Microdermabrasion and superficial chemical peels are quick, economical, no-downtime procedures that renew your skin. They remove dead skin cells and stimulate the growth of new cells.
Advanced Dermatology offers the DERMALINFUSION® which infuses healing, moisturizing, lightening, or anti-aging cosmeceuticals simultaneously to the microdermabrasion. This results in a better result as well as leaving you hydrated, not dry or peeling as with traditional microdermabrasion.
A chemical peel is the application of a chemical substance such as glycolic acid (AHA) or salicylic acid (BHA) that gently exfoliates the surface. A series of peel treatments improves the appearance of superficial lines and uneven pigmentation while making your skin look softer, smoother, and more radiant. The treatments also open pores and reduce acne breakouts.
How do I know if I need one of these treatments?
If you want to economically achieve healthy skin, you may consider microdermabrasion or chemical peels. These procedures are specifically effective against sunspots, sun damage, enlarged pores, and acne scars, and work well on skin that is dry, aged, or oily. All our procedures are suitable for all skin types, including tanned and skin of color.
Women who are pregnant should not have a medical facial. Pregnant women may have chemical peels that contain only glycolic acid (Gel Peel GL).
How do these treatments work?
First your skin is cleansed and then the chemical peel is applied in a thin layer. The peel is left on for 5 minutes, during which you may feel a burning sensation. This discomfort is minimized by a stream of cold air during treatment.
What benefits can I expect?
After a series of treatments you can expect improvement in overall appearance as well as in sunspots, sun damage, enlarged pores, acne scars, and dryness. Your skin will also look less aged and oily. We recommend three sessions two weeks apart and maintenance treatments every 4 to 12 weeks. You will notice improvement after each treatment.
What are the risks and side effects?
Tell your provider if you have diabetes, autoimmune disease, history of cold sores, or filler injected into the area to be treated. No other preparation is required.
Downtime, flaking, peeling, and redness are minimal with the peels used by Advanced Dermatology. Slight redness, skin sensitivity, and skin tightness usually persist no longer than a day. Flaking and irritation may occasionally remain for up to five days. Your skin will feel smoother and softer and you may feel slight stinging, burning, or itching during this time. After DERMALINFUSION® your skin may be slightly pink for about an hour. With other types of chemical and laser peels, side effects may persist up to two weeks.
Prior to treatment all potential risks and side effects will be discussed with you by your medical provider and cosmetic coordinator.
How will I look and feel during and after the treatment?
The treated area is cleansed and sunscreen applied. Your skin is usually normal immediately after a mild chemical peel or microdermabrasion. There is no specific post treatment care for microdermabrasion. Your skin may be slightly red or it may peel for 1 to 2 days and rarely 5 days after chemical peel treatment. Skin may also feel tighter and smoother with a little sting or itch. During this time you can care for your skin with a mild non-abrasive cleanser. We also recommend (1) regular use of sunscreen (SPF 30 or higher) with zinc oxide as an active ingredient and (2) avoiding prolonged sun exposure.
Are there other ways to get the same effect?
Yes. Laser photorejuvenation or resurfacing, topical skin care products, camouflage makeup, and other types of microdermabrasion are alternatives. Laser treatments produce better results but are more expensive and have more potential side effects.
Can this be combined with other treatments?
Yes. Microdermabrasion and chemical peels can each be combined with other treatments we offer.
What are the costs of medical facials, chemical peels, and microdermabrasion?
Treatments are available alone or in packages at a reduced fee. To learn more please call Advanced Dermatology at 847-459-6400 or click to make an appointment with one of our cosmetic coordinators.