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Chemical Peels - FAQs

What are chemical  peels?
Ageless Remedies medical estheticians apply glycolic, salicylic or alpha hydroxy
acids (AHA), trichloroacetic acid (TCA), or other solutions to your skin.  Each solution has a specific role in treating your condition.  Those treatments:
* Reduce fine lines and wrinkles
* Reduce hyperpigmentation: age spots and brown patches (Melasma)
* Treat acne
* Improve the look and feel of skin that is dull in color or has a rough texture
* Reduce the appearance of scars and stretch marks

How will I know which peel to consider?
All skin types will respond to peels.  The results depend upon the type of peel and the condition being treated.  A free consultation is necessary to establish the goals and options before the treatment.

Will I actually peel?
In order to improve your appearance, peels remove the upper layer of skin to
expose the new undamaged skin.  The amount of "peeling" depends upon the patient's skin condition, the amount of solution used, the peel's incubation period and the type of peel performed. Some patients experience great results without seeing noticeable "peeling".

The areas of the skin which are particularly damaged or dry, may experience more physical peeling as the skin sloughs off.

How Should I Prepare for My Peel?
Peels expose new skin to the environment.  So prior to the peel, you should stop using certain photosensitivity drugs (such as anti-virals or antibiotics) and topical skin care products such as Retin-A or acids.  Check with our medical estheticians to determine the contraindicators.

What should I expect?
Ageless Remedies performs several different types of peels.  In the procedure, the skin is thoroughly cleansed with an agent that removes excess oils and the eyes and hair are protected. One or more solutions are applied to the area being treated.  During the procedure, most patients experience a warm sensation that lasts about five to ten minutes, followed by a stinging sensation. Cool compresses may be applied to help alleviate this stinging. You should always inform your technician as to the level of warmth you are experiencing.  A neutralizing solution will be applied to stop the reaction of the peel.  Peels usually take from 30 to 45 minutes.  They can be used for treatment every 3 to 4 weeks.

Chemical peels generally cause the skin to exfoliate.  Some patients peel and others do not.  If you peel, it would begin 36 – 48 hours following the treatment and continue for a couple days up to a week, depending upon the depth of treatment and the amount of skin to be sloughed. 

The chemical peel results in exposing smooth, unblemished skin for a clean softer look.

Can skin rejuvenation through chemical peels be performed on areas of the body?
Yes.  Areas that have acne breakouts, scarring, hyperpigmentation and other skin concerns can be treated with a peel.  These areas include the arms, hands, back, shoulders, neck, chest and of course, the face.

Does having a chemical peel hurt?
No.  The patient may feel warmth or a light stinging after the peel is applied.  This occurs when the peel has been activated and will subside when it is neutralized 10 - 15 minutes.
Is there downtime with a peel?
The skin may feel like it has had a mild sunburn from 2 to 48 hours after the treatment.  There is no downtime other than your personal concern about the amount of peeling you want to show the outside world.  If you peel, it normally will start 36 - 48 hours after the treatment and may continue for an additional 2 - 10 days.

How much will a chemical peels cost? 
The costs vary according to the peel but usually are between $69 and $125. 

Levulan Photo Dynamic Peels are done in two steps, over a day, can be light activated and will cost between $275 and $600.