Simple Skin Renewal
The chemical peels at MUSE medical spa help rejuvenate the skin by stimulating cell renewal with an easy and low risk treatment.
Basics of Chemical Peels
At MUSE, we offer a variety of chemical peel service that helps to reduce the appearance of clogged pores, acne, age spots, blemishes, fine lines, and wrinkles. Facial chemical peels also support collagen to promote healthier looking skin over time. This is achieved through the application of acids to remove layers of the skin. The peel helps to stimulate cell renewal and regeneration of important skin cells. Due to the easy application and low risk of chemical peels, they can be easily combined with basic home care products and other treatments to maximize results for specific patients.
Types of Chemical Peels
There are a few basic types of peels that can be used based on the patient’s skin type:
- Superficial/Lunchtime Peel: Uses alpha-hydroxy acid or a similar mild acid to treat only the outer layer of skin and exfoliate it. This can help ease the appearance of skin discoloration and rough skin, and refreshes the face, neck, or hands.
- Medium Peel: Targets the outer and middle layers of the skin using glycolic or trichloroacetic acid to remove damaged skin cells. This primarily is used to treat age spots, fine lines and wrinkles, as well as freckles and skin discoloration.
- Deep Peel: Trichloroacetic acid or phenol is used to deeply penetrate the middle layer of skin to further remove damaged skin cells. This results in a dramatic reduction of fine lines, age spots, and shallow scars.
What to Expect?
There are a few important considerations to make before proceeding with a chemical peel treatment, be sure to receive an evaluation from a medical practitioner prior to treatment. Some complications or side effects that can occur from a chemical peel include a temporary or permanent change in skin color (particularly for women who become pregnant or on birth control), light scarring, and reactivation of cold sores.
After treatment, all types of chemical peels will require follow-up care. The skin affected by the peel will require 1-21 days to heal depending on the strength of the peel.
- Superficial/Lunchtime Peel Healing time: 1 - 7 Days. Will initially have some red discoloration, some lotion should be applied until the skin heals.
- Medium Peel Healing Time: 7 - 14 Days. Treated skin may be red and swollen for the first 48 hours. Skin should be soaked daily for a specific amount of time, in addition to ointment application. Mild lotion and antiviral medication will be suggested for 10-14 days.
- Deep Peel Healing Time: 14 - 21 Days. Treated skin will be bandaged during recovery, and must be soaked four to six times per day, followed by ointment application for the first 14 days. Mild lotion and antiviral medication will be used for 10 - 14 days, along with a thick moisturizer. Avoiding sun exposure for three to six months will be required (camouflage makeup may be worn after 14 days.
Sun exposure and smoking must be limited after a chemical peel as they can cause unwanted side effects, including infection and scarring.
Chemical Peels Results
Chemical peels can improve the skin's overall appearance on the face, neck, or hands. They can also be used to improve the appearance of: fine lines, sun damage wrinkles, mild scars, mild acne, age spots, and freckles.