Chemical Peel

Lincoln Park Aesthetics -  - Aesthetic Medical Spa

Lincoln Park Aesthetics

Aesthetic Medical Spa located in Lincoln Park, Chicago, IL

If you have wrinkles, sun damage, or blemishes that don’t respond to over-the-counter skin products, a chemical peel can provide the results you’ve been seeking. A peel can result in skin that is rejuvenated, softer, brighter, and more voluminous. Wrinkles and fine lines will be visibly improved, and your skin will appear younger and healthier in general. Karol Gutowski, MD, FACS, and the highly-qualified and experienced team at Lincoln Park Aesthetics in Chicago offer peels that are safe, with transformative results. To find out more, call the office, or schedule a consultation online.

Chemical Peel Q & A

What is a chemical peel?

A chemical peel is a skin treatment performed by a licensed aesthetician. During a chemical peel, chemicals are applied to your skin to create a controlled wound, thus stimulating a natural healing response. In the healing process, your skin produces collagen as your skin cells are actively renewed, causing many layers of dead skin to peel away.

Can a chemical peel help with skin conditions?

A chemical peel can reduce the appearance of common skin conditions, including:

  • Sun damage
  • Acne
  • Dark spots
  • Freckles
  • Scarring
  • Rosacea

If you have deeper wrinkles or sagging skin, your provider may recommend additional treatments, like injectables such as BOTOX or Dysport®, or dermal fillers.

What kinds of peels are available?

Lincoln Park Aesthetics offers a variety of chemical peels to address different skin types and concerns. Chemical peels fall into three categories:

Superficial peels

These use mild ingredients, such as alpha hydroxy. Superficial peels only affect the upper layers of skin known as the epidermis.

Medium peels

Ingredients like trichloroacetic and glycol allow medium peels to reach below the epidermis to the top layers of the dermis.

Deep peels

Trichloroacetic and phenol are ingredients in deep peels that can reach the deep layers of the dermis.

Any type of peel will improve the appearance of fine lines and brighten your skin, but deeper peels have more dramatic results. Medium peels can reduce blemishes and scars, while deep peels reach the foundational skin cells, eliminating blemishes before they become visible, for maximum rejuvenation.

What should I expect during a chemical peel?

One of the skilled aestheticians will begin with a skin analysis to determine which level of peel is best for you. Next, your aesthetician will cleanse your skin and then apply a high-quality, clinically tested chemical formula.

After the chemical process is complete, your aesthetician will gently remove the peel and apply skin products that help your skin begin to heal. If you’ve had a deep peel, you’ll need to wear a bandage home after your treatment.

How much downtime is needed?

If you’ve had a superficial peel, you can expect some mild redness, but this usually goes away within a day. Medium peels may require up to five days of downtime. Deep peels need bandaging and at-home downtime for around two weeks.

After any peel, you’ll need to limit your exposure to the sun, and make sure you always use sunscreen.

To learn more, call the office, or schedule a consultation online.