Chemical peel uses a chemical solution to improve and smooth the texture of the facial skin by removing its damaged outer layers. It is helpful for those individuals with facial blemishes, wrinkles, and uneven skin pigmentation. The precise formula used may be adjusted to meet each patient's needs. Although chemical peel may be performed in conjunction with a facelift, it is not a substitute for such surgery, nor will it prevent or slow the aging process. A chemical peel is most commonly performed for cosmetic reasons -- to enhance the patient’s appearance and their self confidence. Chemical peel may also remove pre-cancerous skin growths, soften acne facial scars, and even control acne. The Medical Spa at PeaceHealth Medical Group in Southwest Washington offers many chemical peels including TCA, AHA, SkinMedica, and Epionce, as well as a customized facial for patients who need a gentler treatment.
Chemical Peel Reviews
"In the Competitive Field of Plastic Surgery – Dr Gabriel Stands out As the Leader in the Industry. Vancouver, WA - My procedures/products: Gummy Bear breast Implants – above the muscleJuvederm Voluma – cheeks and lipsLatisse – eye lashesSkin Medica Products: TNS Essential Serum, Lytera, Retinol Complex, Daily Physical Defense Sunscreen.Skin peelsLaser treatmentsThe above list sounds really long, time consuming and expensive but what really was shocking to me was how quick and easy everything was.Choosing to have elective plastic surgery was a huge decision for me to make and I knew the key to success of the surgery would be in the hands of the surgeon that I entrusted my body to. I work in the healthcare field and my job places me in contact with literally hundreds of physician’s offices. It is amazing what you can tell about an office the minute you walk into the waiting room. The best words to describe my initial impression of Dr. Gabriel’s office are caring, professional, technologically advanced and classy. I felt that was a great start. At my first meeting with Dr. Gabriel I was amazed not only at his expertise but his sincere compassion, interest and kindness that he directed at me as his patient. He took the time to really listen to what I wanted and he came up with a plan that turned out INCREDIBLE! I call it my “Mid-life Makeover” this is what happened next:Skin Products:I started seeing Dr. Gabriel’s esthetician Jauna, for skin peels, laser treatments and facial products. She is a very knowledgeable professional who changed what I will use on my skin FOREVER by introducing me to a line of products by SkinMedica. What amazing products! I had no reaction to any of the products or the chemical peel. With my history of severe allergic reaction to anything I use on my skin (including anaphylaxis after a facial) I must say I was in total awe! On day one, I waited for the red irritated feeling that I usually get and nothing happened. On day two I really expected to see signs of a rash, still nothing. On day three I literally looked at the products sitting on my counter and said out loud, "Where have you been all my life?”. On day seven, I gathered up hundreds of dollars worth of prescription creams and expensive facial products that I had purchased and I threw them all away. 3 Dermatologists and one Allergist could not figure out what was happening with my skin and the best explanation they could come up with was Roscea combined with skin changes during menopause. After one week using the SkinMedica products I could feel the difference and after one month I could really see the difference. No more irritation and the fine lines are gone! The products are a little pricey but after using them, quite honestly they are worth every single penny in results. Latisse:About 2 years ago, I noticed that my eyelashes were getting pretty thin and definitely were much shorter. I started using Latisse every night before I went to bed and within about a month my eyelashes were noticeably thicker and definitely longer. After two months I had nice full and long looking lashes. Laser Treatment/ Skin Peels: Next came some quick and easy laser zaps that took care of the little spider veins on my face. In literally minutes the annoying spider veins that had been on my face for years were completely gone. Crazy fast treatment with huge results! Also, equally quick face peels which sound a little intimidating but they are really easy. Basically the product is wiped on and within about 3 days my face began to peel like after a sunburn. I just made sure I had moisturizer on hand to apply throughout my workday. After a couple of days the peeling was gone, as were some of the fine lines in my face, and my skin felt so smooth. The only word of caution I found with face peels is to avoid having one done at least a week before a big event so all the peeling is completely gone.Juvederm Voluma – cheeks and lips:I had the Juvederm Voluma done at the same time as my breast implants. Ladies, waking up after surgery and having perfect breasts AND a face that looks years younger is a feeling like no other! I will be hooked on Juvederm Voluma for life! I had some slight swelling on my cheeks and lips and a light bruise on one cheek. The light bruise was easy to cover with make-up and was gone in about 5 days. The swelling in my cheeks went down really fast and was gone in less than 48 hours. My lips took about two weeks for the swelling to go completely away. I took 10 days off work and went back looking very well rested. That is the great thing about having Juviderm done correctly, people notice that you look really good, well rested, more youthful but it doesn’t look like you have had “work” done on your face.Gummy Bear Implants (above the muscle):As I discussed above, my first appointment was a consultation with Dr. Gabriel to discuss my plan. The next appointment his office staff coordinated for me to go from one specialized member of his staff to another – with basically no waiting in between. First, I worked with his Surgical Nurse, who educated me on the different types of implants and answered all my questions on the actual procedure. I was even able to feel all of the actual implants so I could choose the product that was right for me. Next, I saw his awesome nurse Ashlie, who gave me different sizes of implants to try on until I narrowed my choice down to two sizes. Then the real fun began. She took pictures of my breasts