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Chemical Peel

Radiant Images Laser Center has Chemical Peel treatments at our two locations in the San Francisco Bay areas, San Ramon and Mountain View.

Deciding if chemical peel is right for you

Radiant Images Laser Center offers free consultations for you to determine if a Chemical Peel is right for you.

Chemical Peel as a Cosmetic Solution - A chemical peel is most commonly performed for cosmetic reasons - to enhance your appearance. It is helpful for individuals with facial blemishes, wrinkles and uneven skin pigmentation.

Chemical Peel as a Medical Solution - Chemical peels may be used to remove pre-cancerous skin growths, to soften acne facial scars and in some situations can even control acne. In certain cases your health insurance may cover the chemical peel procedure. Check your policy and contact your insurance company before the chemical peel procedure is performed.


What is a Chemical Peel?

Chemical peels use a chemical solution to improve and smooth the texture of the facial skin by removing damaged outer layers.

Types of Chemical Peels

Phenol, TriChloroacetic Acid (TCA), and AlphaHydroxy Acids (AHAs) are used in the formulas. Different formulas and different chemical peels are recommended for different skin situations.

AHA Chemical Peels Treatments: AlphaHydroxy Acids (AHAs) are used for the AHA Peel. It is one of the mildest peel formulas. This mild chemical peel can provide smoother, brighter-looking skin for people who can't spare the time to recover from a phenol or TCA peel.

AHA peels are used to treat fine wrinkling, areas of dryness, uneven pigmentation and acne. Various concentrations of an AHA may be applied weekly or at longer intervals to obtain the best result. The AHA solution will be applied to your cleansed facial skin. The treatment usually takes no more than 10 minutes. No "after-peel" ointment or covering is required. Depending on the strength of the peel, periodic treatments may be necessary until the desired effects are achieved.

AHA peels may cause stinging, redness, irritation and crusting, however, as the skin adjusts to the treatment regimen, these problems subside.

Phenol Chemical Peel Treatments : A full-face phenol peel takes one to two hours to perform. For a phenol peel to a specific facial region the procedure may take only 10 or 15 minutes. After the area is cleansed, the Phenol chemical peel solution is applied, you may feel a quick stinging sensation. A single treatment usually suffices. After the treatment, the area is coated with petroleum jelly or a waterproof adhesive tape.

TCA Chemical Peel Treatments: TriChloroacetic Acid (TCA) is the part of the formula used for the TCA Peel - A full-face TCA peel usually takes no more than 15 minutes. Two or more TCA peels may be needed to obtain the desired result, and those may be spaced out over several months. Mild TCA peels may be repeated as often as every month. Your , the skin is first thoroughly cleansed. TCA solution. You may feel a stinging sensation as the TCA peel solution is applied, but this feeling will quickly pass


Alphahydroxy acids (AHAs)
- Smooths rough, dry skin.
- Improves texture of sun-damaged skin.
- Aids in control of acne
- Can be mixed with bleaching agent to correct pigment problems.
- Corrects pigment problems

- A series of peels may be needed.
- As with most peel treatments, sunblock use is recommended.

- Sunblock and wide brim hats must be used for at least couple of week of after treatment to protect the newly formed layers of skin.

- Can be used on neck or other body areas.
- May require pre-treatment with Retin-A or AHA creams.
- Treatment takes only 10-15 minutes.
- Peel depth can be adjusted.
- Most insurance do not cover it.
- It has to be performed by a trained and certified personal.
- No anesthesia or numbering cream is required.
- No anesthesia or numbering cream is required.
- Smooths out fine surface wrinkles.
- Removes superficial blemishes.
- Corrects pigment problems.

- Can be used on neck or other body areas.
- May require pre-treatment with Retin-A or AHA creams.
- Treatment takes only 20-35 minutes.
- Preferred for darker-skinned patients.
- Peel depth can be adjusted.
- Repeat treatment may be needed to maintain results.
- Sunblock must be used for several months.
- Healing is usually quick, much quicker than with a phenol peel.
- Retin A or bleaching agent or AHA wash may be added to home schedule.

Warning: All chemical peels carry some uncertainty and risk. Chemical peels are a safe procedure when it is performed by a qualified, experienced person, however, some risks such as infection and scarring, while infrequent, are possible.

After Your Chemical Peel Treatment

After a chemical peel, it is common to experience some temporary flaking or scaling, redness and dryness of the skin. These conditions are part of your skin's recovery process and will disappear as the skin adjusts to treatment.