Chemical peels are sometimes called "chemexfoliation" or "derma peeling." Chemical peels can range anywhere from superficial peeling to deep exfoliation. The application of the procedure typically involves the careful application of chemical solutions to the face, neck and decolletage.
The process is designed to injure the epidermis and, for deeper peels, the Upper and Mid Reticular dermis. Depending on the level of peel Dr. Morrissette feels is appropriate for your skin, chemical peels can eliminate fine lines, wrinkles, acne scars, pigmentation and age spots.
A major benefit to chemical peels is the formation of new collagen, which can tighten the skin and help eliminate hyperpigmentation. Even patients with melasma (generalized or patchy dark pigmentation) can benefit from the chemical peel treatments we offer in our Ventura practice.
Types of Chemical Peels
The type of chemical peel Dr. Morrissette recommends for you will depend on several factors, including the extent of the damage you are addressing, your particular skin type and ethnicity and the amount of downtime you can afford after the procedure. We deliver chemical peels in several strengths:
Superficial peels treat and exfoliate the epidermal level of the skin. These are great for refreshing skin and removing mild sun damage.
If you are interested in a superficial chemical peel, Dr. Morrissette will recommend the ZO Skin Health 3 Step Peel, which removes layers of dead or sun damaged skin in the epidermis.
It can reduce fine lines around the mouth and eyes and substantially improve acne. This peel can provide significant rejuvenation with minimal healing time and be repeated every 3 to 4 weeks.
Medium Depth Peels
For patients with sun damage, scarring, folds, or significant wrinkles, Dr. Morrissette may recommend a 20% or 30% TCA peel. This type of peel penetrates to the Immediate Reticular Dermis (IRD) level to produce significant changes in the skin. The procedure is performed with IV Sedation and takes approximately 45 minutes. Patients who elect to have a medium depth TCA peel will need to prepare to have 1 week of recovery. Treatment with Retinoic acid and Hydroquinone cream is required for 4 to 6 weeks before a TCA peel is performed. Because of the use of IV Sedation, patients are required to fast for 6 hours before the procedure and will need a responsible driver to take them to and from our office the day of their procedure.
Deep chemical peels, used only on the face, penetrate several layers of the skin. They are usually performed using phenol and produce the most dramatic results of any type of peel. However, risks associated with deep chemical peels are higher than with superficial and medium depth peels. A deep peel may be recommended to treat deeper wrinkles, scars, and precancerous growths. The recovery from a deep chemical peel can last upwards of 3 weeks.
Recovery after Chemical Peels
Minimal healing time is needed with the superficial ZO Skin Health 3 Step Peel. It can take between 4 and 5 days, depending on your skin type. Your skin may still be dry and flaky a week after the procedure, which is normal. Sun protection after the peel is important for lasting results. Avoid retinol products for 7 days to prevent irritation.
With a Medium Depth TCA peel, a period of one week is needed for recovery. After 7 days, you can resume using makeup and return to work and normal activities. Typically, the deeper the peel, the longer the recovery will be, but also the results will be more significant.
Cosmetic Surgeon in Ventura County
We deliver a full range of cosmetic skin procedures for those who would like to improve their skin texture, clarity and pigment. Chemical peels and a variety of non-invasive procedures are available to help reduce the appearance of imperfections and other visible signs of aging.
After a complete individual evaluation of your medical history, problem areas, treatment objectives and available recovery time, Dr. Morrissette will recommend the most suitable, and safest procedure to fit your needs. Contact our Ventura/Oxnard office to arrange a consultation.