Medical Grade Chemical Peels

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Medical Grade Chemical Peels are an amazing option for individuals who are looking to reverse sun damage or other minor or major imperfections in their skin. These chemical peels allow you to remove dead skin cells to address fine lines, hyperpigmentation and unwanted freckles in a safe and effective way. Peels come in the form of very superficial, superficial, medium and deep. They are treatments designed to make your face look brighter, tighter and younger.

Medical Grade Chemical Peels

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About Medical Grade Peels to beautify your complexion!

Revitalize your skin with a medical grade facial peel, designed to clinically transform your complexion. Each medical grade peel treatment is tailored to address the particular issues of the patient, varying in strength to achieve the desired amount of subtle, gradual or astonishing transformation. The treatment can smooth out fine lines, minimize pigmentation irregularities and improve the overall texture and quality of the skin.

Encountering dirt and debris is a natural part of life that can lead to skin problems and worsen your complexion. Almost everyone suffers from issues related to clogged pores at one point of their life or another, and that’s why gentle exfoliation techniques like a medical grade peel can help a lot in thoroughly cleansing the skin and keeping your complexion as clean and beautiful as possible.

Medical Grade Peels at Skin Vitality 

Skin Vitality offers two different Medical Grade Peel options for our patients: The Vivier Peel and a Glycolic Peel: 

Vivier Peel

A combination of lactic acid, salicylic acid and resorcinol to brighten and tighten your complexion. 

Glycolic Peel

A chemical exfoliant to promote the repair and regeneration of skin. Recommended to aid in the appearance of aging skin and uneven texture and tone. 

Both peels can be performed alone to effectively treat a number of complexion concerns, such as pigmentation irregularities roughness acne minor lines and wrinkles photodamage freckles dullness. Either peel can be used in conjunction with other cosmetic skin treatments, such as fotofacial rejuvenation and fillers, to achieve complete complexion rejuvenation 

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Where can Medical Grade Peels be used?

Both Medical Grade Peels can be used on the facial and neck area. The intensity of chemical peel, from mild to deep, is determined by the concern and the patient’s skin. For example, thicker skin may require a peel that contains a more aggressive formulation so that it can work more deeply into the dermal layers in order to obtain the desired results better. A lighter peel may be necessary for patients whose skin is sensitive and more fragile. The best type of peel for you will be determined during the initial consultation process prior to treatment.  

Vivier Peel for Glowing Skin  

The Vivier Peel contains key therapeutic ingredients to improve your complexion, giving it a healthy glow that you’ll be able to see instantly. It is also gentle enough to have the treatment done just days before a big event. 

Here are the active ingredients: 

  • 10% Lactic Acid:  helps improve moisture levels in overly sensitive or dry skin. 
  • 2% Salicylic Acid: helps ease acne, reduce oiliness, improve texture and ease post-inflammatory hyper pigmentation (PIH). Also encourages the removal of debris that can clog your pores and dull the upper layer of your skin. 
  • 14% Resorcinol: helps ease inflammation, redness and acne. 
 

Benefits: 

  • Boosts the rate at which your cells regenerate, giving you smoother and softer skin. 
  • Clears out your pores, improving acne, blackheads and whiteheads. 
  • It acts as an anti-inflammatory, easing redness. 
  • It also softens tough skin, stimulates collagen production and leaves your skin looking cleaner and fresher. 
  • Skin is strengthened after just one treatment 
  • Moisturizes and heals your skin. 
 

You’ll notice an improvement in your skin quality after just one session, but we recommend 3-6 treatments for the best results.  

Glycolic Peel for Acne, Discoloration and Wrinkles 

The Glycolic Peel, a type of chemical peel, is one of the most popular solutions for anyone who suffers from common skin conditions. These conditions, such as acne, wrinkles, age spots or uneven coloration and tone, can all be treated. 

By taking advantage of the aesthetic properties of this peel, you can enjoy the benefits of youthful, healthy skin with even texture and coloration. It’s a gentle treatment that is helpful in restoring your complexion. Its application includes the resolution of skin problems like: 

  • Irregular pigmentation 
  • Sun or age spots 
  • Mild to moderate acne 
  • Superficial acne scarring 
  • Wrinkles, fine lines 
 

Glycolic peels are chemical exfoliants that use glycolic acid, whereas other chemical peels make use of lactic, salicylic or retinoid acid. It is an AHA (alpha hydroxy acid) that  has several medical uses. As the molecules that make up glycolic acid are tinier than other AHAs, they are able to penetrate your skin more easily and reach the deeper layers. 

