chemical peel vs dermabrasion (Part 2) Hot Conversation

If you ladies remember, a while back I was considering which procedure to have to remove age spots. Well, after research and deliberation, I decided to have a chemical peel process where you get one peel every month for six months. Cost: $750 (or $625 if paid in total up front. There will also be some after treatment creams to buy along the way–approx $25 after ea treatment).

Yesterday was my first one. I’ll have to say that the experience was pleasant enough. The aesthetician cleaned my skin, applied a toner, and then a layer of the peel chemical. She asked my comfort level re pain from 1-10. I’ll have to say that the worst it ever got was about a 5, and it was more like a severe itch than anything else. She fanned my face–which helped. (I told her she would probably get more business if she had a hunky guy with a large feather fan do this step — but I digress). She proceeded to do the same layering process three more times, as my skin was not reacting negatively. She told me to leave the stuff on until the evening of the following day.

The morning after: I got up a while ago and my face looks like I have a medium tan and feels ok. The aesthetician had told me that I would probably get very red, but it doesn’t look like that will happen.

I’ll keep you all posted. Please feel free to ask any questions.

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23 Responses

  1. Generic Image jay1959 says

    Thanks for the information.  I have been doing some research myself and agree that a peel was the best choice, however I am also thinking about laser.  I am getting more and more hyperpigmentation on my face  from all those years of sun worship.  I have had laser once before.  Problem is….. everything eventually returns.

     

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    • Ageless Elaine Ageless Elaine says

      I get Fractional Laser Skin Rejuvenation treatments, as well as peels (see above).
      Cost is a factor.  It helps that I own the medspa! lol
      The laser works more from the inside-out, getting down deeper.  In addition to helping enormously with uneven skin tone, the laser targets collagen so it also tightens your skin.
      Our clients keep renewing their packages, and adding body parts :)

      I will add that regular use of a vitamin A product helps a great deal.  Exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate. 

      Professional treatments and products really do work.

      Sunblock should be a no-brainer.

      Good luck, and keep us posted.

      Ageless Elaine

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      • Generic Image MiMi says

        Is there REALLY anything that would work on arms and hands. I tortured myself in the sun until about 8 years ago(59 now) except for my face which I have always coverd and used sunscreen on …thankfully! I literally have no elasticity and its wrinkled like my grandmothers was in her 90s’!I so love the sleeveless tops etc: but steer clear because I’m self concious. The irony here is that I’m still in relatively good shape beacuse I work very hard at it. As I’ve said in other streams..God has a weird sense of humor!BTW….$$$ is an issue. Thanks for any suggestions you might have.

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      • pp901 pp901 says

        Drs Rodan and FIelds have come out with a new “Reverse” that targets age and  sun spots wonderfully. (They are the Practiv Drs)— Look at http://www.ppate.myrandf.com

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      • Generic Image phoof18 says

        Oh My gosh, it is like I am writing this.  In a matter of months my arms went from not great, to “you now have your Grandmothers arms” and I am not quite 60 yet.  What to do?  So wrinkled and ugly.  I sympathize!

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  2. Olga Olga says

    DAYS 2 & 3: Well, ladies, so far, so good. Some reddening and some heavy itching. The creams I got help. One of the creams was  hydrochortisone .5%, meant to soothe. However, when the itching got really bad last night, I used hydrochortisone 1%, which I had in the medicine cabinet for itching. That helped more. Right now it’s feeling better than yesterday. Have begun some mild peeling. Part of the peeling was over one of the dark spots and the spot is visibly smaller–the darker center is what is left. Thank goodness, because that particular spot was right under one of my nostrils–you all can imagine how good that looked. lol

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    • Generic Image Dona says

      Olga I am a bit late reading your articles but could you tell me what kind of peel this is?

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      • Olga Olga says

        It’s a chemical peel. Don’t know the exact chemical.

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  3. Ageless Elaine Ageless Elaine says

    Peels are awesome!  In order to keep our skin looking young, healthy, and radiant,  guess what?  The skin cells have to be young and healthy.  Off with the old, up with the new, young skin cells.

    Btw, it is possible to have “peels” without actually peeling.  Check with your aesthetician. 

    Keep up the good work and don’t forget your products.

