Deep Chemical Peels
DEEP PEEL - Deep Peels, such as Skin Medica's Vitalize Peel, penetrate several layers of the skin and cause a second-degree burn of the skin. These peels are used only on the face, usually using a chemical called phenol. Deep peels are not safe for darker skin because of the risk of hyperpigmentation (bleaching of the skin). This is a risk even in lighter-skinned people, as phenol peels, or any type of deep resurfacing, runs a risk of bleaching the skin. A deep peel can only be done once in most cases. Deep peels may eliminate wrinkles, tighten skin, treat pronounced sun damage, lesions and growth on the skin in a single treatment. These results are often dramatic.
Deep peels take the most time of all of the peels, and are the most painful. You may be given an oral sedative and pain relievers, possibly in the form of a shot or IV injection. General anesthesia may also be used. One area at a time will be treated, with a 15 minute break before the next area is treated to avoid too much chemical from getting into your system.
After a deep peel, The skin remains extremely red for between three weeks to up to 2 months for some people. Skin re-growth takes between 10 to 14 days after a deep peel. Most people take about two weeks off from work. Complete healing of the skin may take several months. You may be given oral pain relievers to reduce pain after the peel. You may also be given a short course of antibiotic and antiviral medicines to prevent infection after the peel. Some people experience severe swelling, especially around the eve area. Proper care is extremely important after the peel to speed healing and prevent infection. You may have to return several times to the plastic surgeon's office to have the wound checked and cleaned.
Deep peels are used to treat severe wrinkles, long-term sun damage, pronounced pigment changed, and lesions and growths on the skin. These peels are only done on the face, and not on darker skin types because of the risk of bleaching the skin. A single deep peel may eliminate wrinkles and tighten the skin. These results are often dramatic. In general, a person can only have one deep peel.
- Eliminate wrinkles, longer-term sun damage, pronounced pigment changes
- Treats lesions and growths on the skin
- Only done on the face
- Tightens the skin
- Only one peel is done
- Extremely invasive
Our deep peels currently include the Skin Medica Vitalize Peel, Jessener's Peel, and Obagi Blue Peel, and are offered through our Med Spa.