VI Chemical Peels

Rejuvenate your skin with VI chemical peels from Palm Beach Plastic & Cosmetic Surgery.

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Chemical Peels in West Palm Beach

Are you concerned about the signs of aging and your skin imperfections? Growing older comes with many perks, but some adults understandably feel self-conscious about their fine lines and wrinkles. For others, acne, discoloration, clogged pores, and other skin conditions impact their self-esteem. Fortunately, chemical peels can help you turn back the hands of time, restore your skin’s natural beauty, and give you a more youthful appearance.

At Palm Beach Plastic & Cosmetic Surgery, our highly trained medical estheticians have helped many patients with chemical peels. Sometimes called chemexfoliation, a chemical peel is a cosmetic procedure using chemical agents. At our office, we use Vitality Institute (VI) chemical peels containing trichloroacetic acid, phenol, and salicylic acid to treat unwanted skin conditions resulting from sun damage, age, and other factors.

Safe for almost all skin types and tones, chemical peels can help you look your best and feel confident when the camera flashes. These subtle, non-surgical procedures offer an unveiling by removing layers of damaged skin to reveal your deeper, healthier skin for a revitalized appearance and improved confidence.

What are the Benefits of Chemical Peels?

The beauty of a chemical peel lies in its simplicity. We apply a chemical solution to the skin, which causes the top layer to separate and peel off. Because the skin underneath is smoother in texture and more packed in color than this top layer, the result is a refreshed appearance.

Chemical peels can help manage various skin conditions and produce results you might not see with other treatment methods that may require extensive pretreatment skin care and lengthy recovery times.

Chemical peels offer the following benefits:

  • Reduced wrinkles and fine lines
  • Removal of acne scars
  • Reduction of enlarged pores
  • Treatment of mild acne symptoms
  • Management of hyperpigmentation
  • Requires only 30 minutes and gives you healthy, glowing skin in seven to 10 days

How Does a Chemical Peel Work?

A chemical peel is a cosmetic procedure involving the application of a chemical solution to the skin. This chemical solution contains various types of acids such as glycolic acid, salicylic acid, or trichloroacetic acid (TCA). The use of salicylic acid chemical peels and other specific acids used and their concentration depend on the patient’s desired depth of chemical peel and skin concerns.

A highly trained professional at Palm Beach Plastic & Cosmetic Surgery carefully applies the chemical solution to the skin. It works by causing controlled damage to the outermost layer of the skin, known as the epidermis, prompting the skin to regenerate and rejuvenate itself.

The depth of the peel determines the extent of exfoliation and the target area within the skin. There are three main types of chemical peels:

  1. Superficial Peel: This type of peel only affects the topmost layer of the skin, the epidermis. It helps to improve the texture, tone, and overall radiance of the skin. Superficial peels are often performed using mild acids such as glycolic acid or lactic acid. They require little to no downtime.
  2. Medium Peel: A medium-depth peel targets both the epidermis and the upper part of the dermis. It can address more significant concerns such as sun damage, fine lines, and pigmentation irregularities. Medium peels typically use TCA or a combination of TCA and other acids. The recovery period for a medium peel is longer, as the skin may appear red and require proper aftercare.
  3. Deep Peel: A deep peel penetrates deeper into the dermis. It is usually performed with a strong concentration of TCA or phenol. Deep peels can effectively treat severe sun damage, deep wrinkles, and certain types of scars. However, they require a lengthy recovery period, and the procedure is more invasive.

After applying the chemical solution, we leave it on the skin for a specific duration, depending on the type of peel. During this time, the solution breaks down the bonds between dead skin cells to promote shedding and stimulate the production of new skin cells.

Am I a Candidate for a Chemical Peel?

With even the most non-invasive procedure, questions are natural. While a chemical peel might not be suitable for everyone, patients who elect to have the procedures typically include those:

  • Looking to address wrinkles and deep creases
  • Bothered by premature aging lines
  • Wanting to correct uneven skin pigmentation
  • Looking for a solution to oily or acne-prone skin
  • Hoping to address large pores or soften the appearance of facial scars

What Can I Expect After a Chemical Peel?

After a chemical peel, your skin will go through a healing process as it recovers from the treatment. During this time, the old, damaged skin will gradually peel away, revealing smoother, brighter, healthier-looking skin underneath for a more youthful appearance. Specific expectations may vary depending on the depth of the peel and individual factors, but here are some general guidelines:

  • Redness and Sensitivity: Immediately following the peel, you may experience redness and sensitivity in the treated area. This is a normal response that typically subsides within a few hours to a few days, depending on the depth of the peel.
  • Peeling and Flaking: Within a few days after superficial peels or medium peels, you can expect the outermost layer of your skin to start peeling and flaking. This is a natural part of the exfoliation process and may last for about a week or longer, depending on the depth of the peel. It’s important not to pick or pull at the peeling skin to avoid potential complications and to allow the skin to heal properly.
  • Dryness and Tightness: Following a chemical peel, your skin may feel dry and tight, due to the removal of the topmost layer of skin and the temporary disruption of the skin’s barrier function. Keeping your skin moisturized with gentle, recommended products to prevent excessive dryness and promote healing is vital.
  • Sun Sensitivity: After a chemical peel, your skin will be more sensitive to the sun. It is crucial to protect your skin from direct sun exposure, as UV radiation can intensify the side effects of the peel and increase the risk of complications. Wear sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 30, seek shade, and use protective clothing when outdoors.
  • Results: As your skin heals and the peeling subsides, you will start to notice improvements in your skin’s texture, tone, and overall appearance. The results of a chemical peel can include smoother skin, diminished fine lines and wrinkles, improved pigmentation irregularities, and a more youthful complexion. However, the full results may take several weeks to become apparent as the skin continues to regenerate and renew itself.
  • Follow-up Care: We will provide you with specific post-treatment instructions tailored to your individual needs, which may include avoiding certain skincare products or treatments for a period of time and scheduling follow-up appointments as needed. Follow these instructions carefully to ensure proper healing and maximize the benefits of the chemical peel.

