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What are chemical peels and how do they work?

Chemical peels are a cosmetic treatment involving the application of one or more specially prepared chemical solutions to the skin to exfoliate it and reveal the more youthful, smooth and healthy layer of skin below. Chemical peels are effective and well suited for the face, hands and neck, and may be used to treat several common conditions including uneven skin tone, wrinkles, fine lines under the eyes and mouth and certain types of acne or melisma.

Types of chemical peel

There are 3 types or degrees of chemical peel that vary depending on the result the patient desires: light, medium and deep peels.

The most common and least invasive is the light peel. When it is administered, the skin is first thoroughly cleansed before application of the chemical solution. Solutions used include such things as glycolic acid, trichloroacetic acid, salicylic acid, lactic acid or carbolic acid and are applied to a small part of the skin to create a controlled wound. It is through this process that the skin is blistered and exfoliated to reveal the younger and smoother skin underneath.

What is the after treatment care?

Following a chemical peel, patients may need bandages for a number of days on some or all of the treated skin, depending on the type of peel that was done. Pain and discomfort following the procedure can be easily mitigated with pain medication. Patients should keep their face moisturized and use ice packs to ease discomfort while at home during the healing process.

Following treatment, the skin will be much more sensitive to the sun, so be sure to avoid the sun particularly at its peak intensity, between 10 am and 2 pm. Use a broad spectrum sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher to protect your skin from UVA and UVB rays and avoid using makeup and other cosmetic products during the healing period.

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Cost of chemical peels in Marina Del Ray

The cost of chemical peels varies depending on factors such as location, expertise of the provider, type of peel, the problem being treated and the desired end result. Weekend peels typically is $850 for 3 treatments, while microlaser peel lite costs $400, medium $575, and strong $875. Mandelic Peels cost $250, Slycilic Peels are $350 per treatment, Retinol Peels are $350.


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