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Facials and Peels

Facials and Peels


How much downtime is expected with a peel?
There is no downtime whatsoever with most superficial chemical peels. You can actually receive a peel on your lunch hour and return to work.

When will I start "peelings", for how long and how much?
Everyone’s experience will be different. However, on an average, you will see flaking by day two or three following the treatment. It is possible to see flaking for up to five or six days.

How irritating is a peel?
Most peels are only slightly irritating. You may experience mild burning or stinging, which is transient.

What peels are recommended for use in conjunction with microdermabrasion?
Most superficial peels are safe to do in combination with microdermabrasion.  The usual protocol is to do a peel followed by microdermabrasion 2 weeks later and repeat this routine 4-6 times.

My skin is very thin. Why would I want to peel? Wouldn’t that make my skin thinner?
In very thin skin we recommend the use of Vitamin C products to build the collagen in your skin, thus making it stronger and more durable.

Can pregnant or lactating women receive a peel?
No. As with most cosmetic procedures, peels are not recommended in pregnancy.

Are there any treatments that are good for rosacea?
It is uncertain for sure, some report an improvement with Cosmelan.

Can someone using Retin-A® or Accutane® have any treatments?
We generally recommend that Retin-A® use be stopped five days prior to a peel and five days post treatment because of potential irritation and uneven peel penetration. Accutane® users tend to have very dry and sensitive skin and should be treated once their Accutane course is finished.

I thought TCA was very aggressive and required a week at home for recovery. Why is this not true of 10% TCA?
TCA in the concentration of 10% does not traumatize the skin like traditional, straight TCA peels. Following a 10 % TCA, the skin is glowing and hydrated.  The exfoliation process is fairly mild and occurs more as flaking.
We generally recommend that Retin-A® use be stopped five days prior to a peel and five days post treatment because of potential irritation and uneven peel penetration. Accutane® users tend to have very dry and sensitive skin and need to be treated only with peels that are appropriate for their skin type. We have found that the Physician’s Choice™ peel solutions are Accutane® friendly. However, your skin care specialist should always be made aware of any Retin-A® or Accutane® use.

I thought TCA was very aggressive and required a week at home for recovery. Why is this not true of your Ultra Peel™ that is 10% TCA?
Ultra Peel™ is effective because of its formulation, but works in a way that does not traumatize the skin like traditional, straight TCA peels. As with all other Physician’s Choice™ peels, there is no downtime. Following an Ultra Peel™, the skin is glowing and hydrated; exfoliation occurs more as flaking.

What is the difference between PCA and glycolic peels?
A. Glycolic acid will dehydrate skin and make pores larger after extended use. PCA uses lactic and citric acids which are skin-friendly because they are natural constituents of your skin. Physician’s Choice™ peels are unique because they are moisturizing and hydrating and leave your skin fresh, soft and supple, the way it wants to be!



  • Come in for your procedure with a cleansed face and it is important to discontinue any skin care products you are using containing retinol, such as Differin®, Tazorac®, Accutane®, etc. 5-7 days prior to treatment.


  • Use recommended skin care products
  • Chemical exfoliation treatments are not recommended while on certain types of prescription medications such as Differin®, Tazorac®, Accutane®
  • Discontinue use of hydroxy acids and retinols following your treatment
  • Do not use harsh scrubs or abrasive loofahs following your treatment
  • Avoid direct sun exposure and wear a sunscreen daily
  • Avoid vigorous activity and extreme heat
  • Do not go swimming
  • Do not take long hot showers or put face under a hot stream of water
  • Avoid drinking alcohol
  • Avoid surfaces that could irritate your skin i.e. pillows, beards, collared or turtleneck shirts
  • Do not pick or prematurely peel the skin as this will cause hyperpigmentation and/or surface scars
  • Return in one week for a post treatment follow-up visit with your skincare specialist. This is a very important part of the chemical exfoliation treatment
  • If you have any questions contact your skincare specialist


Day 1-2

  • The skin will look and feel dry, tight and may appear slightly more red. In some cases the skin may deepen in color.
  • Use the recommended skin care products to keep the skin well hydrated.
  • Swelling may naturally occur as the skin's tissue has been disturbed. The application of a cool compress within the first 24 hours may be helpful.

Day 3-7

  • The skin will continue to feel dry and tight. Some may experience mild to moderate peeling as this is a normal process of a chemical exfoliation treatment.

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Vitamin Infused Facial

In addition to our signature deep cleansing facial, we are pleased to provide the ENVIRON Pulsed Iontophoresis and Low Frequency Sonophoresis therapy.  This state of the art treatment enhances vitamin A, C and E penetration into skin stimulating Collagen and Elastin production.  This helps to restore the full and supple appearance of younger skin.  Sonophoresis therapy also improves blood flow and oxygen delivery in the dermis, while feeling as relaxing as a classic facial. 

While the Pulsed Iontophoresis involves the use of gentle electrical current to provide greater penetration of water-soluble vitamins and other active molecules into the skin, the Low Frequency Sonophoresis uses sound waves to transport all molecules and peptides into the skin and is up to 1000 times more effective than conventional ultrasound.

The combination of these two highly sophisticated treatments resembles the experience of a facial. The Iontophoresis is used initially during the application of product to start the process, then a natural mask applied to seal in the product and to work with the Sonophoresis to transport peptides into the deeper layers of the skin.

Sonophoresis can also be used in combination with chemical peels.

Deep Cleansing Facials
Our signature facial includes steam and extractions in a spa-like atmosphere that provides the ultimate in pampering. You will leave feeling rejuvenated—looking and feeling your very best. A monthly facial is your best defense against life’s upsets.

Mini Facial

Our executive 30 minute facial for those on the go includes cleansing, toning, exfoliation, facial massage and mask. There’s always time to treat yourself to a little luxury.

Teen Facials
Elements such as pollution, stress or hormonal changes will affect your skin. With our teen facial, our skin care specialist will provide an introductory facial to improve the appearance of one’s skin.  We also provide a customized home skin care program for continued improvement.  This is especially helpful for teens bothered by acne.

Relaxation Facial
We have designed our relaxation facial to help reduce the impact of daily stress on the tone and texture of your skin. For those of us who need to unwind, our relaxation facial provides you with the ideal environment to re-energize.

Facial waxing is available as an add on to any facial.


Our peels help patients with acneic and photo-damaged skin. This treatment involves the application of different products such as glycolic acid, TCA, salicylic acid, retinoic acid and others to improve skin quality and reduce pore size, oiliness, acne and acne scarring. We choose the correct peel to fit your specific skin type and area that you are treating.

Peels can range from superficial and simple to deeper and more involved procedures. Superficial peels have less down time post-treatment, are more conservative and require 6-8 treatments to achieve the best results. Deep peels tend to be more effective but have more down time and more caution is required to prevent any side effects. Most peels have minimal downtime with a bit of peeling and flaking for a few days.


Be sure to book a complimentary consultation to determine which peel is best for you.

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