Chemical Peels can make you look younger by removing and softening fine lines, age spots, sun damage, hyperpigmentation, acne scars, enlarged pores and blemishes. A chemical peel is a safe and effective accelerated form of exfoliation that smooths the skin´s surface by chemically removing the outer layers, which facilitates the formation of new skin cells. Chemical peels can rejuvenate the skin, eliminate blotchy patches and improve wrinkles through chemical exfoliation. You can choose from three peel depth levels, depending on the amount of skin damage. Your result is fresh, softer, younger looking skin!
PRP has become a highly sought-after non-surgical procedure for facial and skin rejuvenation. PRP therapy is a treatment which uses your own blood platelets to stimulate new cell growth, helping to improve your complexion, skin texture and to restore lost facial volume. It is an advanced treatment technology that utilizes ingredients present in an individual’s blood in order to regenerate their skin and revitalize collagen, leading to healthy, young-looking skin.
Micro needling is based on the use of tiny needles to create micro channels (tiny holes) in the skin. The process stimulates your skin’s natural ability to heal itself and in the process produces collagen and elastin. Similar to fractional light based therapy, micro needling is an effective approach for winkles, fine lines and superficial pigmentation. It can stimulate collagen, tighten elastin, decrease skin pore size, improve stretch marks and crepey skin, and greatly improve surgical acne scars. Unlike light based therapy, micro needling is safe for all skin types and is extremely versatile as it can be used on all parts of the body.
We offer different types of chemical peels depending on your skin needs. Glycolic Acid, Salicylic Acid, VI peel, Jessner and TCA are some of the treatments offer in our center.
How is a Chemical Peel Performed?
Your skin will be cleansed and a mild toner will be used to remove the natural surface oils. The agent is then applied targeting the epidermis and dermis to remove the superficial layer of dead skin cells. After a period of time, your physician or skin care specialist will neutralize and remove the product, if needed. Your skin is cleaned and vitamin C and E, Aquaphor healing ointment or antibacterial ointment is applied, (depending on the type of chemical peel) followed by a moisturizer and sunscreen.
TYPES OF CHEMICAL PEELS
For a Light Depth Peel the skin is prepared and a mild chemical peel will be applied. The peel creates a healthy, refreshed appearance to the skin with no down time because the living skin is left intact. As you heal, the old damaged skin will be replaced by a layer of new healthy skin. A layer of collagen will also form below the skin surface to help tighten and smooth out your new skin. Light peels do not require any anesthesia. Some of the light chemical peels include: Glycolic acid, Lactic acid, Salicylic acid etc, in different concentrations.
For a Medium Depth Peel a stronger more concentrated chemical peel is applied so the deeper layer of the skin, the dermis, will be affected. A medium depth peel can effectively improve facial wrinkles and sun-damaged skin. This category includes: Jessner. VI peel, TCA and different acids combinations.
For a Deep Depth Peel an even stronger chemical agent is used to penetrate the deep layer of the dermis. The peel targets deep and widespread wrinkles and extremely rough skin. It is used only in selected cases and is not recommended for darker skinned patients. A sedative may be used to lessen any discomfort. An example of this category of chemical peel is the Phenol peel, and some acids combine with TCA.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who can benefit from a chemical peel?
Women and men with superficial wrinkles of the face, neck, and upper chest are excellent candidates for a chemical peel. Those concerned about uneven skin pigmentation, enlarged facial pores, sun damage, superficial acne scars and age spots may also benefit from a chemical peel.
How do I decide which type pf peel I should have?
Your doctor can help you decide what depth of peel, what type of chemical solution is most appropriate, which areas you want peeled and will discuss desired results. A small test spot may be peeled to get a better idea of the results, especially for people with darker skin.
What is the healing process?
Your doctor or skin care specialist will send you home with specific after-care instructions for your newly rejuvenated facial skin. After light peels, the treated skin turns red or pink and heals without crusting. Healing typically occurs in 7 days or less. For medium depth peels, there may be some flaking during the healing process, which is typically complete within 2 weeks. There may also be some redness, which can be covered with camouflage makeup and may persist for up to 3 to 4 weeks. For deep peels, your doctor will give you strict instructions. Avoid sun exposure with all types of peels and let your skin heal naturally — treat it gently and use only recommended cleaners and moisturizers.
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Why Platelets Rejuvenate Skin?
Platelets are the cells in the blood that help tissue to heal and grow new cells. The PRP, injected into specific areas of the skin, act as a matrix that promotes your own collagen to grow, regenerates tissue, and thus acts as to naturally smooth and tighten the skin. In this way, PRP softens wrinkles and creating smoother skin texture and tone.
