La Belle Anti-Aging and Wellness Clinic in Bellevue, WA, is excited to offer a variety of specialized skin care services to rejuvenate and renew your skin.
Chemical peels are wonderful alternatives to laser facials and are a quick way to remove dead skin cells, fine lines, small scars, freckles, dark spots and/or skin imperfections caused by aging, hormones and the sun. They are controlled treatments to your face, neck and/or chest, and can be performed safely by a medical esthetician. However, the more intense peels will need to be performed by a physician—La Belle is proud to offer you both opportunities.
Chemical peels are performed on an outpatient basis, and they are very effective in renewing the skin’s texture. Also, because peels slough off those unwanted dead skin cells, and force brand new fresh skin to the surface, they give you the appearance of tighter, brighter skin and smaller pores.
There are three grades (levels) of chemical peels, and it really depends on your skin color, texture, level of skin imperfections and elasticity to determine what chemical acid solution works best for you. During your initial consultation at La Belle, we will determine if you need a stronger or lighter solution within each grade of the chemical peel.
Lowest Grade: Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA) Peel
These peels are more surface level, and they help with rough/dry skin and texture. This peel can also be mixed with skin bleaching agents to lessen dark spots or skin discoloration due to sun damage, hormones and aging. AHA peels take about 10 minutes, and you basically end up with what looks like a sunburn; the skin will be red, dry and you will peel. It takes about 5 days to heal but you can go about your normal life without any real downtime.
Medium Grade: Trichloroacetic Acid (TCA) Peel
This type of peel is used to treat fine lines, surface level acne and slight skin imperfections. The TCA peel takes about 15 minutes, and for darker skin, you may need two or more treatments spaced out over several months. After having this procedure, you can expect mild swelling, redness, crusting/scabbing and peeling. The downtime can be anywhere from 5-10 days depending on how quickly your face heals.
Higher Grade: Carbolic Acid or Phenol Peel
This peel is for coarse, deep wrinkles, and deeper darks spots and skin imperfections. Phenol peels are intense and can only be used on the face as it can scar the neck and other parts of the body. This peel needs to be performed by a physician because it does require general anesthesia and a sterile technique. Post-procedure, you will have heavy swelling; the eyes may even be swollen shut and you may need bandages that can be removed within 2 days. You will probably need some kind of pain medication, and you will not be able to wear makeup for two weeks. It is imperative that you stay out of the sun for at least 3 weeks as the skin is very susceptible to sun damage.
Ultrasonic Skin Scrub
One of the most important components of a facial is a deep clean. For our patients who crave a deeper cleaning of their pores and skin than they can achieve at home, La Belle Anti-Aging and Wellness Clinic offers the Ultrasonic Skin Scrub.
Every day, new skin cells are formed at the bottom layer of the epidermis to replace the skin cells we shed from the top layer. The upper layers of the epidermis are often clogged with dirt, oil, and dead skin cells, causing the skin to lose radiance and appear dull. With our Ultrasonic skin scrubber, we utilize ultrasound waves to speed up the natural exfoliation process, loosening and removing this oil, dirt, and other cellular debris from the pores on the surface of the skin. This is a deep exfoliation process which often results in glowing, more youthful-looking skin.
Benefits of Ultrasonic Skin Scrubber:
- Improves appearance of Acne
- Removes Blackheads
- Diminishes Fine Lines and Wrinkles
- Improves Collagen and Elastin production for Firming and Tightening
- Allows for Deeper Penetration of Skin Care Products
Skin scrubbers are safe for a wide variety of skin types, including skin with:
- Sensitive Skin
- Aging Skin