentation, rough skin, sun damaged skin, fine lines and wrinkles.
Chemical peels differ by which acids are used and how deeply they penetrate to exfoliate the skin. Certain peels may not be suitable for some skin types, so your complimentary consultation with our Licensed Medical Aesthetician is important to determine which chemical peel is appropriate for you to achieve the best results.
Common Peels Available at Kramer Plastic Surgery:
This is a superficial peel that combines glycolic acid with skin brightening agents to help minimize the appearance of skin aging and help promote renewed smoothness and radiance. The NEO Peel will help improve skin imperfections and skin tone and texture giving the skin back its natural glow while smoothing out roughness and surface irregularities.
ZO Ossential® Stimulator Peel
Sometimes better known by its nickname “Red carpet peel” because of the number of celebrity’s that visit Dr. Obagi’s office in LA for this particular peel before their red carpet events. The key ingredients include a concentration of salicylic acid, lactic acid, and citric acid to remove dead skin cells and superficial imperfections revealing brighter, clear skin underneath. The ZO stimulator peel is suitable for all skin types. It evens skin tone and texture, minimizes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and is formulated with a unique combination of alpha and beta hydroxyl acids to provide epidermal exfoliation and renewal.
TCA Chemical Peel
Trichloroacetic Acid, often referred to as TCA, is an effective chemical agent used to exfoliate and renew the skin on a superficial to deep level. TCA is most frequently applied to the face, neck, décolleté, and hands. In addition, TCA is also an excellent “spot treatment” and can be used to exclusively peel isolated areas of the skin.
The benefits of superficial TCA peels are many, but among the most notable is the ability to adjust the depth to fit the skin problem. As more coats are applied, the peel will get deeper, as the solution goes looking for protein to neutralize itself. The long-lasting results make it an ideal peel for those who prefer less peeling sessions at the cost of moderate downtime.
TCA peels provide an aggressive medium chemical exfoliation to reduce melasma , post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, sun damage and post acne scars. It also helps correct and smooth fine surface wrinkles through stimulation of reproductive collagen.
After Chemical Peel
Specific recommendations and instructions will be provided to help care for your skin post chemical peel based on your skin assessment and the type of peel used. Not all patients will peel, however, the skin will be more sensitive. If you are going to be in the sun avoid direct exposure to the skin and apply sunscreen with at least 9% zinc oxide or titanium dioxide EVERY day rain or shine. Peeling skin should be allowed to slough off naturally, picking or peeling of flaking skin should be avoided as it may lead to scarring. A good skin care regimen will be important to optimize and maintain your results.
Getting Started with Chemical Peels in Boise
To learn more about chemical peels or other skin care options please contact our office to schedule your complimentary skin care consultation. Years of board certified plastic surgery experience, top-level training, and life-enriching results are just a short drive away with Boise’s own Jonathan Kramer, M.D.