Chemical peels provide a gentle, controlled injury to the outer layer of the skin to reveal smooth and healthy skin beneath. They can reduce the appearance of facial blemishes, wrinkles, and uneven skin pigmentation. Chemical peels may be performed in conjunction with a facelift, but they are not a substitute for surgery.
Dr. Naidu uses the PCA Skin System exclusively for chemical peels, as these are highly effective and safe peels which combine both scientifically proven and natural ingredients for optimal results. The choice of peel is determined during the patient’s initial consultation, and is based upon the patient’s examination and areas of concern. The peels offered include the PCA Peel®, TCA peels (Sensi Peel®, Ultra Peel® I, Ultra Peel® Forte), retinol treatments (Esthetique Peel, Ultra Peel® II), and salicylic acid peels (Clarifying Mask, Pumpkin Peel). Several peel alternatives, including the Oxygenating Trio, are also available. The Oxygenating Trio is an antioxidant therapy which corrects and prevents free radical damage to the skin. Unlike chemical peels, it is safe for use in pregnant and lactating women (with obstetrician approval). Hydroquinone-containing products are not used in our office.
It is generally recommended that chemical peels be performed on a regular basis to maintain results. Chemical peels are done in the office and take 20-30 minutes to perform. Most patients describe only a temporary stinging sensation as the peel is applied. Following the peel, a treatment plan for the skin will be prescribed. Patients may return to normal activity immediately. The level of peeling varies from patient to patient, and is dependent upon not only the peel selected, but also the individual patient’s skin.