Is a Chemical Peel Good for Your Skin?

Chemical peels are good for your skin for various reasons, including:

  • Exfoliation: Chemical peels work by exfoliating the outermost layer of the skin. This process helps to remove dead skin cells, impurities, and debris that can accumulate on the surface over time. By effectively exfoliating the skin, chemical peels promote cellular turnover and reveal fresher, healthier-looking skin underneath.
  • Skin Rejuvenation: Chemical peels stimulate the production of collagen and elastin fibers in the skin. These proteins contribute to skin firmness, elasticity, and overall youthfulness. By encouraging collagen and elastin synthesis, chemical peels can help improve skin tone and texture while reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
  • Acne Treatment: Chemical peels can be an effective treatment for acne and acne scars. They help to unclog pores, reduce inflammation, and regulate oil production. By removing the top layer of dead skin cells and promoting skin renewal, chemical peels can improve the appearance of acne-prone skin and minimize the occurrence of breakouts.
  • Hyperpigmentation Reduction: Chemical peels can address hyperpigmentation issues such as sunspots, age spots, and melasma. The exfoliation process helps to fade pigmented areas by eliminating damaged skin cells and promoting the growth of new, evenly pigmented skin.
  • Skin Texture Improvement: Chemical peels can help smooth out uneven skin texture, including roughness, bumps, and superficial scars. By removing the outer layers of damaged skin, chemical peels encourage the growth of smoother, more refined skin.

The benefits of a chemical peel can vary depending on the depth of the peel, the specific concerns being addressed, and individual factors. Consulting with a Board-certified plastic surgeon or dermatologist is essential to determine the most suitable type and depth of chemical peel for your unique skin needs.

Before undergoing a chemical peel, schedule an appointment with our patient counselor to discuss your goals, expectations, and any potential risks or side effects. During that time, we will assess your skin condition, recommend the appropriate treatment plan, and provide you with detailed pre-treatment and post-treatment instructions to ensure optimal results and the overall health and well-being of your skin.

How Long Does a Chemical Peel Last?

Chemical peel results can vary in duration depending on the type and depth of the peel performed. Here is some information to provide an overview of how long a chemical peel may last:

  1. Light or Superficial Peel: A light or superficial chemical peel typically produces results that last for about 1 to 2 months initially when you start using the treatment. Over time, with regular maintenance and repeated peels, the results can be maintained and improved.
  2. Medium Peel: A medium-depth chemical peel can provide longer-lasting results compared to a light peel. The effects of a medium-depth peel can last for approximately 6 months or more. However, it is important to note that individual variations and factors such as skin type, lifestyle, and skincare routine can influence the longevity of the results.
  3. Deep Peel: Deep chemical peels, which penetrate the deepest layers of the skin, can offer more dramatic and long-lasting results. The effects of a deep peel can last for several years, and in some cases, they may not require follow-up treatments. However, deep peels are more invasive and require a longer recovery period.

The duration of chemical peel results vary from person to person, depending on various factors, including the individual’s skin condition, lifestyle, and ongoing skincare regimen. Maintaining good skincare practices, protecting the skin from sun damage, and following post-peel instructions we provide can help prolong the results.

How Much Do Chemical Peels Cost?

The cost of a chemical peel from a hinges on several factors such as the type of peel. A deep chemical peel may cost more than a medium chemical peel or a light chemical peel. Each patient’s unique needs and goals will dictate whether a light chemical peel, a medium peel, or a deep chemical peel is required to give them their desired results. For your convenience, we accept CareCredit, cash, checks, and credit cards, and offer other financing options, so you can improve your skin appearance and enjoy renewed confidence.

Results and Recovery: What Should You Do After a
Chemical Peel Procedure?

During a chemical peel, our estheticians will apply the chemical compounds to your skin to strip away the outermost layer. This process removes skin cells and encourages your body to produce healthier new ones. You’ll want to care for your skin properly after the procedure to achieve the best results.

We recommend applying a cool compress immediately following a chemical peel to soothe the sensitivity your skin will feel. You should also avoid skincare and beauty products for a little while to minimize irritation and expect several days of heavy peeling, beginning two days after the process. Use sun protection and stay away from direct sunlight or anything that can irritate your sensitive skin.

Types of VI Chemical Peels

Some chemical peels work better than others for specific skin conditions and concerns. At Palm Beach Plastic & Cosmetic Surgery, we offer a broad selection of VI chemical peels to meet each patient’s preferences and needs, including:

Contact Palm Beach Plastic & Cosmetic Surgery to Learn More About VI Chemical Peels in West Palm Beach, FL

For more than three decades, Board-certified Dr. Fredric M. Barr, M.D., F.A.C.S. has been helping women and men at Palm Beach Plastic & Cosmetic Surgery achieve naturally beautiful results. Dr. Barr believes if you can tell a patient has had plastic surgery, it is not necessarily a good result. He combines his medical knowledge and experience with his passion for artistry to achieve a natural, refreshed look for his patients.

Do you want to rejuvenate your skin and achieve a more vibrant, youthful appearance? Wondering what kind of chemical peeling is right for you? Are you interested in a deep chemical peel, medium peels, or superficial peels? Palm Beach Plastic & Cosmetic Surgery is here to help with five-star-rated VI chemical peels tailored to your unique needs and preferences. Contact us at (561) 833-4122(561) 833-4122 or complete our online form to schedule a consultation with our patient counselor.

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