With summer just around the corner, it’s a good time to start getting your skin into tip-top shape. Think of it as spring cleaning for your face – unblocking pores, removing dead skin cells, and maybe getting rid of a few blemishes along the way. Chemical peels can provide the perfect solution for just this purpose.
There’s another good reason to do this now – many skin rejuvenation procedures can leave skin sensitive and sun exposure may need to be avoided after aggressive treatments. Most chemical peels fall into the category of non-invasive treatments but they can range in strength from mild to aggressive.
What is a Chemical Peel?
Chemical peels are comprised of a special blend of ingredients (including some acids) designed to address specific issues relating to skin tone and texture. Stronger peels usually cause some form of long-term peeling (up to a few weeks) as the skin is encouraged to shed dead cells and rejuvenate itself.
Downtime will depend on the particular peel used. With milder peels like the V I Peel and the Vitalize Peel, most normal activities can be resumed right after treatment. Stronger peels like the Obagi Blue Peel can result in peeling lasting seven to ten days.
Some of the more popular peels performed at Vitenas Cosmetic Surgery of Houston, Texas, include the following:
- Vitalize Peel
- VI Peel
- Obagi Blue Peel
Each one has slightly different uses, and all can usually be combined with other non-invasive or minimally invasive facial rejuvenation procedures.
Types of Chemical Peel
The Vitalize Peel is a procedure designed to improve skin texture and tone, and help reduce the appearance of fine lines. Due to the blend of active ingredients, it isn’t suitable for treating pregnant women, people with allergic reactions to aspirin, individuals using Accutane or some chemotherapy medications, or those with broken skin (i.e. cold sores.)
After a 15-minute treatment, the skin will begin to peel off after a day or so, and continue to peel over three to four days. Despite this, normal activities can be resumed almost immediately, with appropriate care taken to protect the skin.
Similarly to the Vitalize Peel, the VI Peel can help with issues relating to texture and tone, but also contains ingredients to help both with sagging skin and hyperpigmentation (often caused by over-exposure to sun.) In addition, the VI Peel results in peeling that is light enough to be covered up using a moisturizer, leading to reduced social downtime.
The VI Peel isn’t only for the face either. In fact, it can be used all over the body. Again, though, due to the nature of the peel formula, it might not be appropriate for everyone, so the aesthetician needs to be told about any pre-existing conditions or medications being taken at the time the peel is scheduled for.
Finally, there are the two Obagi peels – the Obagi Blue Radiance and Obagi Blue Chemical peels – and although they both come from the same manufacturer, they are both very different. For example, the Obagi Blue Chemical Peel can only be applied after a pre-treatment, and leaves you with a bluish tint to your skin for around 24 hours after the application.
However, thanks to the way that the layers of product can be built up, and the depth of treatment, it does provide a more complete skin resurfacing solution than other products on the market. It is ideal for removing old, dead and damaged skin cells, to let new, rejuvenated skin shine through.
The Obagi Blue Radiance Peel, on the other hand, doesn’t need any pre-treatment, won’t leave you looking slightly blue, and will only cause skin to peel for a few days, while skin tone and texture appearance will continue to improve for up to 6 weeks following the treatment.
The key difference between the two Obagi peels is that Radiance, the newer peel, is a medium-depth treatment, and the original Blue Peel is a deeper treatment, backed up by the Obagi Nu-derm pre-treatment system. Several applications of Radiance will likely be needed to achieve the same result as a single treatment of the Blue Peel. However, this is balanced by the fact that the Blue Peel is more expensive and has more downtime associated with it.
The choice can be a bit overwhelming, and with so many options available, it’s best to get professional advice for your skin type, tone, texture and expectations for the outcome of any treatment. Dr. Vitenas and his team will happily give you their best advice in choosing a treatment that will leave you looking your absolute best.
For more advice on non-surgical, minimally invasive procedures to enhance and improve facial appearance, and all aspects of plastic surgery and anti-aging treatments, Vitenas Cosmetic Surgery, based in Houston, Texas, can be reached at (281) 484-0088.