A Vitalize Chemical Peel is ideal for treating and improving the affects of aging, photo-damaged skin, fine lines and wrinkles, pigmentation abnormalities, superficial scarring, acne and melasma. This is a minimally invasive step to achieve healthy looking skin. For some, a more advanced method would be Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) therapy or Fractional Skin Resurfacing Laser. The Chevy Chase Cosmetic Center offers all three options, and your practitioner will advise you on the best method to improve your skin. Come in for a complimentary consultation to see which treatment is best for you. Call 240482-2555 in Chevy Chase, Maryland, and 301-345-7375 for an appointment in Greenbelt, Maryland.
Mariella Purvis, PA-C is a physician assistant who specializes in chemical peels, skin cancer screening and treatment, general and cosmetic dermatology. She administers the medical grade Vitalize and Revitalize Chemical Peels in our Chevy Chase and Greenbelt, Maryland, offices.
Realistic Expectations from a Vitalize Chemical Peel:
* Correct sun damaged skin
* Smooth fine wrinkles
* Reduces mild scarring
* Improves irregular discoloration
* Smoothes rough texture
*Improves acne conditions
Unrealistic Expectations from a Vitalize Chemical Peel:
* Cannot remove or reduce broken blood vessels
* Cannot improve deep wrinkles
* It is impossible to truly change pore diameter. However, after the treatment, the pores will appear less pronounced.
PRE-Vitalize Peel Instructions:
* Avoid sun exposure, i.e. tanning or burning, one week prior to treatment.
* Discontinue the use of any Retinol creams, AHA's, Glycolic Acid, Vitamin C or Bleaching creams one week prior to treatment
Chemical Peels FAQs:
How do Chemical Peels rejuvenate the skin?
Chemical peels produce partial thickness injury to the skin, the depth of which is determined by the chemical agents. Following the trauma to the skin, the wound healing process reorients the new skin connective tissue. Collagen remodeling is the main reason chemical peels decrease sun damage and reduce wrinkles. Deep dermal regeneration can take weeks to months. The epidermis, however, heals in a few days giving the skin an improved appearance, more even skin color, smoother texture and overall, a healthier glow.
How long will the effect of the chemical peel last?
Aging skin is a chronic natural phenomenon. A single peel can reverse some of the clinical and histological signs of aging, but once the skin has healed from the peel, the aging process starts again. Therefore, a daily program specifically designed products that can reverse the signs of aging is necessary to maintain long-term improvement.
What can be expected after a Vitalize Chemical Peel?
Most patients leave the office with their skin looking healthy and fresh. Any redness or discoloration can easily be covered with makeup and most activities can be resumed right away. Within 48 ours a mild flaking will occur, which can be controlled with moisturizers.
Is it safe to have a Vitalize Chemical Peel on a regular basis?
Multiple treatments may be required to achieve desired results. Subsequent peels may be repeated every 3 to 4 weeks. There is no limit to the number of peel a person ca receive as long as improvement continues. The effect is cumulative with time and enhanced with daily regimen products.
How long should Vitalize Peel remain on the skin before washing?
SkinMedica, the makers of Vitalize Peel, recommends washing the face in the evening. If the patient chooses to wash the face sooner, they should wait 1 to 2 hours until the yellow tinge completely disappears.
Can Vitalize Chemical Peel be performed on the neck and décolletage chest area?
Vitalize Chemical Peel can be used on the neck and chest to improve fine wrinkling and blotchy discoloration including brown age spots. One peel is usually not sufficient enough to give the best results. Therefore, non-facial peels are usually repeated several times to achieve best results. It is important to understand that non-facial areas generally do not heal as well as the face due to significantly less amount of hair follicles and sebaceous glands. You might see less peeling on non-facial areas than on the face, but it will still notice improvement in texture, smoothness and color of sun-damaged skin.
What makes Vitalize Peel helpful in management of acne?
One of the active ingredients in Vitalize Peel is salicylic acid that has been used for several decades to treat acne. Salicylic acid is a comedolytic agent. This agent is lipid soluble and therefore it penetrates through the sebum of acne-prone skin better than water-soluble acids. Also, salicylic acid has anti-inflammatory properties since it is related to aspirin. In addition, Retinoic acid inhibits sebum production and reduces hyperkeratinization. It hels to unclog the pores and prevent the formation of new papules. Superficial exfoliation produced by Vitalize Peel also helps to improve post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation caused by acne lesions.
How long after receiving Vitalize Peel can one be exposed to the sun?
Sun avoidance during the recovery period is critical. After the peeling is complete, one can resume regular activities, but daily use of a broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher is imperative for maintaining healthy skin.