Your skin is the most visible part of your body, and yet it is too often also the most neglected. Whether you’re looking to even out tone, stimulate collagen production or reduce fine lines and wrinkles, there are numerous clinical skin care and aesthetic treatment options available, each designed to renew and revitalize your appearance.
Chemical peels are perhaps the most popular minimally invasive anti-aging therapies, proven to increase collagen production as they treat creases, sun spots and acne scarring by removing/peeling away the skin's outermost layer. The depth of the peel determines the amount of solution applied, and is typically customized to complement specific skin types.
The following are several available chemical peel variations:
Microdermabrasion / Parisian Peel
This treatment reduces the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and other superficial skin conditions, while combining the airflow of tiny crystals with mild suction to exfoliate and remove dead skin cells. Microdermabrasion works to stimulate the production of collagen, a natural protein found in the body, in effect, introducing oxygen back into your skin.
A deeper treatment designed to heal scarring, discoloration, uneven skin tone, and sun damage—also known as “photo aging”—retinol peels should not be performed during the summer months. This process is a bit harsher, as it promotes the growth of new cells by producing “controlled injury” to the skin.
Ultra C Microdermabrasion
In this process, microdermabrasion is used in conjunction with vitamin C to further hydrate and firm the skin. Its ultrasound application targets damage from sun exposure, poor diet, smoking and daily stress—all of which can trigger the release of free radicals—supporting the skin’s natural metabolism while counteracting premature aging.
If your goal is to reduce the appearance of fine lines, pore size and brown spots, a glycolic peel may be a viable alternative. By removing a micro-thin layer of skin, this process exfoliates dead skin cells, leaving behind a more vibrant, even complexion.
The purpose of an oxygen peel is to rapidly exfoliate, hydrate and smooth out skin, while minimizing pore size, shrinking fine lines and wrinkles, and improving overall texture and tone. This treatment is often used in conjunction with others for maximal effect.
Hyaluronic Acid Treatment
Designed to help replenish the moisture your skin loses from season to season, hyaluronic acid is regarded as one of the most powerful hydrating ingredients on the market, retaining up to 1,000 times its weight in water. It, too, can be combined with other treatments.
Most chemical peels typically last for several weeks and must be repeated periodically (generally every six to eight weeks) to maintain optimal results. All peels are performed on an outpatient basis and require no anesthesia. An effective skin care regimen is recommended prior to, as well as following, the procedure.