Chemical Peels

Questions and Answers


What are peels?

Peels are a chemical technique used to rejuvenate skin.

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How do peels work?

Peels work in part by producing a mild chemical injury to the skin. The injury triggers the healing response resulting in healthier skin.*

There are three categories of peels: superficial, medium, and deep. We offer peels that are in the superficial category.

Superficial peels usually result in mild to moderate "peeling".

Medium depth peels use concentrated trichloroacetic acid to cause significant "peeling" and require 7-10 days of healing time. We don't do these peels.

Deep peels use phenol to cause deep injury. They require 20-30 days for healing. We don't do these peels. Not many places offer deep peels anymore. They have been replaced by laser resurfacing, because lasers have a highly predictable depth of injury. 

The more severe the problem being treated, the deeper the peel needed. The deeper the peel, the longer is the healing and the higher are the risks.

*Results may vary.

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What are peels used for?

Superficial peels are used to produce an improvement in overall skin health and appearance. Over the course of several treatments, a gradual improvement will occur in the color of skin, as uneven pigmentation decreases. You may also notice an improvement in texture with reduction of fine lines. Your skin should feel smoother.*

Deeper peels can significantly reduce acne scarring and deep wrinkles, but we don't offer these.

*Results may vary.

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What peels do you offer?

At York Laser and MedSpa, we offer several types of superficial peels of varying strengths. These peels are all quite mild natured. They all have potent anti-oxidant properties.

Our peels contain alpha- and beta-hydroxy acids and many other ingredients such as retinoic acid (vitamin A acid). 

Treatments will result in flaking and peeling starting about three days after the treatment.
Peels are an excellent treatment for acne, because they unplug and dry up the oil glands that cause acne. They will also improve pigmentation and texture.*
A single peel will leave your skin looking and feeling more alive, but, as with all superficial peels, they must be done in a series to get the maximum benefit for skin color and texture.* They should then be continued as a regular skin maintenance procedure.
*Results may vary.

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What areas can be treated?

Any skin can be treated, but the most common areas treated are the face, neck, chest, and hands.

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Who is a good candidate for peels?

Almost everyone from 20 to 80 could benefit from peels.* However, advanced age, smoking, and excessive sun exposure can leave skin severely damaged, and superficial peels are not very effective in these cases. Peels should be thought of as partially restorative (returning skin to better health) but mostly a maintenance technique.

*Results may vary.

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How are treatments done?

After cleansing the skin, the peeling substance is applied. This is left for a few minutes, then another layer is applied, and so on. At each step, you will be asked how your skin feels. When it starts to feel hot, the treatment is finished.

Treating the entire face takes about 30 minutes.

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Do peels hurt?

When done properly, superficial peels cause mild discomfort. People describe a sting or heat during treatment.

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What can I expect following a peel?

Most people have no problems following peels. No downtime is expected.

There may be some dryness and flaking. There may be some redness and irritation. The heat or tingling felt during treatment may persist beyond the day of treatment.

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How many treatments are required and how long do the results of peels last?

Beneficial effects of peels can be seen following the first treatment, but the results improve with each treatment.*

Most people require 4-8 treatments for maximum benefit, but this depends on the severity of the problem being treated. 

Peels do not provide permanent improvement and maintenance treatments are suggested at 3 month intervals. Again, this varies widely depending on the condition being treated. For example, acne patients might require monthly treatments.

*Results may vary.

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What are the side effects of peels?

Superficial peels are very safe.

Rarely, overly aggressive treatment can actually increase pigmentation.

Peels can trigger cold sores.

Rarely, patients experience an exuberant reaction in which there is redness and skin irritation that might persist for a week.

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What are the alternatives to peels?

There are several treatment options including photorejuvenation (IPL), microdermabrasionlaser skin resurfacing, and surgical facelifts. You should also stop smoking, start using cosmeceuticals regularly, and wear sunscreen!

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How do I book a treatment?

Call us at (905) 853 - 3200

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What is your cancellation policy?

We require 48 hours notice for cancellation of your consultation or treatment, in order to fill the appointment time. If sufficient notice is not given, the full value of the treatment to be done may be charged, with the minimum charge being $100 (one hundred dollars). If you have purchased a package, and you miss an appointment without providing sufficient notice, then that treatment is deemed to have been given, and you will receive one less treatment than you paid for.

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