September 03 2016 0comment

Are Facial Peels safe and effective?

Glycolic and Trichloroacetic acid (TCA) skin peels are considered safe and effective on facial and non-facial skin.  They can help tighten the skin and minimize wrinkles, smooth the skin texture, and lighten pigmented areas.  They give the skin a more vigorous, glowing and youthful quality.

In addition to the standard peels, we now also offer the famous (and highly effective) Obagi Blue Peel®.


What is the procedure like?

The body surface area to be treated will be cleansed thoroughly and dried.  Alcohol will be applied followed by the Glycolic or TCA solution.  Depending on the acid being used, additional layers may be applied.  After the procedure a moisturizer and sun block will be applied.


Is it painful?

A mild burning sensation is experienced that lasts several minutes.  Anesthesia is not required, however, some patients choose to take an NSAID (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug, such as ibuprofen or naproxen) 20 minutes before the procedure.


Does it require anesthesia?



Will I need time off work?

After a Glycolic peel, the patient can return immediately to work.  The skin will begin to shed (much like a sunburn peel) in 5-7 days.  Depending the patient’s tolerance, most patients  return to work immediately after a TCA peel. There is a slightly more dramatic shedding of the skin in 5-7 days, but most patients choose to continue their usual daily routine.


Which areas can be treated?

Facial and non-facial skin may be treated safely and effectively.


How long will the treatment last?

With a Glycolic peel many patients choose to have a series of peels annually, followed by a maintenance peel once a month or every other month. With a TCA peel, often patient’s choose a series of several peels followed by a Glycolic peel once a month or every other month.


What is the Obagi Blue Peel®

Basically, this is a TCA peel of varying concentrations, depending on the depth of peel and the desired result. The unique feature of this method is a blue base with glycerin, which is added to the peel. This slows TCA penetration and acts as a color guide that allows us to determine at what point to neutralize the TCA (see table below). When used in conjunction with careful pre- and post-peel care, the results are nothing short of dramatic.