Chemical Peels

Oasis Eye Face and Skin | Ashland, Medford, Grants Pass, Oregon

There are different degrees of chemical peels, and a deep chemical peel can render such incredible results that it’s sometimes considered an alternative to a facelift. At Oasis Eye Face and Skin, Dr. Vivian Schiedler performs deep chemical peels, while highly-trained aestheticians perform moderate and mild chemical peels. Deep chemical peels do require two weeks of downtime, because the healing process is similar to laser skin resurfacing but without the heat and discomfort.

Deep Chemical Peels

Deep chemical peels are a fantastic option to address a myriad of skin issues such as wrinkles, sun damage, and fine lines. The majority of deep chemical peel patients are 60+. Both women and men enjoy the stunning benefits of a deep chemical peel, which requires Dr. Schiedler between 1.5 – 2 hours to perform. Patients are required to return the next day for a followup, and are given medical-grade creams to help with healing and to reduce itching. Itching is the most common side effect of a deep chemical peel, but can be well managed with topical creams.

Two weeks after a deep chemical peel, patients discover that their skin is baby-smooth, fresh, and looks up to 20 years younger. Plus, chemical peels can add cheek volume while tightening the skin. Some patients see results similar to a partial brow lift due to skin tightening, and these deep chemical peels can also complement a lower eyelid surgery if the skin in that area is “crepe-like.” Taking up to two decades off of your face means some patients choose to forego planned or expected facelifts completely—the results are that dramatic.

The skin has a tough job. Every day it endures a beating from the sun and environment, which over time can make it look dull and lifeless. Although the skin is the largest organ of the body, it is often taken for granted. It is time to change that by being proactive about skin changes like lines, wrinkles, discoloration, or rough areas. If you are ready to treat your skin right, stop by Oasis Eye Face and Skin in Ashland, OR, to learn about our treatment options. Lots of patients rave about our chemical peels, which they use to enhance the results of a facial rejuvenation surgery. Others use peels on their own to dramatically restore their skin’s health and appearance.

Peel Away Damaged Skin Layers for a Radiant Complexion

Chemical peels are medical strength skin procedures that exfoliate the skin and stimulate new skin cell growth. By harnessing the body’s natural repair mechanisms, chemical peels remove the damaged skin layers and rebuild layers full of collagen- and elastin-rich skin cells. These proteins are the reason your skin looks tight and firm. Unfortunately, production of collagen and elastin decreases with age and that leads to facial wrinkles, fine lines, spots, and skin dullness. However, chemical peels can brighten your skin and boost production of collagen and elastin in a safe way.

Benefits Of Chemical Peels

At Oasis Eye Face and Skin, we offer different strength peels ranging from light to deep. The peel strength is chosen based on the results you are looking for and the desired recovery time. A light peel is typically used for patients who want to remove the uppermost layer, composed mainly of dead skin cells. This creates a radiant complexion and can be used to remove slight pigmentation. As you progress to a stronger peel, either medium or deep, more layers of skin are removed. The depth of the peel treats deeper problems in the skin, meaning that a deep peel will work against deeply etched wrinkles. Deep chemical peels are remarkable in that they can take 20 years off your face. Dr. Vivian Schiedler can teach you about the differences of each chemical peel strength and help you decide which one is right for you.

What can be Treated with Chemical Peels?

  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Deeply etched wrinkles
  • Uneven skin tone
  • Blotchy pigment
  • Dullness
  • Sun damage
  • Age spots
  • Acne
  • Rough skin texture
  • Vertical lip lines, also known as “smoker’s lines”
  • Crow’s feet
  • Crepey lower eyelid skin that crinkles when smiling

A chemical peel is a great way to achieve a rejuvenated appearance. With just one treatment, the skin will appear brighter, smoother, and healthier. Deeper peels will not only make your skin look healthier; it will actually BE healthier. Deeper peels can get rid of sun damaged cells that can cause skin cancer. Having fewer precancerous and cancerous skin cells is merely an extra bonus of getting a deep chemical peel.

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The Chemical Peel Procedure

The procedure begins with Dr. Vivian Schiedler ensuring your comfort and safety by administering oral or intravenous sedation. The strength of the procedure determines the sedation type needed. After cleansing the natural oils off the face, a single layer of numbing solution is applied, and cool air is added for additional comfort. Regardless of the peel you receive, Dr. Schiedler will make sure you are comfortable for the duration of the treatment. The chosen chemical peel is then applied to the face. Due to all the prep beforehand, the application of the chemical peel creates no discomfort. Once Dr. Schiedler has determined that the peel has achieved its maximum effect, she watches your skin closely for reversal of the visible changes the peel creates.  Afterwards, a moisturizing ointment can be used to keep the peeled skin from drying out.  There is minimal discomfort after the peel.  With the deepest of peels, Dr. Schiedler may apply a soothing zinc tape over the face for 24 hours then remove it gently the next day and apply a calming bismuth mask to protect your skin and optimize healing.

