Chemical Peels

Chemical peeling is a technique used to improve the appearance of the skin. A chemical solution is applied to the skin which causes the very top-most layers to separate and peel away, allowing new skin to regenerate. The new skin is smoother with fewer wrinkles than old skin, and may also have a more even tone or color.

Peel Categories

There are three basic categories of chemical peels. Each type works differently, and produces different results. Your treatment recommendations will be tailored to the needs of your skin. In general, the stronger the chemical, the deeper the peel, and the more impressive the results. However, deeper peels often come along with greater discomfort and longer recovery times.

  • PCA Peels
  • TCA Peels
  • Jessners Peel

Frequent Questions

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Alphahydroxy acids (AHAs), Betahydroxy acids (BHAs) are considered light peels or “lunch hour” peels and is the mildest chemical peel procedure available. These peels include glycolic, lactic, and fruit acid peels (AHA) or Salicylic Acid (BHA). They remove only the outer layers of the skin to smooth out fine wrinkles and/or rough, dry skin. AHA and Beta lift peels may also be used to improve the texture of sun-damaged skin, balance out skin pigmentation, or diminish some types of acne scars. These peels are often repeated to achieve the desired results.

The application of AHA and Beta lift peels are relatively fast and simple. These peels are generally performed in the doctor’s office. No sedation or anesthesia is required, since the patient only experiences a slight stinging when the solution is applied. The treatment usually takes about 15-20 minutes, however, concentration of the chemical solution or the length of treatment time may vary depending upon patient.

We begin by thoroughly cleansing the area to be treated. Next, we will apply the AHA solution, wait up to 15 minutes, and then remove it. After the procedure, no ointments or salves will be necessary to cover the treated area. Monthly or weekly repetition is common.

Trichloroacetic acids (TCA) A TCA solution is used for medium depth peels. This is generally used to treat skin with moderate sun damage, surface wrinkles, and/or uneven tone or pigment abnormalities. Full-face TCA peels take approximately 15 minutes.

Before applying the chemical solution, a member of the Azura Medical Spa team will thoroughly cleanse the area to be treated. A sedative may be given, but TCA peels often do not require anesthesia because the solution itself has a numbing effect on the skin. At first, the patient may feel a warm or burning sensation, followed by stinging. Sometimes two or more TCA peel treatments, at intervals of one to two months, are necessary to achieve the desired results. The TCA peels can be used in varying concentrations, the higher concentrations may require oral or liquid anesthesia medication.

Due to the discomfort and high reports of burning and even scarring, Azura Medical Spa does not endorse, nor does it offer Deep Chemical Peels. Our years of practice and extensive industry research has shown that Laser- and Light-based therapies are safer, more comfortable replacements for deep peels.

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