Chemical Peels

Chemical Peel :

Also known as light chemical peels and deep chemical peels 

As we age, dead skin cells do not slough off as easily as when we are younger, causing the skin to appear dull. Light, medium and deep chemical peels are a popular nonsurgical cosmetic procedure used to peel away the skin’s top layer to improve sun-damaged, unevenly pigmented and wrinkled skin. Improving the evenness of color and texture in your skin creates a youthful look and restores a healthy, luminous and radiant appearance. 

Is a Chemical Peel right for you?  Do you have?

Wrinkles or sun-damaged skin?

Skin discolorations, blotchiness or brown spots.?

Scars that have made the surface of your skin uneven?

Certain precancerous skin growths.?

Considerations 

No anesthesia or sedation is needed. 

Light and medium chemical peels have minimal aftercare and recovery.

Deep chemical peels have long-lasting effects on treating deep wrinkles.


After peel, there will be sun sensitivity and pores may appear larger.

Deep chemical peels may have a bleaching effect.

Can exacerbate skin disorders, including allergic reactions or cold sores.


How is a chemical peel procedure performed? 

Most often, your treatment will be performed by a licensed skincare professional in your plastic surgeon's office or medical spa. Peels involve the application of a chemical solution to your entire face or just to certain regions, such as the crow's feet area around your eyes or the vertical wrinkles around your mouth. 

The chemical solution is either applied lightly or rubbed more vigorously onto the skin being treated using a sponge, cotton pad, swab, or brush (avoiding your brows, eyes and lips). During peel application, you may experience a slight tingling (light to medium peels) or a burning sensation (deep peels). These sensations are usually minimal for light and medium peels but are more severe for deep peels. The length of time the solution is allowed to work is determined by carefully observing the changes in the appearance of your skin. With certain types of chemical peels, the solution may be "neutralized" after an appropriate amount of time has elapsed. 

The different types of chemical peels vary according to their specific ingredients and their strength. The depth of their peeling action may also be determined by factors such as how long they remain on the skin and how they are applied onto the skin. 

No covering or after-peel ointment is necessary after a light or medium peel and you can expect little to no downtime. However, after a deep peel, a thick coating of petroleum jelly or other protective ointment is layered over the face, covering the protective crust that develops rapidly over the area. This stays in place for one to two days. In some cases, dressings, tape or a bandage may be applied (this is particularly effective in cases of severe wrinkling). A deep peel requires a longer recuperation period. 

 Chemical peels exfoliate dead cells and can improve texture, acne, sun damage and congested pores. Deeper peels can address wrinkles and uneven skin tone. 

What are my options?

Your options will depend on the treatment depth you require and your ATL SKIN Expert will recommend an approach based upon your aesthetic goals. The amount of time you can allow for recovery may be an important factor to consider when selecting a particular chemical peel or determining the extent of treatment. 


ATL SKIN is proud to offer:

Glycolic/Jessners Peel

Illuminize Peel

Vitalize Peel

Rejuvenize Peel

VI Peel

VI Precision Plus Peel (for pigmentation)

VI Peel (acne)

 It is common knowledge in the esthetic industry that chemical peels have a bad reputation and patients are often afraid of them. What is it that clients fear and are there truths to these apprehensions? Just like any other advanced skincare treatment there are risks and benefits. However, when treatments are done by properly trained professionals, the benefits to the skin far outweigh the risks. When trying to choose the appropriate treatment for you it is important to research the risks and benefits thoroughly prior to committing. There are many common misconceptions about chemical peels and deciphering fact from fiction is the first step to understanding if this treatment is right for you.


Myth #1
Chemical peels will leave you with significant downtime

Truth
People tend to associate chemical peels with the infamous Sex and the City episode where Samantha had a chemical peel and looked as if she was severely burned with sheets of skin falling off. This is usually only the result of a very deep chemical peel performed by a physician. These types of chemical peels (most commonly phenol) are not often performed anymore because now there are laser treatments that provide this very deep resurfacing with fewer side effects and less downtime. There are many different types of peels available. Some of these peels are very mild with no visible exfoliation or downtime at all including alpha and beta hydroxy peels. There are deeper peels such as Jessners or TCA that are stronger and may leave visible peeling and slight redness. For instance doing a series of these peels can give you the results of one very deep peel without the downtime or the "Samantha" look.

Myth #2
Chemical peels can be performed at home

Truth
Just because there are peels available on-line or even at the local drug store, does not mean that they should be performed at home by untrained individuals. The superficial peels sold at the local drugstore, although still dangerous in the wrong hands cannot give you the results you would get from a professional peel. On the other hand, there are many websites that are now selling professional level peels to anyone without as much as a cosmetology license. At our office we get many calls from clients that have performed peels by themselves and caused irreparable damage to the skin, including hyper or hypo-pigmentation and even scarring. These deeper peels should only be performed by medical professionals or specially trained estheticians working in a medical office. There are many steps that go into these treatments besides applying the product. There are medical questionnaires that need to be thoroughly reviewed for possible contraindications. For instance if someone is prone to cold sores or has an active cold sore, applying a chemical peel can cause a herpetic breakout over the entire face that can eventually lead to scarring. The skin also needs to be cared for properly before, during and after the procedure. These "on-line" peels most often do not come with instructions and clients find themselves spending more money in the long run on expensive medical appointments and cosmetic treatments to try and repair the damage.   

During a free consultation, your ATL SKIN Expert  will help you decide which chemical peel is best for you. For more information or to schedule your free consultation, please contact us or call us at 404-296-8000 or email us at info@atlderm.com. 

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