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Chemical Peels

Physician grade facial peels are used to gently exfoliate the skin, increasing cell turnover and increasing collagen stimulation. 
Professional medical grade chemical peels dramatically promote cell renewal, resulting in smoother, tighter skin. It reduces surface bacteria, resulting in fewer acne breakouts,  brightens the skin and
lightens brown spots, reduces acne scars.  Hydration of the skin can also be achieved while wrinkles are dramatically reduced.  
We customize our chemical peels according to your skin specifications.  We also offer peels for your decollete, abdomen, elbows, feet or anywhere else your body might need extra exfoliation.

The benefits of chemical peels are:

  • No down time
  • Reduces wrinkles and fine lines
  • Reduces sun damage and enlarged pores
  • Reduces brown spots , age and liver spots (lentigines) for a more clear skin tone
  • Reduces freckles, hyperpigmentation, and melasma (mask of pregnancy)
  • Reduces acne
  • Reduces acne scars
  • Stimulates new collagen production

Chemical Peels with Hydroquinone

This formula is for those who want even skin tone and have no sensitivity to hydroquinone. It will correct melasma, sun damage and all pigment discolorations of any kind. It will inhibit active acne and correct post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (brown-spots) from acne. PCA Peels with hydroquinone can also be used to treat the neck and
chest for sun damage.

TCA Peels

These PCA peels are specially formulated to treat dehydrated, maturing skin.  These peels are  also appropriate for many skin types, conditions and sensitivities. It will help treat smoker’s skin, pigment disorders, sun damaged skin and acne and acne scars. This treatment is especially ideal for sensitive skin, as it produces only a mild tingling sensation. Moderate to aggressive exfoliation will be experienced, depending on the number of layers applied. Overall, the final result will be plump, hydrated and ultra-
soft clear skin tone.  For more dramatic results, these peels can be used in conjunction with microdermabrasion facial treattments. 

Sensi Peel® Exfoliating Treatment

These peels are formulated primarily for ethnic skin, and other extremely sensitive skin types such as rosacea prone skin. Sensi Peels will strengthen and brighten the skin while helping to treat sun damage and other forms of hyperpigmentation (skin discoloration). This multi-faceted treatment also provides anti-inflammatory, anti-acne and antibacterial action, making it an excellent choice for helping calm rosacea, as redness and inflammation can subside substantially after treatment.

Advanced Peels

This skin treatment combines the luxuries of a chemical peel suited to your skin type, in conjunction with a microdermabrasion treatment.  It involves a two-step process; first microdermabrasion buffs away the dull outer layer, second a chemical peel is immediately applied to absorb deeper into the dermis.  Rapidly promotes cell renewal resulting in the diminishing of wrinkles.  Increases collagen formation for tighter, supple clear skin and lightening of hyperpigmentation to even out skin tone.  Leaves your skin radiant and glowing!

Most Commonly Askes Questions

Q. How much downtime is expected with chemical peels?
A. There is no downtime whatsoever with Physician’s Choice™
chemical peels. You can actually receive a peel on your lunch hour
and return to work.

Q.When will I start "peeling", for how long and how much?
A. Everyone’s experience with peels will be different. However, on average,
you will see flaking by day two or three following the treatment. It is
possible to see flaking for up to five or six days. With all Physician’s
Choice™ peels, only light to medium exfoliation will be experienced.

Q. How irritating are peels?
A. PCA peels are only slightly irritating. You may experience mild burning or stinging, which is transient.

Q. What peels can be used on someone who frequently works out?
A. Someone who frequently works out can have any peel but must wait 48 hours after the treatment to exercise. If you don’t want to wait, the Non-Burning Facial Peel is a great choice. This treatment uses our Ultra Peel™ II which is an acid-free, time-released retinol cream. It has a delayed flaking action that creates no irritation or downtime and leaves the skin glowing and hydrated.

Q. My skin is very thin. Why would I want to peel? Wouldn’t that make my skin thinner?
A. If your skin is dry and thin, often there is a buildup of dead cells that actually keeps your home care products from penetrating. Having an Ultra Peel™ treatment will remove the surface buildup, hydrate the skin and give it a more plump, "thicker" appearance.
The use of Vitamin C products in the treatment, as well as in your home care program, will help to build the collagen in your skin, thus making it stronger and more durable.

Q. Can pregnant or lactating women receive peels?
A. Not all of our peels.  Pregnanat and Lactating women can receive our Oxygenating Peels.

Q. Can someone using Retin-A® or Accutane® have any Physician’s Choice™ peels?
A. We generally recommend that Retin-A® use be stopped five days prior to peels and five days post treatment because of potential irritation and uneven peel penetration. Accutane® users tend to have very dry and sensitive skin and need to be treated only with peels that are appropriate for their skin type. We have found that the Physician’s Choice™ peel solutions are Accutane® friendly. However, your skin care specialist should always be made aware of any Retin-A® or Accutane® use.

Q. I thought TCA was very aggressive and required a week at home
for recovery. Why is this not true of your Ultra Peel™ that is 10% TCA?

A. Ultra Peel™ is effective because of its formulation, but works in a way that does not traumatize the skin like traditional, straight TCA peels. As with all other Physician’s Choice™ peels, there is no downtime. Following an Ultra Peel™, the skin is glowing and
hydrated; exfoliation occurs more as flaking.

After receiving your chemical peel facial, you may experience some light flaking in a few localized areas for up to five days and slight redness for one to twelve hours. Although you may or may not actually "peel" during the first one or two treatments, you will probably experience slight exfoliation and your skin will feel tight and pulled.

The following post-treatment tips are recommended to maximize the benefits of the chemical peel for your skin:

- Do not apply any medications following your chemical peel that's not recommended by your technician, including AHA products.
- It is ideal to let the skin stabilize and rest overnight, but makeup can be applied following the treatment if absolutely necessary.
- Avoid direct sun exposure and excessive heat. Use sunscreen for daily protection.
- Do no pick at or pull on any loosening or exfoliating skin. This could potentially cause hyperpigmentation.
- Do NOT go to a tanning booth for a least three weeks before or after a chemical peel facial.
- Discontinue the use of Retin-A®/Renova® or Differin® for seven days after treatment.
- Do not have electrolysis, collagen injections, facial waxing or use depilatories for approximately five days after the chemical peel.

For Two Days Following Chemical Peels:
- Do not apply ice or cold water to the treated areas.
- Do not put the face directly into a hot shower spray. Do not use jacuzzis, steam rooms or saunas.
- Do not go swimming or participate in activities that would cause excessive perspiration.
- Do not use any means of mechanical exfoliation.
- Do not direct a hair dryer onto the treated area.
- Stay cool! Getting heated internally can cause hyperpigmentation.


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