Chemical Peels

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Southeastern Skin Cancer & Dermatology Spa provides Madison, Alabama with several options for chemical peels. Below this basic information is a list of some of our peel options. We do offer others that are not noted below so please contact us to discuss what would be most appropriate for your needs. Remember, we are more than your typical spa – if your specific circumstances require the input of a board-certified, fellowship-trained Dermatologist, there is one on site to evaluate your case.

What is a chemical peel?

A chemical peel is a technique used to improve the appearance of the skin on the face, neck or hands. A chemical solution is applied to the skin that causes it to exfoliate and eventually peel off. The new, regenerated skin is usually smoother and less wrinkled than the old skin. The new skin is also temporarily more sensitive to the sun.

What should first be done before considering a chemical peel?

A thorough evaluation by a dermatologic surgeon is imperative before embarking upon a chemical peel.

When is a chemical peel appropriate?

Chemical peels are used to treat a number of conditions including:

Acne scars
Aging skin
Crow’s feet
Sun damaged skin
Sagging skin

Who is not a candidate for a chemical peel?

Generally light-haired and fair skinned people are the best candidates for chemical peel. The procedure does not work as well on dark-skinned patients. The procedure is not recommended for individuals with infections, active skin disease, cut or broken skin, sunburns or active Herpes simplex 1 sores. Other contra-indications could include patients who are:

  • Nursing or pregnant.
  • Have taken Accutane in last six months. (please discuss with your dermatologist the duration appropriate for you)
  • Have psoriasis, eczema, dermatitis or rosacea. (these are not absolute, please have your dermatologist discuss the risks and benefits)
  • Have used Retin-A, Renova, prescription skin care products, products that contain ascorbic acid, bleaching or skin-lightening agents or other acid-based products in the last 48 hours. (please discuss with your dermatologist for specifics)

Are chemical peels painful?

Chemicals peels sting but do not cause a great deal of pain. The gentlest peels use alpha-hydroxy, glycolic, lactic or fruit acids are also gentle. They may cause stinging, redness, irritation and crusting but as the skin begins to adjust all these problems will lessen. Trichloroacetic acids are used for stronger peelings. They remove wrinkles, superficial blemishes and pigment problems. Phenol is the strongest of all treatments and removes deep lines and wrinkles on the face. These type of treatments sting more than those with the gentler acids. After the treatment there may be redness, swelling and irritation but the use of creams and gels will reduce these effects. Also the doctor may prescribe medicines that will help relieve the problems after the peel.

What are the complications or potential side effects of a chemical peel?

  • Temporary or permanent change in skin color, particularly for women on birth control pills, who subsequently become pregnant or have a history of brownish facial discoloration.
  • Scarring
  • Reactivation of cold sores

What can I expect after having a chemical peel?

All peels require some follow-up care:

  • Superficial peels require one to seven days to heal. Treated skin will initially be red and may scale. Lotion or cream should be applied until the skin heals, followed by daily use of sunscreen. Makeup can usually be worn the next day. The skin could become swollen, especially around the eyes. It is extremely rare for a blister to form from superficial peels.
  • Medium peels require seven to 14 days to heal. Treated skin will initially be red and swollen. Swelling worsens for the first 48 hours. Eyelids may swell shut. Blisters may form and break. Skin crusts and peels off in seven to 14 days. Skin must be soaked daily for a specified period, followed by ointment application. Antiviral medication is taken for 10 to 14 days. Mild lotion or cream may be applied. Avoid all sun exposure until healing is complete. Camouflage makeup may be worn after five to seven days. A follow-up appointment will be necessary to monitor progress.

Sun exposure and smoking after a chemical peel must be avoided because they can cause unwanted side effects, including infection and scarring.

**some content above provided by the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery

Illuminize Peel®
Helps provide vibrant, radiant looking skin with minimal downtime. Not for sale online. Consult with your physician.

Appropriate for mild skin imperfections as determined by your physician.

Vitalize Peel®
Helps provide vibrant, radiant looking skin with minimal downtime. Consult with your physician.

Appropriate for mild skin imperfections as determined by your physician.

Rejuvenize Peel™
Smooth the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. See noticeable improvement after just one peel and compelling results after three to six peels.

Appropriate for moderate to severe skin imperfections as determined by your physician.

Theraplex® Salicylic Acid Facial Peels

Theraplex – A versatile, in-office, superficial peel procedure, packaged in an all-inclusive kit. Salicylic acid is a beta hydroxy acid which is safe and effective for use in all skin types. These mild, limited depth peels do not require neutralization and because of their analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties, create minimal discomfort for the patient.

This product is a great option for treatment (or along with your current regimen) for acne. Please ask us if you have acne and would like to be considered for this chemical peel.
20%, 25% and 30% salicylic acid peel kits

Perfect Derma Peel– Improve the clarity, tone and texture of the skin. Provides results for aging skin, acne, hyperpigmentation and many common skin concerns.

ZO Stimulator Peel– Brighten your skin by improving skin dullness with no downtime.

ZO 3 Step Peel–  Treats hyperpigmentation, Melasma and uneven texture concerns.