Microdermabrasion/Chemical Facial Peel
The Therapy Extenders
Although microdermabrasion and chemical peels have been replaced as primary therapies by newer and more effective procedures, they are still very useful for maintaining your skin’s texture and tone between visits, or as preliminary skin preparation for more advanced treatments. In many ways, microdermabrasion and chemical peels are even more important in their maintenance role, because it is precisely these “in between” times that we tend to let our skin care lapse. Both of these procedures can extend the effect of your primary therapy.
Chemical peels are great for people whose skin shows premature aging due to sun exposure, fine lines, brown marks, and sun related dry spots. Chemical peels can also stabilize oily or acne prone skin and can be part of an anti-acne program along with the use of our simple acne skin care program.
Microdermabrasion provides gentle but deeper exfoliating than can be obtained from any over-the-counter products, resulting in softer, more even looking skin tone and texture. Both microdermabrasion and chemical peels are great for busy people who want no downtime, immediate results, and are interested in good long-term skin maintenance.
Microdermabrasion/Chemical Facial Peel FAQs
How does microdermabrasion work?
Microdermabrasion has been around since the 1980′s and involves blowing tiny particles against the skin and then vacuuming them away. This removes the superficial layers of skin, exposing the underlying fresh new healthy skin. Usually a series of treatments is repeated weekly or biweekly for 6-16 weeks. The cumulative effect can be fairly significant. There is no downtime and one can return to work or other activities immediately.
What does it feel like?
You can definitely feel the particles against your skin but the experience is very comfortable. The skin may be slightly pink or sensitive after treatment but this usually lasts only 20 minutes. Direct exposure to the sun or tanning beds should be avoided immediately after treatments.
How does a chemical peel work?
Throughout life, surface skin cells are replaced by new fresher-looking skin cells. The rate of replacement slows with age and sun exposure. This results in surface skin layers that are dead and gives skin an aged, dull look. The chemical peel loosens the “glue” that holds skin cells to each other, allowing the dead skin to slough off. The now exposed underlying skin is newer and therefore has a more even color and texture.
What does a chemical peel feel like?
A chemical peel takes about 15-20 minutes and is usually repeated at one to two week intervals to allow for rapid recovery. The strength of the peel depends on the physician recommendation, the person’s skin condition and aesthetic goals, as well as skin sensitivity. The face is cleansed and then the chemical solution is applied for a few minutes. There is a mild astringent stinging sensation that might be felt. The solution is then removed. Treated skin may be pinkish immediately after treatment and minor peeling may occur over the next few days.