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Chemical Peel

FountianGrove Med Spa is offering the chemical peel Santa Rosa clients can feel safe about and know that the top professionals are preforming the skin peel. It’s no surprise that as we age, our skin is one of the first things to give it away.  A chemical skin peel is the perfect way to fight the signs of aging and give you more youthful and health complexion.  The skin peel process is simple.  A chemical solution is applied to the skin which in return will make it blister and eventually peel off.  The new skin is smoother and less wrinkled then before.  Don’t think a chemical skin peel can only be done on the face.  It can also be done on the neck or hands.  Here at FountainGrove Med Spa we realize that obtaining youthful skin takes some work and that’s why we offer an extensive range of skin care treatments.

We know that a skin peel sounds a bit intimidating, but we assure you that when left in the hands of our professional and friendly staff, all of those butterflies will float away.  Our skin care professionals will prep the skin prior to your treatment in order to create a good foundation for the peel and to soothe you in the process.  A key part in the skin peel process is to adopt a new daily skin care routine and we will help you through the process.  If you’re tired of trying to fight the aging process then a chemical peel in the Santa Rosa are might just be for you.  Contact FountaingGrove Med Spa today to schedule you appointment.

What are the different types of peels?

We are offer a varying type of mild and medium depth peels.  Mild peels are done using alpha hydroxyl acids (AHAs) or beta hydroxyl acids (BHAs).  AHAs are mild chemical solutions and they lightly peel the skin.  This often results in brighter-looking and smoother skin.  BHAs are great for all types of skin especially acne-prone skin.  If your skin has moderate sun damage, then a medium-depth peel may be right for you.  These peels are done using trichloroacetic acid (TCA).  TCA and Obagi Blue Peel are mixed together to slow the penetration.  This allows us to monitor the depth of the peel to make ensure proper safety.

What type of peel should I have?

Peels are determined by the condition your skin is in.  Your doctor will evaluate your skin, skin type and other skin related issues to help determine what type of chemical peel is right for you.

What areas can be treated?

Even though chemical peels are most commonly done on the facial area, they can also be applied to the neck, hands, back and chest.

How is this treatment different than a salon or spa peel?

A medical skincare professional is the only person that can offer a high strength AHA, BHA or TCA treatment or product.  The purpose for these treatments is to help correct the skin and not provide a pampering spa-like experience.  The more extensive treatments, such as the TCA peels, are done by a board certified surgeon who has been specially trained in this area.

How long does it take to perform a chemical peel?

Performed in the medical office, a chemical peel can take anywhere from 15 to 30 minutes.  The type of peel being performed determines how long the process will take.

What can I expect after my chemical peel?

The type and strength of the peel you receive will determine the effects your skin has.  Many mild peel patients have reported that their skin feels softer and smoother after a peel and they can usually return to their normal activities immediately.  Patients who opt for a deeper peel may experience some swelling and redness.  Your skin will start to peel within 2-3 days and should be completely healed in 7-10 days.  Avoiding sun exposure directly after treatment is crucial.

Are there any instructions to follow before the peel?

In order to obtain the best results from a peel, you should avoid waxing, electrolysis, using a loofa or any other exfoliating products as well any products that may dry or irritate the skin one week prior to your treatment.  Your skin should be makeup and fragrance free when you arrive to the office for treatment.  Men should shave within a few hours before having a peel to obtain the best results.

How often should I have this treatment?

It is ideal for patients to receive 4-6 light chemical peels that are performed 2-4 weeks apart.  A treatment can be maintained every 1-3 months after the initial round of treatments.

What are the complications?

Rarely are complications reported with mild chemical peels.  Deeper peels may result in complications such as: white heads, cold sores, infection, scarring, numbness and permanent discoloration.  It is important to use sunscreen and avoid overexposure to the sun while undergoing treatments.

Who is not a good candidate for a chemical peel?

It is important to discuss your skin concerns with your doctor prior to obtaining a chemical peel.  It is not recommended for anyone who is pregnant, breastfeeding, taking Accutane nor have a chronic history of cold sores.