939 W. Market St., Suite 3, Lima, OH 45805 | 419-516-0515

Chemical Peels

What is a chemical peel?

Chemical peels are concentrated solutions carefully applied to the skin that exfoliate (remove dead skin cells from the outer layers of skin), exposing the softer, smoother skin underneath. With medium strength peels, collagen is also produced.

What are the benefits of a chemical peel?

Chemical peels are one of the best ways to refresh your skin. They can help fade hypertrophic (dark) skin, even out skin tone, treat sun damage, and improve skin color, freshness, texture, wrinkles and acne scars.

Am I a good candidate?

You will be evaluated by Dr. Kuhlman or Jodi Wilhelm, CNP to determine if you are a good candidate. Clients who have hypersensitive skin, sunburn, cold sores, open skin lesions, recent facial surgery, severe acne, pregnant or have used Accutane in the last year are not candidates for a chemical peel.

What is the procedure like?

Pictures will be taken. You will be resting comfortably and your hair, ears and eyes will be covered and Vaseline applied to your lips. Your skin will be thoroughly cleaned and dried. The chemical peel solution will be applied to your skin and monitored very closely by Dr. Kuhlman/Jodi Wilhelm, CNP and the esthetician.  You may experience burning where the solution is placed, and several layers may be applied. When the desired skin appearance is achieved, usually in about 5 to 10 minutes, a neutralizing solution will be applied. A post-procedure cream is then applied. Your skin will usually look normal after about 30 minutes.

Is there any downtime?

For a superficial peel there is usually minimal to no down time –most clients have mild redness and flaking for a couple days. For the deeper TCA peel, you should plan on one week of downtime. Your skin will peel as if you had a sunburn. Peeling of the skin usually starts 1-2 days after the TCA peel and  continues for about 5 days. Your skin may turn dark, become stiff and resemble leather. It will then crack, flake and peel. Once you have finished peeling, you will have beautiful new skin. You can physically return to work immediately, but the skin appearance may embarrass some people to the point that they do not want to be seen in public for several days. Our entire staff had a TCA chemical peel and no one missed work. You can resume your normal skin care routine 1-2 weeks after the procedure.

What solutions are used?

We use alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) Vitamin C for superficial peels, Jessner's solution for light medium peels, and Trichloroacetic acid (TCA) for deep medium depth peels.

What can I do to help get a good outcome?

Be healthy with good diet and exercise, do not smoke, avoid sunlight and use good skin care products such as cleansers, moisturizers, SPF, Retin-A and hydroquinone. After the procedure, you should apply aquaphor until you peel and absolutely do not pick at your skin as this can cause scars.

How many treatments are required?

For the superficial AHA vitamin C peel, we frequently recommend 4 peels, each about 2 weeks apart. The Jessner peel can be repeated after a month. The deeper TCA peel requires just one session. We often will combine a chemical peel with other treatments such as  IPL laser, Vistapen Micro-needling, and skin care products such as Retin-A, hydroquinone, etc

When will I see results and how long will it last?

You will see results within a week as soon as the skin finishes peeling. A single TCA peel will usually last 6-12 months.

How much does the skin peels cost?

We charge $150 for the AHA vitamin C peel, $250 for the Jessner peel, and $350 for the TCA peel. The fee is reduced if combined with other services.

Where can I learn more?

www.realself.com/Chemical-peel/reviews