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Keeping your pores clean of dirt and debris is essential for achieving or maintaining clear, healthy skin. Pores are the most basic (and influential) factor involved with how healthy a person’s complexion is and, if they become clogged, many different skin problems — from acne to uneven skin texture or coloring — quickly arise. Pores can easily become clogged when foreign matter — like dirt and debris — and excessive oil block their openings. Dead cells that haven’t been removed by washing or scrubbing can also build up and interfere with the pores. Excessive dirt and debris build-up on the skin is the most avoidable problem, however, taking care of this is important. 

The more serious skin conditions that a chemical peel can treat are photodamage (like freckles or age-related spotting), fine lining around the mouth and eyes, mild to moderate scarring, acne and hyperpigmentation. 

During your consultation, your skin will be assessed and you can express the goals you have for your skin. During this time you can express any medical conditions or medications you may be taking. This process is for your safety, minimizing risks and improving the outcome of your Medical Grade Peel. It is important to disclose if you: 

  • Have cold sores or a history of cold sores 
  • Are pregnant 
  • Have a genetic predisposition to the development of pigmentation irregularities, particularly after trauma 
  • Have a history of keloid scarring 
  • Had acne treatments within the last year, especially Accutane 
 

This list is not complete. A full list will be discussed prior to the treatment so you can briefly go over your medical history. 

Chemical peels are considered a relatively gentle treatment that can help your skin look better and become healthier. Lighter chemical peels achieve results that improve with subsequent treatments while you may just need one deep peel to achieve much longer lasting results. 

FAQ's About Medical Grade Peels

Medical Grade Peels allow patients to remove dead skin cells and address fine lines, hyperpigmentation and unwanted freckles in a safe and effective way. They are an amazing option for individuals who are seeking reversal to sun damage or other minor or major imperfections in their skin. Medical Grade Chemical Peels come in different strength levels and are designed to accomplish different goals, making your face look brighter, tighter and younger! Skin Vitality offers both a Vivier and Glycolic Peel.

Depending on the strength of the Peel, the costs can be as low as $100 and range to around $300 for a medium-grade Chemical Peel.

Book a virtual or in clinic consultation to receive a more accurate and personalized view of the cost that will take any specific concerns into account!

Depending on the strength of the Chemical Peel, the length of results vary. A light (superficial) peel produces results that typically last between one and two months, and the results of a medium peel last between two an six months.

Skin Vitality offers both light and medium grade peels. The Vivier & Glycolic peeling treatments yield results for about 4 months

During a light chemical peel, patients may feel a mild stinging sensation while the chemical solution is on the skin

During a medium chemical peel, patients may experience stinging and burning on the skin for up to 20 minutes. Cool compresses and hand-held fans are used to cool and soothe the skin.

Before the procedure, your nurse will thoroughly clean your face, protect your hair, and cover your eyes.

During a light chemical peel, a chemical solution which typically contains glycolic acid or salicylic acid is applied to the skin. The treated skin will begin to whiten. Then, a neutralizing solution/wash will be applied to remove the chemical solution from the treated skin.

During a medium chemical peel, a chemical solution containing trichloroacetic acid will be applied, sometimes in combination with glycolic acid. The treated skin will begin to whiten and, after a few minutes, cool compresses will be applied to soothe the treated skin.

Results from light Medical Grade Peels will be noticeable once the skin has fully healed, generally within two to three weeks. Medium Medical Grade Peels will generally take longer and may take up to 16 weeks to yield results.

Medical Grade Peel treatments typically take between 15-90 minutes, depending on the strength of the peel.

At Skin Vitality, Vivier peels can be performed as a quick 15-minute stand-alone peel, or as an extended Vivier professional facial protocol.

After a light chemical peel, treated skin will be red, dry, and mildly irritated- these effects tend to be less noticeable with each repeated treatment. Your doctor might apply a protective ointment to soothe the skin. Patients are typically able to wear makeup and dress the skin as soon as the next day if wanted!

After a medium chemical peel, treated skin will be red and swollen, with a stinging sensation. A protective ointment might be applied to soothe the area and prevent dryness. In as little as five to seven days, you are able to use cosmetics to cover and conceal any redness. As swelling decreases, treated skin will begin to form a crust and may develop brown spots and darken. Treated areas take one to two weeks to heal, however redness might remain for up to four months.

The results of light and medium Medical Grade Peels are not permanent. Results increase with the strength of the Peel used.

Light peels use mild chemicals and do not penetrate very deep, targeting the most superficial layer of skin. These peels are ideal for removing mild damage from the sun, acne scars and signs of aging. Light chemical peel recovery involved little restrictions and patients will be able to return to normal activities almost immediately.

Medium Chemical Peels are used to smooth moderate wrinkling and creasing, to remove or smooth deeper acne scars and to remove age spots and other discoloration. Sedation can be required for medium peel procedures and the recovery time can lt from several days to a few weeks as skin cells replace themselves.

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