Chemical Peel In Fort Lauderdale
What Is A Chemical Peel?
No matter how diligent we are when it comes to taking great care of our skin, there are many factors such as environmental aggressors, sun damage, and hormonal acne that aren’t fully addressed by at-home treatments alone.
Chemical peels are a safe, modern approach to restoring a healthy complexion, with little downtime. Alpha-hydroxy acids and Beta-hydroxy acids combine to deeply exfoliate the skin, addressing a wide array of skin concerns from aging to breakouts and dullness.
At Galt Dermatology, we offer superficial and medium-depth peels. Our physicians will walk you through the process, and explain how each peel is custom-tailored to the individual. Depending on your skin and your desired results, chemical peels can be customized in the depth of each treatment.
Superficial peels are performed by our aesthetician. We offer a variety of well-known proprietary superficial peels at our clinic. These peels are also known as "lunchtime peeling" or "micro-peeling" because they only take about 20 minutes. You can go back to work immediately after the treatment, and there is no downtime.
Dr. Villacorta is a member of the International Peeling Society (IPS) and performs our medical-grade medium depth peels. We offer glycolic acid peels, salicylic acid peels, and TCA (trichloroacetic acid) peels. He will analyze your individual situation and aesthetic goals and discuss which treatment will meet your health and aesthetic expectations.
Benefits Of Chemical Peels
- Result in younger-looking, radiant skin
- Decrease lines and wrinkles
- Erase dark spots
- Reduce scars
- Help cure acne
- Brighten skin
- Reduce sun damage
- No or little downtime
- Cost-effective and safe
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What To Expect With A Chemical Peel
Chemical peels are often referred to as the “lunch-time treatment” as appointment duration typically is no longer than 15-20 minutes. Peels of a greater depth may increase to around 1 hour.
First, your face will be cleaned and all oil will be removed from your face by applying alcohol or acetone to your skin. Care will be taken to protect sensitive areas on your face such as your eyes. The peel will be applied in a systematic fashion typically starting on the forehead. You will feel a sting when the chemical makes contact with the skin. You will have a handheld electric fan that you can use to cool your skin. The depth of the peel will be determined by the type of peel and the length of time that your chemical is left on your skin. Ice water will be applied gently to the skin to stop the peeling process and cool down the skin. You will receive wound care instructions and sunscreen will be applied to your skin before you leave.
In the days after your peeling treatment you will experience a tightening of the skin and then shedding. Deeper treatments may require a few additional days while the skin goes through the shedding stages. The total duration of the peeling process will depend on the depth of treatment, but standardly runs the course of 5-14 days to achieve full exfoliation. Additional treatments can be spaced 2-4 weeks apart.
Chemical peels are a cost-friendly, non-invasive counterpart to concerns such as wrinkles, which some may choose to treat through cosmetic surgeries. They are available to patients of all ages. Contact our office at 954-463-5406 to book yours today.
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The Best Chemical Peel Near You in Fort Lauderdale, FL
Galt Dermatology serves both men and women of all ages in the Fort Lauderdale area. Trust your skin health to our dedicated team and to our board-certified dermatologist, Dr. Villacorta. To schedule your initial consultation, please call our office at 954-463-5406 or schedule your appointment online.
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Chemical Peels Frequently Asked Questions
Glycolic acid (GA) is extracted from sugar cane juice. The molecules of GA are tiny and can, therefore, easily penetrate the skin. Glycolic acid peels with a concentration of up to 70% are very effective medium depth peels.
At this concentration, they help regenerate the upper skin layers of the skin and stimulate collagen formation in the subcutis (deeper skin layers). This results in a smoother, firmer, and more even-looking skin.
Treatment is carried out in several sessions, 14 to 28 days apart.
Dr. Villacorta and his licensed aesthetician perform glycolic peelings to rejuvenate the skin of men and women alike. This peel is popular because regular peeling treatments with glycolic acid, a fruit acid of the alpha-hydroxy acid family (AHA), can significantly improve your appearance caused by skin aging.
Salicylic acid peels are excellent for treating acne and roughness due to their anti-inflammatory and keratolytic properties. Salicylic acid (SA) is one of the Beta Hydroxy Acids (BHAs), which are oil-soluble. It dissolves the top layer of the skin. It penetrates into oil-filled pores to reduce buildup and the secretion of sebum. Salicylic acid peels help control oil (sebum) production in congested and acne-prone skin.
Thanks to its anti-inflammatory effect, it can reduce irritation and redness from acne breakouts. In general, women and men treated with SA tolerate the procedure very well. Patients with sensitivity to aspirin, however, should not receive salicylic acid peels.
Depending on the concentration and method of application, TCA treatment can have a superficial or medium-depth effect. This peel removes the upper layers of the skin, which are often damaged by the sun or by aging processes. TCA is used to treat wrinkles, age spots, pigmentation disorders, and other epidermis problems such as severe UV damage.
Dr. Villacorta uses TCA in concentrations of 20-35% to treat the more acne scars, deeper lines, wrinkles, hyperpigmentation like dark spots and freckles, and precancers.
After application, the uppermost cell layers shed and fall off in the course of a few days. The skin appearing under the removed cell layers is smoother. Skin texture improves, superficial wrinkles disappear, and dark pigmentation is reduced. After healing, it is essential to apply sunscreen and avoid sunbathing.
It can take a few days after your peeling treatment before your skin starts to shed. However, it is a common misconception that if you don't peel after a treatment then the chemical peel didn't work.
The amount of skin shedding depends on the type of peel, the depth of the peel, your skin type, and the wound care process. It is important to remember that you don't need to experience shedding have a successful treatment.
The deeper the peel, the greater the results, and additional downtime due to increased skin redness, sensitivity, inflammation, skin exfoliation, and healing. Keep in mind that complications may arise with at-home treatments and deeper peels. Superficial chemical peelings are a suitable choice for persons looking for skincare maintenance and mild correction. However, they are just that – superficial. Even 4-6 superficial peels spaced 3-4 weeks apart will not remove deep lines, wrinkles, and excess pigmentation. For excellent results in these situations, patients need a medium-depth peel.
Depending on your skin type, you may need to prep the skin for several weeks to avoid darkening the skin after your peel. Schedule a free cosmetic consultation to discuss your treatment goals and options.
Chemical peels are not recommended for breastfeeding or pregnant women, or persons who have recently taken Acutance. Products containing Retinols such as Tretinoin or Retin-A and face waxing should be stopped one week before any chemical peel treatment.
You should also not have a chemical peel if you have an active skin infection. If you have a history of cold sores, please inform your doctor to take measure to prevent another breakout after the peel.
Effective, professional strength chemical peels are performed by highly skilled and licensed aestheticians and dermatologists. These peels are not the same as or do-it-yourself home peel kits or over-the-counter ones that are often buffered and diluted. If you buy any type of peeling acid online, consider health risks such as injuring your hands and face.
Our board-certified dermatologist, Dr. Miguel Villacorta is a leading expert in dermatology and medical peelings. He is one of the most respected and trusted dermatologists when it comes to diagnosing and treating cosmetic skin conditions, including acne, aging skin, dark spots, and scars.
Dr. Villacorta and his team member, a licensed medical aesthetician under his supervision, are highly skilled and experienced to perform chemical peeling treatments. During a thorough consultation, you will receive comprehensive information on every procedure of your choice and up-front pricing details – thanks to our direct care dermatology model.