How is the procedure done?
PRP is basically a natural product produced from your own body. Through a simple blood draw, a little amount of blood is drawn from an individual into a sterile tube. Using a unique centrifuge machine, the blood is spun down in order to take out and concentrate the stem cells, growth factors and platelets that are very important for tissue healing. This little amount of blood with a high concentration of platelets and growth factors is referred to as Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP). then the PRP is injected with a very fine needle under the skin and it can be also apply on the surface of the skin with skin roller or microneedling.
How does PRP therapy differ from other injections or fillers?
Hyaluronic acid fillers, such as Juvederm, are composed of solid material that fills lines and skin folds. These fillers are indicated to soften deeper lines such as the folds around the mouth area, or to plump lips. They usually last from 6-18 months; repeated treatments are required to fill the area again.
PRP stimulates your own collagen to grow for total facial rejuvenation rather than individual wrinkle improvement. PRP is used for volumizing faces that are beginning to look drawn, to plump out cheek indentations, soften under eye hollows , improve the skin tone, tightness, and texture, and fill in areas where hyaluronic acid fillers cannot reach or are not safe to use.
Juvederm can be used with PRP as the two types of treatments are meant for different purposes; they supplement each other to give the best final outcome of a more youthful looking face. Juvederm fills specific lines and folds; PRP improves overall volume, fullness, and skin tone. PRP acts to improve overall quality, tightness, and texture of the skin rather than filling individual deeper wrinkles.
Frequently Asked Questions
What should you expect post treatment?
Most people will experience some mild to moderate swelling in the area of treatment, redness or heat, which are all common side effects and are part of the activation of your platelets. Because a certain volume of fluid has to be administered, swelling is inevitable. Bruising can occur and may take several days to disappear.
How soon will I see results?
Most patients will require three treatments at four to six week intervals. The first thing people notice is an improvement in skin turgor and elasticity. Collagen production can take up to three months to occur and the results can differ depending on the individual. Because the injected product is 100% your own, factors such as smoking, stress and illness can effect results. A series of three treatments can yield results for up to two years.
Are there any reasons why I can’t have PRP therapy?
Like the majority of cosmetic procedures, ladies who are pregnant, breast-feeding or trying to conceive are not suitable candidates. This treatment is not recommended in people on anti-coagulation treatment, autoimmune conditions or have any type of cancer.
Advantages of PRP Skin Rejuvenation:
Uses your own natural platelets so there is no risk of allergic reaction.
Chances of infection are very low.
Natural Collagen is formed in response to the presence of activated platelet.
PRP is ideal for the patient who does not want any synthetic fillers.
There is little to no swelling, bruising or lumping as the fluid assimilates in the natural skin enviroment.
PRP is equally effective in men as in women.
Micro needling is based on the use of tiny needles to create microchannels (tiny holes) in the skin. The process stimulates your skin’s natural ability to heal itself and in the process produces collagen and elastin. Similar to fractional light-based therapy, micro needling is an effective approach for wrinkles, fine lines, and superficial pigmentation. It can stimulate collagen, tighten elastin, decrease skin pore size, improve stretch marks and crepey skin, and greatly improve surgical and acne scars. Unlike light-based therapy, micro needling is safe for all skin types and is extremely versatile as it can be used on all parts of the body.
How does it work?
Using a pen-like medical device with several tiny needles in the tip. The needles gently penetrate below the surface of the skin to a specific depth, which stimulates the natural healing response of your skin. Also known as Collagen Induction Therapy, this process is proven to restructure existing collagen fibers and also increase production of collagen within the skin to smooth, tighten and continue improving the skin over time.
What areas of the body?
Microneedling can be used on all skin types and it is a valuable tool to treat a variety of skin concerns such as facial rejuvenation, scarring, stretch marks, pigmentation disorders and alopecia.
What will the treatment feel like and how long is the downtime?
A topical anesthetic is applied to the skin prior to treatment to reduce the discomfort and minimized pain. The downtime is minimal, however, you may experience redness and/or swelling for 12 to 48 hours afterward, and at the very worst, a few tiny punctate scabs that fade in a few days. Most people go back to work after two days.
When will I start seeing results?
Usually you will see some improvement after the first treatment, but results depend on age, skin condition treated, how damaged the skin is and if PRP is used during procedure or not.
Can I combine microneedling with filler or botox injections?
It is recommended to wait at least 4 days after filler/botox injections.