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Chemical Peel

Chemical Peels (Medical Facials) - Vancouver, WA

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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.

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.

Custom Facial

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.

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Chemical Peel FAQs

How Painful?

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.

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