How Do Chemical Peels Work?
Chemical peels have become much more refined since gaining popularity in the 90s. Blending specific concentrations of trichloroacetic acid (TCA), salicylic acid, and glycolic acids takes what a chemical peel can do for your skin to a whole new level by removing the detritus of the damaged epidermis. At LPS, we offer 3 chemical peel options from PCA SKIN, the first company to enhance Jessner’s peel—a combination of lactic, salicylic, kojic, and citric acids blended with resorcinol for even the most sensitive patient’s comfort and safety. PCA SKIN peels can improve the following:
- Acne blemishes and scarring
- Hyperpigmentation, rosacea, melasma
- Uneven tone and texture concerns
What Chemical Peels are Available at Longwood Plastic Surgery?
The Sensi Peel® blends 12% lactic acid, 6% TCA, azelaic and kojic acids, arbutin, marshmallow root extract, linseed oil, and sweet almond oil. Ideal for sensitive or ethnic skin types, this peel produces only mild tingling. The Sensi Peel® brightens skin, which improves rosacea, melasma, or other hyperpigmentation concerns and sun damage, and clarifies skin for a radiant glow. It’s also great to cleanse away blemishes.
The Ultra Peel® is a 20% lactic acid, 10% TCA solution aimed for the more mature patient. If you’ve suffered skin damage from smoking, acne, or the sun, this exfoliant can be tailored to be as moderate or aggressive as you require. Also containing azelaic and kojic acids, arbutin, Vitamin C, chaste tree berry extract, linseed oil, and sweet almond oils, the Ultra Peel® softens and hydrates mature skin to bring back the volume and softness of youth.
The Jessner enhanced formula of the PCA Peel with HQ® contains 14% of both lactic and salicylic acids to inhibit pigment production, repair acne damage, prevent new acne from forming by controlling oils, and smoothing away texture irregularities and lines and wrinkles for a brighter, clearer complexion.
Some patients need a little more, however, so LPS offers 2 additional depths of chemical peel, 20% and 35% TCA. These require a LPS practitioner with more specialized training to oversee the treatment. While the 20% solution can be administered in our offices, the 35% option is conducted in the LPS accredited outpatient surgery suite under general anesthesia. Deeper chemical peels reach into the dermis, stimulating collagen and elastin production, which help firm the skin and improve deeper wrinkles and significant acne scarring or more serious issues.