    PS – I own a medspa and will be looking into getting a hunky guy with a large feather fan to replace our little, boring, electric fans!

    Ageless Elaine

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    • gail maria gail maria says

      What exfoliant do you recommend?  And what otc products specifically?

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      • pp901 pp901 says

        The Proactiv Drs have come out with a wonderful couple of regimens called “Reverse” and “Anti-Aging” line that targets age and sun spots.  http://www.ppate.myrandf.com.  It is the latest breakthrough with clinical ingredients OTC through Direct Sales.  Let me know what you think.  

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      • Ageless Elaine Ageless Elaine says

        Gail Maria,

        I don’t recommend OTC products.

        I believe it is worth the effort and money to get professional products.  Vitamin A is the way to go.  Start slowly, and build up frequency and concentration to get healthy, radiant, young-looking skin.

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      • Generic Image Shari2010 says

        i was just at a seminar yesterday with a top notch Derm from Arizona……

        She recommends Vit C in the Morning, and VIt A(retinol) in the night………and sunscreen rain or shine everday……

        if you have a clinic that does PCA peels go for them, they are the best……

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    • Generic Image Cel says

      Ok, Elaine, I’m curious. Where is your medspa? I’m wondering if I can see that hunk:) Am thinking of putting permanent eyeliner (don’t know the correct terminology). Any thoughts?

      Cel

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  4. Generic Image Shari2010 says

    hi olga, i have a med spa in calgary too, and have been practising esthetics for 28yrs…..I highly recommend doing peels, but i also recommend a microdermabrasion with a foto facial….Amazing results!!!! gives your face a new fresh bright look. However, fotoF are not recommended in the summer at all because of the high production of melanin is our skin(tan)

    HOw we want to age, is our choice, but there is a lot of amazing technology out there to keep us young outside, if we feel young inside. And i so agree with ageless angela…….exfoliation at deeper levels only, will keep your skin stimulated with new production of cells..so microdermabrasions combined with peels are highly successfull on a regular basis, and of course SUN BLOCK, rain or shine everyday………im open to answer any questions regarding skin…so fire them on…

    Gracefully aging Shari (shariskinandbody.ca)

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    • Generic Image MiMi says

      Will it do anything for deep wrinkles on arms and or skin elasticity?

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      • Generic Image Shari2010 says

        Well it will plump up the collagen and soften the dermis, however to do the arms is a big area and therefore it can get costly…..you need 5 to 6 treatments. But if these wrinkles are  static, the only lasers that will work will be a fractional, or co2..your plastic surgeon.

        However you can research it on the web under fractional and co2 lasers!! good luck mimi

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  5. NicoleinSeattle NicoleinSeattle says

    I have had several TCA peels and am scheduled for a 4th to deal with skin discoloration from the sun.. It is pretty painful, but if you have the right skin type (fair) the results are awesome. BTW, I had 5 or 6 laser treatments first, with absolutley no visible effect. From 2 different Dr.s Evidently they are not effective for everyone. There is also about a 1 week “recovery” period after the TCA—you’re peeling. Not painful.

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  6. pp901 pp901 says

    Hi Do you know the name of this peel?  Does she work under a Dr. ? Just checking the level of peel–Thanks, Paula

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    • Olga Olga says

      No, I don’t know the name, but will find out. She does work under a doctor.

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    • Olga Olga says

      Hi 901,

      Sorry it took me so long to get back with you–been out of town. Anyway, the peel, as well as the ‘aftercare’ products are from PCA SKIN (physicians care alliance). Is that something you’re familiar with?

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  7. Olga Olga says

    UPDATE – 1 1/2 WEEKS AFTER PEEL. Well, ladies, considering this was the first of six peels, I am very happy with the results. The peeling was minimal, and it was more like every time I washed I could feel little ‘crumbs’ of skin coming off. There weren’t big chunks of skin peeling off at any time. At this point the peeling has stopped and my skin feels smoother and looks a little brighter. The dark spots, while still there, seem to be smaller. That is, it’s more like the darker areas in the middle are what remain and the lighter, outer areas are gone. My next peel is in a couple of weeks and I’m looking forward to it. Will keep you posted. Thanks for all your input.

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