Are Chemical Peels Right For You?
The cosmetic specialists at the Eye Physicians of Long Beach offer a variety of peels to help refresh and rejuvenate your look.
Vivite is a facial peel only available in a doctor’s office by a trained medical professional. This glycolic chemical facial peel is specifically designed with natural botanical antioxidants to visibly improve skin texture, color, and tone without any discomfort.
This type of peel is considered a conservative way to improve your skin’s appearance over time without the downtime and excessive peeling that can occur with traditional peels. Its advanced formulation helps improve overall skin clarity and smoothness and helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Vivite contains a 70% glycolic compound and has a pH level of 2.75. Because of its natural botanical antioxidants, Vivite will not cause the redness that’s associated with other glycolic peels. You may experience some stinging with the Vivite facial peel, but it will not be painful in any way.
Trichloracetic acid (TCA) peels are considered medium-depth peels. The advantage of TCA peels is that they are suitable for most skin types, including darker-toned skin.
TCA peels are best for people who are not currently breastfeeding or pregnant. They should also not have any skin conditions like psoriasis, rosacea, or eczema.
Having a skin condition like this and getting a TCA peel can lead to serious complications. If you think you may have one of these conditions, talk to a doctor before getting a TCA peel to be safe.
TCA is a skin-resurfacing treatment: it removes dead skin cells in the skin’s top layer, called the epidermis. Under the epidermis, a new layer of skin is then uncovered.
This new layer of skin appears both smoother and more vibrant. As a result, it softens fine lines, minimizes the appearance of dark spots and other skin discolorations, and generally improves the tone and texture of your skin.
As a TCA peel is considered an elective procedure, it is not covered by health insurance. Make sure you can pay for your procedure before scheduling an appointment.
TCA peels are also very popular for diminishing the appearance of acne scars. The treatment will usually take about thirty minutes to complete.
During the first few minutes of a TCA peel, it is common to feel burning, followed by some stinging pain. This is the acid exfoliating and clearing away the top layers of the skin.
Multiple TCA treatments may be recommended. Treatments are usually spaced 2 to 3 months apart to increase their effectiveness. For the best possible results, make sure to continue wearing sunscreen daily.
You should also avoid waxing or sugaring hair where you had a TCA peel, as it could injure your skin in the weeks after your procedure. It takes some time for your skin to fully recover.
Ready to Get Started?
Call 562.799.2020 or contact our Long Beach Facial Peel experts to schedule a consultation and find out which procedure is right for you.