Level 1 Chemical Peels $95
Also known as “light peels” or “lunchtime peels”, these are very superficial peels which act on the outermost epidermal skin layers. They are fast, easy, and can be performed at home or in the physician’s office without the aid of an anesthetic. They generally do not cause any visible peeling and have a much lower risk of irritation or possible side effects. Level 1 peels have increased in popularity over the last few years since you can typically return to work immediately following the treatment without the longer recovery periods of a deeper peel. They are great for those with sensitive skin types, skin maintenance, and those who are new to skin peels.
Level 2 Medium Deep Peels $160 TCA Jessners
This level is referred to as superficial peels. They are almost twice as strong compared to level 1 peels and visible peeling is sometimes possible depending on skin type, stratum corneum density, length of application, and a number of layers applied. They are great for those with oily skin types, non-sensitive skin, dull and rough smoker’s skin, or those who need more correction than maintenance. Level 2 peels will be more aggressive on the skin compared to level 1, so it is important to remove the peel according to the recommended time frames, especially when using it for the first time.
Microdermabrasion with Chemical Peel. $150
These are great for experienced regular peelers and those with resistant skin to other treatments. Level 3 peels may require some downtime depending on how well your skin tolerates them. It is very important you follow the correct times for application when using it for the first time.
There is a higher risk of irritation and side effects associated with level 3 peels.
Risks and Side Effects
- Darkening or lightening of the skin color. These can be more common in people with darker skin.
- Scarring. This can be permanent.
- Infections. People with herpes simplex may experience flares following a treatment. Very rarely, chemical peels can cause fungal or bacterial infections.
- Heart, liver, or kidney damage. The phenol used in deep peels can actually damage the heart muscle, kidneys, and liver, and cause irregular heartbeats.
What to expect after
- Try to stay out of the sun until your skin has healed, and always wear your sunscreen; apply a sunscreen with SPF 30 every morning
- Avoid using makeup or other cosmetics until your practitioner gives you the go-ahead
- You can use ice packs for 20 minutes at a time, or a cool fan, to help relieve discomfort at home
- When cleansing, do not scrub – Use a gentle cleanser as directed by your practitioner
- With any peel, your skin may start to peel 1-3 days after the peel and continue to peel for up to 5 more days; however, it is also possible your skin may not peel at all
- Do not peel, pick or scratch the treated area, as this may result in scarring
- Apply polysporin, bacitracin or Vaseline to dry flaky areas or as directed by your practitioner
- Do not have any other facial treatments for at least 2 weeks after your peel or until the skin is smooth and back to normal
- If given a cortisone cream by your practitioner, please apply it 1-3 times per day to red irritated areas or as directed
- Always wear your sunscreen; apply a sunscreen with SPF 30 every morning