Chemical Peels Treatment in Vancouver Downtown

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What exactly is a chemical peel?

A chemical peel is a cosmetic procedure that is safe, easy and quick to receive, and the end-result is skin that is smoother, less wrinkly, and can also be more even in colour. The treatment is a non-invasive option that is popular amongst people who have sun damaged skin, aged skin, acne scars, and also acne. Fine lines around the mouth, and under the eyes are excellent areas for chemical peels to be performed. More and more people are after skin rejuvenation and want to slow down the effects of aging, and chemical peels are increasingly becoming reliable procedures to achieve these beauty goals. There are various peel options available depending on the patient’s specific needs, and their desired outcomes.


How does the chemical peel process work?

So what happens is a chemical solution gets applied to the skin where the treatment is needed, and the solution causes the top layers of the skin to peel off – allowing new skin to brilliantly generate itself. Thanks to new technologies now available, there are additional techniques that can be done including laser and light rejuvenation that helps to maximize the results that chemical peels offer. Before any sort of chemical peel treatment is performed though, a patient should get the go-ahead from either their family doctor or ideally a medical esthetician who can conduct a thorough evaluation and provide recommendations for what exact peel to get.

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Chemical Peel FAQ’s

What are the benefits?
  • Reduce fine lines under the eyes and around the mouth
  • Treat wrinkles caused by sun damaged and aging
  • Improve the appearance of mild scars
  • Treat certain types of acne
  • Reduce age spots, freckles, and dark patches
  • Improve the look
How is the treatment specifically performed?

Depending on the severity of the skin damage that needs the treatment, there are all kinds of levels of peels that can be done – as a general rule, the deeper the peel, the more layers of skin that peel off and the more recovery time that is required to heal. The procedure can be performed on various parts of the body including on the face, legs, arms, neck, chest, and hands. Before the actual peeling process begins, the skin has to be thoroughly cleansed with an agent that removes any excess oils, and the hair and eyes must be protected for safety reasons. There can be one or more than one chemical solution used together from these including phenol, retinoic acid, lactic acid, trichloroacetic acid, salicylic acid, or glycolic acid. The recommended solution is gently applied to the skin, and layer separation and eventually the skin peels off, enabling rejuvenated skin to reveal itself. There’s a warm or even hot sensation that is felt by the patient for five to ten minutes, and then a stinging feeling is experienced.  

What does the recovery period look like?

It varies widely depending on the type of peel that is received, but there can be a burning sensation that ranges from feeling mild to severe. There is an initial skin redness that is followed by scaling that typically lasts three to five days. Peeling that is considered to be medium to deep in depth can occasionally result in blistering and swelling that can last one to two weeks, or even longer in some cases.

Are there long-term implications?

Depending on the skin type, there is an associated risk of having a temporary or permanent colour change. Redness can last for several months in extreme cases, and scarring is also a potential but very low risk that must be taken into consideration. The reactivation of cold sores is also a possibility, but only on rare occasion.