Chemical Peels

 

Chemical peels are applied in the office. The procedure takes about 30 minutes.

A chemical peel is a procedure performed at Blue Haven Medical Spa to give your skin several benefits. Chemical peels repair skin damage and slow the aging process, giving you optimal skin for your chronological age.  They are also an extremely effective way to treat acne and its complications.  We offer many types of chemical peels to help you meet your appearance goals.  Chemical peels basically involve applying layers of a chemical onto the face or body, then applying a soothing moisturizer and sunblock.  For most of our chemical peels, the chemical is left on the skin overnight (or a minimum of 4 hours), then washed off at home.  Over the next few days, the outer layers of skin are gradually removed leaving new, rejuvenated skin.  The new skin is smoother, firmer, more radiant and has a more even color tone and texture.  Clients experience these skin benefits after their first chemical peel, but can have even more dramatic improvement with repeated chemical peels.  Ideally, a series of six chemical peels is performed, each performed 3-4 weeks apart.

Is there a lot of downtime involved with a chemical peel?

The amount of skin exfoliation (and thus downtime) depends on a few factors.  Depending on your goals, you may choose to have a deeper chemical peel.  The deeper the chemical penetrates, the faster you will see amazing results.  However, this also means more exfoliation and possibly some redness or swelling of the skin for a few days.  Superficial chemical peels have very mild skin flaking and most people can return to their usual activities the next day.  For deeper chemical peels, all clients at Blue Haven Medical Spa are prepared with a skin regimen for 3-4 weeks before their first chemical peel.  This regimen removes the outer dead skin cells and speeds up skin recovery.  This reduces the amount of visible exfoliation after a chemical peel and thus minimizes downtime.  In addition, by already removing the outer skin layers, the chemical peel itself can penetrate deeper giving you an optimal result.  The entire healing process is generally complete after one week.

What sorts of skin problems can chemical peels correct?

Depending on the combination of chemicals used, a chemical peel can treat acne, hyperpigmentation (such as liver/age spots, melasma, skin darkening from acne breakouts, and sun damage), signs of aging (fine lines, loss of elasticity, thinning skin, uneven skin color), large pores, rosacea, and dry skin.

Can chemical peels be used anywhere on the body?

Most chemical peels are performed on the face, but Blue Haven Medical Spa has an effective chemical peel option that can be used on any skin surface.  Some common uses of this chemical peel include acne breakouts on the back and chest, visible aging on the neckline and cleavage, thinning skin on the arms and legs, pigmentation/freckles in areas of sun damage, dry or tough skin on the bottoms of the feet, or general treatment of rough and dry skin.  A body peel can be performed on up to 25% of the body surface in a session.

Are chemical peels painful?

Chemical peels usually cause a tingling or hot/flushing sensation in the skin.  The intensity of these sensations is dependent upon your skin’s sensitivity and the depth of the chemical peel.  The deeper the chemical peel, the more intense the sensation.  As layers of chemical are applied, the intensity increases.  Blue Haven Medical Spa only performs chemical peels in the safest way possible.  If a chemical peel is ever too intense, no additional layers are applied and a soothing moisturizer is applied to stop the discomfort.  Most people are not bothered by the level of tingling/heat in a chemical peel.

How much does it cost?

Our lighter peels from PCA Skin are $165 each.  However, because clients experience much greater benefits from a series of six chemical peels, if you purchase a package of 5 peels, you receive the 6th one free for a total of $825.  Our medium depth peel from Jan Marini Skin Research, the Transformation Peel, retails at $300. For deeper facial chemical peels, all patients should use a customized skin regimen for 3-4 weeks prior to the chemical peel (and between peels if being done in a series).    These products include pigment suppressors and retinol to maximize the results of the peel and to speed the healing process.    Body peel pricing depends on the size of the area, and ranges between $100 (small areas, such as feet or hands) to $225 (large area, such as full back).