Chemical Peels

What Will A Peel Do For ?

A chemical peel is a technique which involves the application of a variety of chemical solutions to remove the damaged outer layers of dead skin cells from the skin’s surface. It is extremely beneficial for many skin conditions such as hyperpigmentation, rosacea, acne, sun damage, and photo aging.

What type of home care should I use after my chemical peel?

There are specific instructions to be followed after your skin peel – this is as important as the peel itself. Post care will include occlusive healing balms, epidermal growth factor (cell renewal and wound repair), calming, soothing topicals to reduce itching and inflammation, and always sun screen! When the skin peel is completed and your professional has determined the skin is healed, daily skin care is essential. The most important part of a home care routine is a cleanser and a sunblock. Next in importance is a supportive cell rejuvenator. These are the basics. Additional specialty products, such as pumice and buffing washes, antioxidants, eye serums, nighttime moisturizers, AHAs, ascorbic acid, retinol, enzymes, masks, and topical correctives may be added to enhance and maintain results.

What are the different types of peels?

All treatment procedures are considered superficial; they do not penetrate beyond the epidermis or papillary dermis. They are not to be confused with medical or physician-strength peels that affect the reticular dermis. PROGRESSIVE - This refers to a treatment that does not usually cause immediate exfoliation and only removes the outer layer of skin or the stratum corneum. As treatments are repeated, the skin will experience a mild sloughing. MID-DEPTH - These peels affect the intra-epidermal layer, and exfoliation occurs within two to three days after application. The skin goes through very little down time. Peeling consists of light flaking similar to a sunburn peel. DEEP - These peels affect the deepest intra-epidermal layers. The skin becomes brown and crusty then undergoes considerable peeling, which occurs three to four days after application. The skin peels in large segments as opposed to flaking. The entire process takes about seven to ten days.

What is a chemical peel?

A chemical peel is a technique which involves the application of a variety of chemical solutions to remove the damaged outer layers of dead skin cells from the skin’s surface. It is extremely beneficial for many skin conditions such as hyperpigmentation, rosacea, acne, sun damage, and photo aging. By removing the build-up of dead skin cells and stimulating the regenerative process, you will notice marked improvements in the formation of wrinkles and fine lines, texture and tone of the skin, hydration, reduced pore size, clearing of blemishes and more balanced oil production and an overall healthier skin appearance.


If I have had previous plastic or eye surgeries, can I still have Botox or fillers?

Absolutely, these procedures augment what you have already had. Several doctors routinely refer patients with specific needs.

Will using Botox regularly make me have more wrinkles?


Is there any down time after these activities?

Usual routines can be resumed immediately. With fillers, several hours of icing the area and rest are recommended. By the next day the patient is ready to resume usual activities.

Can I do just a graduated type of treatment?

Yes, but I advocate total correction at time of treatment, because every part influences the other. I have had patients who needed Botox for the forehead, crow's feet and eleven lines, and opt just to do the elevens making the forehead wrinkles even more noticeable. The same is true with fillers. It is better to undergo the full correction rather than trying to economize and use fewer syringes.

Are there any long time side effects?

In experienced hands, the results should be amazing. Expect some swelling, soreness, and mild bruising, all which resolve within one week to ten days. The body will break down these compounds over time.

What are fillers?

They are actually compounds that fill an area or space. There are many fillers available such as collagen, hyaluronic acid, calcium hydroxyappatite, etc. These compounds are excellent choices for filling in wrinkle lines and crevices around the mouth, between the eyes, and along the the jowl.

Who is a good candidate for Botox?

Anyone who is of the age of legal consent. It is not recommended for pregnant or nursing mothers, people who undergoing extensive immune-suppresive therapy( such as heart transplant patients, etc.), or individuals with very serious chronic diseases.

How often do I need to be treated?

Usually one treatment will last up to 4 months.

What is Botox?

It is a very safe and reliable medication used in assortment of medical conditions to cause muscle relaxation.


How long should my hair be before my wax appointment?

