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Chemical Peels Toronto | Skin Peels | Anti Aging Procedures

Peels are one of the most popular cosmetic procedures in Toronto, throughout Canada, and all around the world. This is because chemical peels are a safe, quick and effective treatment with positive results and no down time.

Some people are afraid of peels because of the scary images of burned faces seen online. However, these fears have nothing to do with reality: chemical peels have been widely used for many years, and today they are a safe and non-invasive treatment option for numerous skin problems, such as acne, acne scars, aging and sun damaged skin. Our skin care professionals at Toronto Acne & Rosacea Centre will help select the right peel for you. Our skilled dermatologists and medical estheticians will use their professionalism and experience to select the right treatment for you and help you get rid of acne.

A chemical peel is a procedure used to improve the appearance of the skin. A chemical substance is applied to the skin, removing the top layers and stimulating new skin to regenerate. After the chemical peel, new skin is smoother and healthier than the old skin, and may also be more even in colour. Millions of chemical peels are performed each year.

Dermatologists at Toronto Acne & Rosacea Centre have been using various peeling agents for years and are experts in performing a variety of peeling services. Nowadays, with the growing interest in rejuvenating skin and anti-aging, along with acne treatment and prevention, chemical peeling has gained popularity as an efficient anti-aging and anti-acne procedure. Gentle chemical peels as a rosacea treatment can be beneficial as well.

The results of chemical peels may also be intensified by laser/light-based rejuvenation treatments. A thorough examination by your dermatologist or well-trained medical esthetician is necessary before starting a chemical peel program.

What can a chemical peel do?

Acne and acne scarring may also be treated with chemical peels, as well as pigmentation of the skin in the form of freckles, sun spots, age spots, liver spots, blotchiness due to taking birth control pills may be improved with chemical peeling. Chemical peels also help to renew sun-damaged skin and scaling patches.Sunscreens and sun blocks should be utilized in conjunction with chemical peels in order to minimize the chance of the reappearance of lesions.

How are chemical peels performed?

Chemical peels may be applied to the face, neck, chest, hands, arms, and legs. Depending on skin condition superficial, medium, or deep chemical peels may be used. As a rule, the deeper the peel is, the longer is the recovery time. Dermatologists at Toronto Acne & Rosacea Centre will recommend the best peel for your skin problems.

The procedure is usually performed in a dermatologist's office. Before the peel the skin is thoroughly cleansed in order to remove excess oils, and the eyes and hair are protected. After that one or more chemical solutions such as glycolic acid, trichloroacetic acid (TCA), salicylic acid, retinoic acid, lactic acid, or phenol are applied. Depending on your skin problem, your dermatologist will suggest the proper peeling agent based upon the type of skin damage and desired results.

During the procedure, the substance is gently applied to the skin. The application produces separation and eventually peels off layers of skin (sometimes visible, but many times invisible or "micro" peeling), enabling new skin to appear.

During the treatment, most patients experience a warm to hot sensation that may last up to ten minutes, followed by mild stinging. A deep chemical peel may be more painful and requires medication during or after the procedure.

What should be expected after chemical peel?

Depending on the type of peel chosen, patients may experience a mild to severe sun burning sensation. Superficial peeling usually causes redness, followed by scaling that can last three to five days, though most patients experience "micro" peeling where the peeling occurs at the microscopic level.

Medium and deep peeling may sometimes result in swelling and blisters that may last from 7 to 14 days or longer. Some peels may need surgical tape to be put on part or all of the skin that is peeled.

It is important to avoid sun exposure immediately after a chemical peel since the new skin is very fragile. Experts at the Toronto Acne & Rosacea Centre will provide you with professional after-care for faster recovery.

What are the possible complications?

In some cases, there is a risk of temporary or permanent skin color change. Birth control pills, pregnancy, or hereditary brownish discoloration may increase the risk of developing abnormal pigmentation, so sunscreen or sunblock application is very important. Temporary redness may also appear and rarely can last for a few weeks.

There is also a very low risk of scarring after chemical peels. Though if scarring does occur, it can usually be successfully treated with excellent results. There may also be a risk of herpes simplex infection in patients with a history of fever blisters/cold sores. It is important to inform your dermatologist of any past history of keloids, unusual scarring tendencies, extensive radiation to the face, or recurring cold sores, for proper precautions to be taken before chemical peeling.

What are the limitations of chemical peels?

Chemical peeling can’t remove deep scars or treat severe acne or hormonal acne. In this case dermabrasion, laser resurfacing (e.g. ProFractional Laser) or non-ablative laser therapy, punch grafting, punch elevation, subcision, scar excision, or soft tissue fillers (e.g. Juvederm, Restylane, Radiesse, Artesense) will be more effective. For severe acne or hormonal acne, oral medications are typically required.

Contact our dermatologists or medical estheticians at Toronto Acne & Rosacea Centre to see if a chemical peel is the right treatment for you.

Call 416-633-0001 or email us today for an acne consultation. Toronto Acne & Rosacea Centre is located at 4256 Bathurst St., Suite 400 (Bathurst & Sheppard) within Toronto Dermatology Centre in Toronto, Ontario, and serves patients in North York, Thornhill, Richmond Hill, Markham, Vaughan, York, Aurora, King City, Mississauga, Oakville, Etobicoke, Scarborough, Bramptom, Newmarket, Maple, Cambridge, Pickering, Ajax, downtown, uptown, midtown, and all of Greater Toronto (GTA)

Dr. Benjamin Barankin and Dr. Anatoli Freiman are dermatologists at Toronto Acne & Rosacea Centre, providing complete medical, cosmetic, surgical and laser skin care. Our acne centre provides a variety of physician-grade skin care products, prescription creams and gels, prescription pills for acne, as well as a variety of services that treat acne and prevent acne such as: facials, oxygen facials, chemical peels, microdermabrasion (medical-grade, SilkPeel DermalInfusion), BBL / IPL (photorejuventation), photodynamic therapy, and acne scar removal such as by subcision, TCA CROSS, fillers, excisions, and laser resurfacing using the ProFractional laser. Our physician-grade skin products include: Dermamelan, SkinCeuticals, SkinMedica, ZO Skin Health, ZO Medical, Jane Iredale, Elta MD & Latisse.

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