Facial Peels

Facial Peels

Facial peels are gentle acids used to exfoliate the outer layers of skin, allowing new, smoother skin to take its place. This may help erase etched lines and wrinkles that result from a lifetime of sun-damage and repetitive facial movements. Facial peels help rejuvenate and hydrate your skin, balance oil production, and give it back its natural glow. They come in different strengths. The deeper the facial peel, the longer recovery, but the better the result. 


Peel Strengths

Light Facial Peel

A low concentration Jessner's peel containing hydrating lactic acid and anti-inflammatory salicylic acid can help remove the very outer layers of keratin and dead skin cells. This treatment has a peeling period of 2-4 days.

Medium Facial Peel

This peel combines the Jessner's peel with the a TCA peel to add a little more depth, which has a stronger effect on fine lines and areas of pigmentation. This treatment has a peeling period of 5-7 days. This peel may be customized to apply a deeper treatment in areas of greater sun damage.

Deep Facial Peel

Diluted phenol is used for the deep peel and is reserved for patients with extensive sun damage and fine lines. This treatment is deep enough that it must be performed under anesthesia at a surgery center. This treatment has a peeling period of 7-10 days.

Planning Your Procedure

How It's Done

Patient comfort and safety is a priority. Prior to treatment, the skin is cleansed and anesthesia is applied. Anesthesia consists of topical numbing cream and possibly injected local anesthesia. The peel is applied with special applicators in one or more layers. Most patients will feel a tolerable burning sensation that passes quickly. A cooling compress is placed at the end of the procedure.


Different depth peels have different downtimes. A light peel may cause peeling for 2-4 days, a medium peel 5-7 days, and deep peels 7-10 days. During this time will instruct you how to care for your skin. Temporary swelling is common but resolves quickly. After the skin has resurfaced, patients with lighter peels will have minimal-to-no redness, while those with deeper peels may have some redness for weeks to months. At this time, redness may be covered with makeup. 


The results of this procedure become better and better over a six month period as new collagen is laid down and tightening occurs. 

Safety Profile & Side Effects

Facial peels have been used for decades for cosmetic purposes. Common effects associated with them include mild tingling or burning sensation during the procedure, redness, irritation, peeling, and lightening of the skin. Serious side effects, such as infections, prolonged redness, and scarring, may result with deeper peels if not done carefully by an expert. These side effects are minimized by following our protocols.
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