The first thing you need to know is that for body waxing, the hair must be AT LEAST 1/4 of an inch. This means if you shaved less than 2 1/2 weeks ago, your hair isn't long enough. Please consider this when you are booking your appointment, as we WILL reschedule you if you don't have enough outgrowth. For facial waxing, the outgrowth must be 1/8th of an inch. If your hair is longer than 1/4 an inch you may wish to use electric clippers or scissors to trim the hair before hand, as this will shorten the time on the waxing bed significantly, and also makes the service less painful. If you can't reach the area to trim it yourself, don't worry. We keep electric clippers around, too.

What should I know before my waxing appointment?

The idea of getting waxed for the first time can be really scary, no matter what body part you're thinking of taking the plunge for. We're going to give you some important information that, whether you're an old hand at waxing or a complete novice, will make your experience easier before, during, and after.

Can I exfoliate before my wax appointment?

If you intend to exfoliate the area before getting waxed, use a clean loofah or a dry brush, and stay away from any Alpha Hydroxy Acids for at least 5 days before hand.

What is the best way to reduce the pain during waxing?

A few things which have been found to influence the pain during waxing are hydration levels and hormones. If you can, avoid caffeine and alcohol the day before your waxing service as dehydration makes the pores tighten up around the hairs, making them more difficult (and painful) to remove. Please note that being waxed during your menstrual cycle is more painful, and will make your more prone to bruising and swelling. If you chose to come in during your cycle, you must be using a menstrual cup or tampon, and please tuck the string as far out of sight as you can. Whether you are currently menstruating or not, or sensitive to pain many people often still find it useful to take an over-the-counter pain medication such as Advil or Tylenol 30 to 45 minutes before the service.

When is waxing not recommended?

Waxing is not recommended for anyone on blood thinning medications or with severe anemia, and not possible at all for anyone who is currently using or has used Accutane in the last 6 months. Facial waxing will not be performed on anyone who is currently using Alpha Hydroxy Acids, Retin-A or other topical Retinoids- for safety sake, we recommend waiting two week after discontinuing use. Please advise us of ANY acne medications you are using, prescription or not. The side effect of not heading these precautions can result in removing skin along with the unwanted hair.

Is there any after care from waxing?

Some things to keep in mind after your waxing appointment: It is important to avoid sun exposure to the waxed area for AT LEAST 2 to 5 days, as the area will be more prone to sunburn. It is also important to avoid pools, spas, saunas, and all open bodies of water for a couple of days after you've been waxed. The pores are wide open after having the hair removed and this makes them more susceptible to trapping bacteria inside them, and it may take up to 48 hours for them to close back up. If the follicle closes up with bacteria trapped inside it, this can lead to potentially serious infection and ingrown hairs. Very hot showers are also not advisable since the skin will be more sensitive to heat. If you regularly engage in strenuous exercise, it is important that you shower immediately afterwards as sweat also tends to harbor unwanted bacteria which can lead to breakouts.

Do you have advice to help minimize breakouts after waxing?

Things like witch hazel, tea tree oil mixed with grape seed oil, or hydrogen peroxide applied morning and evening are beneficial during this period to prevent breakouts, and infected follicles. It's pretty normal to break out a little bit the first several times you wax, as the oil your skin naturally secrets clings to the hairs- when the hair is removed, the oil is loosened and can come to the surface of the skin causing a short term breakout. After whatever initial irritation, if any, you experience from the waxing has subsided, it is important that you begin exfoliation. Dry brushing the area using a body brush, or using a gentle scrub containing salicylic acid are particularly beneficial for preventing ingrown hairs.

Do breakouts improve after each treatment?

Yes, when the hair is removed frequently, this buildup doesn't have a chance to occur, so breakouts, more often than not, subside or stop after a few appointments.

Do you sell any products that I can go home with?

At the Treatment Room, we carry several products that we have found to be excellent in the prevention of ingrown hairs, as well as things to help calm the initial irritation.