Chemical Peels

Chemical Peel Facials in Philadelphia

Chemical Peels at Metro Laser

Chemical peels are powerful and professional tools in the anti-aging arsenal at  Metro Laser. A chemical peel uses a chemical solution to affect a process of skin peeling and exfoliation to rejuvenate, and improve skin complexion with results beyond those of any at-home consumer product. This procedure not only improves the brightness and texture of the skin but also encourages collagen production, which is a crucial element in keeping your skin nice and tight. 


Whether you have issues with sun damage, acne, or wrinkles, or you simply want to refresh your skin, a chemical peel will certainly go a long way toward achieving your skincare goals.

What Is a Chemical Peel And How Does It Work?

A specialized acid solution is applied to the skin that affects exfoliation and some intentional skin peeling. The solution consists of either glycolic, lactic, or salicylic acid, and it exfoliates the skin by removing the dead skin cells from the surface.


After the top layers of dead skin peel off, most patients see dramatically renewed skin with fewer fine lines, more consistent tone, smother texture, and a youthful glow. 


Professional chemical peels are typically broken into 3 categories: Superficial (light), Medium, and Deep. Each category uses different formulations which are absorbed differently by the skin depending on the need.



Which Type Of Chemical Peel Is Right For Me?

Chemical peels are made in different intensities and formulations. Most common chemical peels use alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs), beta-hydroxy acids (BHA’s), and trichloroacetic acid (TCA). Each of these have qualities better suited to different skin issues than the others. For example, TCA is often used for skin conditions that need the most dramatic improvements in discoloration but which can tolerate the strength of this acid. We will help you decide which chemical peels will be most effective while remaining safe for you.


The intended depth of the chemical solution is another factor that your skincare pro will discuss with you. 


“Superficial” or light chemical peels are intended to just affect the topmost layers of skin. While superficial peels do not generally produce dramatic results, they do offer superior results than any at-home treatment can and usually require no downtime though, you may experience some redness and minor swelling as well as a temporary lighter or darker tone to the renewed skin for several days after the dead skin peels. Superficial or light chemical peels are most common as they can be more easily combined with other treatments and are a good introduction to chemical skin treatments and will typically help you achieve a noticeable improvement in fine lines and wrinkles – especially around the eyes and mouth.


“Medium” chemical peels can produce dramatic improvements in moderate issues such as age spots, freckles and larger lines and wrinkles. However, medium chemical peels may involve some downtime and discomfort during recovery. 


“Deep” chemical peels are becoming more and more uncommon since light and laser based technologies have become more and more sophisticated and can often produce superior results at this level with greatly reduced risk and downtime. Additionally, deep chemical peels can only be administered one time. 



What To Know Before Getting A Chemical Peel

Light to medium chemical peels will usually involve a minimal to moderate amount of peeling within the first few days and can usually be kept under control with a good moisturizer. The lightest chemical peels may involve little to know visible skin peeling for some, but that does not mean that the treatment is not working. The outcome of a chemical peel should be judged by the look of the renewed skin after several days and not how much peeling occurred. 


Any visible peeling will take 2 to 5 days to resolve. You will be advised not to try to pick it off prematurely. Your skin will feel tighter and for some, will look darker in pigmented areas. After the first week, you should see results with noticeably nicer skin. 

You should avoid sun exposure as much as possible during the initial healing time while the skin is peeling and shortly after. 


Depending on your skin and the intensity of chemical peel indicated, we may not be able to combine your chemical peel with other professional skin treatments in the same area until after your skin has rejuvenated. 


There are also health conditions or histories which might mean that we do not recommend a chemical peel. Some of the more common counterindications include sunburn, pregnancy, autoimmune diseases, active cold sores, and some common topical medications. 


Your skincare professional at Metro Laser will be pleased to discuss all of your options and recommend a course of professional treatments that are safe and produce results you’ll love. 

Still Have Questions?

Schedule a free consultation and ask your skin specialist at Metrolaser how our skin treatments might work for you.

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Results and patient experience may vary.

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