and put those pictures into the computer where she then added the breast implant sizes that I picked out. I was able to see myself with the “new body” in 3 D. It was truly amazing and super helpful in choosing the right size. I was then sent home with the size implant I chose to try out. Trying on clothes and experimenting with the look of the implants was very helpful in determining what size I truly was comfortable with. While I was getting to know my implants, Dr. Gabriel was busy studying my 3D pictures. At my next appointment we went over size and positioning. Dr. Gabriel had determined that due to an irregular shaped rib cage I would need mesh to keep my breasts pointing forward (one tended to wander off to the right). I also told him that I felt the implant that I had chosen was slightly too large. He was totally in tune to what I was saying and the look that I was going for and we decided on a slightly smaller size. Dr. Gabriel sent me home with all my pre-op instructions, which included a vitamin regiment, what to expect the day of surgery and post op instructions. Every detail was covered.On the day of surgery, surprisingly I was not afraid. Dr. Gabriel and his staff had answered all my questions so I just felt excitement. I had the Gummy Bear implants placed above the muscle with mesh. Since I had mesh placed, I also needed to have drains for about a week. Waking up from surgery and getting my first look at my new breasts was pretty cool. Dr. Gabriel nailed the size spot on and the shape of the Gummy Bears looked absolutely natural. For the first time in my life, I looked at my breasts and thought they were absolutely perfect.Dr. Gabriel’s post op care was incomparable. He called to check on me the evening after surgery as well as the following day. At my in office post-op he checked me over carefully to make sure I was on track and happy with my results. I could not have been happier! I drove 200 miles from where I live to have Dr. Gabriel do my “Midlife Makeover” so he made sure that I was in good shape to drive home. I had the surgery done on a Friday and I drove the 200 miles home after my post-op appointment on Tuesday. It has now been 4 months since my “Mid-life Makeover” and I am so grateful for the experience. At that inevitable time in a woman’s life when you have to work twice as hard to keep everything from heading South, it was wonderful to get a “lift”. The makeover started a chain reaction in me which caused me to start workin"- R. / RealSelf / Jun 16, 2015
"Ashley gave me a chemical peel yesterday. She did the vitalize peel. Ashley was easy to talk to, made sure I was comfortable and very professional ! I highly recommend you see her for your skin concerns !"- S.J. / Yelp / Sep 30, 2017
Types of Chemical Peels
TCA Chemical Peel
Trichloroacetic acid (TCA) can be used in many concentrations, but it is most commonly used for medium-depth peeling. Fine surface wrinkles, superficial blemishes and pigment problems are commonly treated with TCA.
AHA Chemical Peel
Alphahydroxy acids (AHAs), such as glycolic, lactic, or fruit acids are the mildest of the peel formulas and produce light peels. These types of peels can provide smoother, brighter-looking skin for people who can't spare the time to recover from a TCA peel. AHA peels may be used to treat fine wrinkling, areas of dryness, uneven pigmentation and acne.
SkinMedica® Vitalize Peel®
SkinMedica Vitalize Peel is only available through a licensed medical professional to treat mild to moderate skin imperfections such as fine lines, wrinkles, and uneven texture. Patients will see results after 1 peel, but most patients see their best results after 3 – 6 peels.
Epionce Chemical Peel
Epionce peel system is a physician-strength chemical peel that improves the appearance and texture of the skin by stimulating cell regeneration. The Epionce peel works well on signs of aging, hyperpigmentation, acne, and rosacea. The aesthetician is able to customize the treatment to best suit the needs of the patient.
For patients who do not want or need a chemical peel, The Medical Spa offers 1 hour customized facials. After speaking to the patient and examining their skin, the licensed aesthetician will create a treatment plan based on the patient’s needs.
During/After the Procedure
The chemical application for a peel follows similar steps. The only difference will be the type of acid solution used, the amount applied, and the period of time that it is left on the skin. Once the chemical reaches the target skin layers, a neutralizer will be applied to immediately stop the effects of the acid. Downtime depends on what kind of peel is done. There is no downtime for mild peels but for deep peels, patient will be in a healing process up to 14 days. After the treatment, it is important that the patient allow the peeling process to occur naturally and do not assist in peeling or pulling at the skin. It is also extremely important to avoid sun exposure for a period of time after the treatment.
Plan Your Procedure
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- 10-15 Minutes
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Chemical Peel FAQs
Depending on the peel used, there may be some general discomfort. With the lighter peels, patients will feel some stinging but it goes away quickly with the use of a handheld fan. The peeling process itself does not cause any pain. Medium and deep peels are more painful, and thus skin medications and antibiotics may be used to assist with any discomfort.
Peel or Dermabrasion?
Dermabrasion is a facial rejuvenation procedure that treats surface irregularities, giving the skin a softer appearance. Dermabrasion works in many ways similar to a chemical peel. The difference, is that dermabrasion use surgical tools (a rotating brush or shaving instrument) to remove the top layer of skin through a surgical scraping process. A chemical peel uses a caustic solution that is rubbed into the skin. Both techniques result in a brighter, smoother complexion.
Other Options For Me?
There are many skin treatments to consider depending on the patient’s aesthetic goals and skin condition. Chemical peels promote new skin regeneration and is best to treat skin irregularities. For facial conditions in which wrinkles are significant, a BOTOX or injectable filler may be a better option. There are also a number of laser treatments to consider as well.