Micro Peel Q&A

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Frequently Asked Questions

What Is a Micro Peel?

A micro peel is a three-step in-office treatment to improve the look and feel of your skin. It combines the rejuvenating effects of a superficial chemical peel with the skin-refreshing benefits of microdermabrasion. It provides results superior to what either treatment can deliver alone.

Micro peels are appropriate for all skin types, including darker skin types. This treatment uses the mildest form of chemical solution, so it does not bleach the skin the way medium and deep peels do. For this same reason, however, micro peels are not appropriate for treating deep scars or deep wrinkles. These issues may require treatment with deeper chemical peel solutions using trichloroacetic acid or phenol.

The benefits of a micro peel may be apparent after a single session, but a series of treatments is generally required to achieve optimal skin rejuvenation.

The Benefits of a Micro Peel 

  • Remove dead, dull, surface skin cells for glowing skin
  • Improve skin texture for a flawless face
  • Even out skin colour imperfections caused by sun damage
  • Decrease the apparent size of pores for a more youthful complexion
  • Improve superficial “crepe paper” wrinkles for more toned-looking skin
  • One of the important benefits of a micro peel is the long-term effect it has on your skin’s receptiveness to restorative emollients.
  • This treatment allows for greater penetration of moisturizers, vitamins, and antioxidants, which are applied daily for the duration of the series of 6 treatments.

Am I a Good Candidate for a Micro Peel?

A good candidate for a micro peel is a healthy adult with realistic expectations about what the treatment can do to address minor skin imperfections such as:
  • Fine facial lines or wrinkles
  • Uneven skin color
  • Uneven skin texture
  • Age spots
  • Sun damage
  • Clogged pores
  • Minor scars

Chemical Peel

When it comes to rejuvenating your face, both microdermabrasion and mild chemical peel treatments can remove dead skin cells and stimulate the growth of new skin cells.

Mild chemical peels or superficial peels contain lactic and TCA, alpha or beta hydroxy acid that exfoliates the outermost layer of the skin to remove damaged and dead skin cells. It can also refine the color and texture of your skin and improve acne. Just like microdermabrasion, the procedure is gentle, and you can return to your daily activities soon after.

What Is Microdermabrasion?

Microdermabrasion is a non-surgical procedure performed using tiny crystals that are vacuumed across the surface of your skin under pressure using a small, vacuum-creating tip. This treatment can also be infused with hyaluronic acid to add extra moisture to the skin. Although this treatment will gently cleanse the skin and address acne or pigmentation, it can cause irritation for patients with sensitive skin.

Post-treatment Care

Recovery time can vary from patient to patient. After your micro-peel treatment, moisturizers and sunscreen will be applied to your skin. Your skin might feel like you have a slight sunburn, and some (but not all) patients may see their skin turn pink for a few days.

Be sure to also follow these instructions:

  • Avoid swimming in chlorinated pools for a few days before and after treatment
  • Apply sunscreen and moisturizer as needed
  • Keep hydrated, and avoid sunlight for one week after
  • Do not wax the treated area for at least five days after
  • Do not apply glycolic acids or Retin-A® for at least three days after
  • It is safe to use makeup after your treatment, as long as you apply it over the moisturizer and remove it gently. Make sure you follow your post-treatment care instructions properly and check with your plastic surgeon if you have any questions or concerns about your recovery.