Chemical peels are often combined with eyelid or brow lift surgery to help maximize results

Most salons and medical spas use light chemical peels with alpha hydroxy acid (glycolic acid or lactic acid), which provide a superficial skin treatment. As an eye and facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Vivian Schiedler has the knowledge and training to offer the whole range of chemical peel strengths. Deeper peels are more effective at combating skin texture problems, deep wrinkles, discoloration, and even laxity – especially when combining a peel with a brow lift, upper eyelid surgery, or lower eyelid surgery. However, patients wanting a lighter peel can rely on Dr. Schiedler to formulate a peel suited to your lifestyle.

What to Expect Following a Chemical Peel

During the week immediately following your chemical peel treatment, your skin will feel tight and possibly a little itchy. The skin will eventually start peeling and it is important to minimize sun exposure of the urge to pick at the peeling skin at this time. It is also vital that you keep your skin hydrated during this process. Once the damaged layers are finished peeling, your skin will be smoother, thicker, and a little pink. Other recommendations to protect this fresh face include using hats, applying sunscreen, and preventing any unnecessary sun exposure. Prepping the skin ahead of time with prescription topical creams can increase the odds of a quicker recovery and a more successful peel. The length of your recovery will be dependent on the strength of the peel selected.

Your Chemical Peel Results

Once your skin has peeled and the new layer of skin has grown back, you will be left with skin that is tighter, smoother, brighter, and less blotchy. Most patients report having long-lasting results due to the high concentration of collagen and elastin being produced. It is important to know that results vary and talking to Dr. Schiedler about your expectations is highly encouraged. With proper care and maintenance, including sun avoidance, you can slow down any future skin aging – but be conscious that you can’t stop it altogether. The deepest peels do not typically need to be repeated for at least 10 to 20 years. However, if a few wrinkles remain or you desire more skin tightening, you may opt for another lighter treatment for additional improved results. Some patients are so pleased with their results that they postpone more aggressive treatments, like a surgical facelift, or reduce the use of dermal fillers and Botox.

Chemical Peel FAQs

What is a chemical peel?

A chemical peel is a skin rejuvenation treatment that uses safe and professional strength ingredients to remove layers of damaged skin to produce a smooth, healthy complexion.

What are the benefits of receiving a chemical peel?

Chemical peels are a safe and effective way of restoring your skin’s health and make you look younger. Chemical peels can help eliminate or lessen the need for further treatments including surgery or dermal fillers. They remove uneven texture and pigmentation while tightening the skin around the eyes and forehead. A chemical peel can give you a fresh and glowing appearance.

What is the recovery for chemical peels?

The extent of your recovery will depend on two main factors – the peel strength used and your age. Most people heal within 7- 10 days. It is important to note that once the skin stops peeling, it will be pink for a few weeks. It is recommended that you keep protecting the treated area with sunscreen to minimize any sun damage to the new skin. Older patients and those choosing deeper treatments will experience a slightly longer recovery period.

Do I have to treat my whole face?

Chemical peels are entirely customized to fit you and your needs. If you have localized skin or pigment damage, you may be an excellent candidate for partial treatment. This means that you can opt for treating just the lower eyelids or the area around the mouth. The areas treated are based on your needs and cosmetic goals.

Are chemical peels painful?

Chemical peels contain acids that burn the superficial layers of skin and as such you may experience some discomfort.  Dr. Schiedler does everything possible to ensure your comfort and may recommend using a combination of sedation, numbing blocks, and air blowing on the surface being treated. Most patients only experience a transient and tolerable stinging sensation for no more than a couple of minutes and healing from a chemical peel is not painful. In contrast, deep laser procedures can hurt for several days due to the heat or thermal injury, which is not experienced with a chemical peel.

Am I a candidate for a chemical peel?

Everyone can benefit from a chemical peel, as they are designed to slough away dead skin cells and revive healthy skin. If you’re unhappy with your current facial skin appearance due to lines, wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, and rough, uneven skin tones, then a chemical peel may be for you. Peels can revitalize your skin to give you a smooth and even complexion you are looking for.

If you want to restore your skin’s natural glow, consider a chemical peel from Oasis Eye Face and Skin. Most regular day spas only offer superficial chemical peels, which result in the improvement of pigmentation problems but are unable to address severe wrinkling or deeper sun damage. A medical-grade chemical peel performed by Dr. Schiedler is able to achieve dramatic skin rejuvenation. If you are interested in learning more about chemical peels and whether you are an ideal candidate, contact Dr. Schiedler at (541) 708-6393 and schedule your consultation today.

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