The MicroPeel® is a thirty-minute glycolic acid treatment designed to exfoliate the skin, improving its clarity, tone, and texture, while it helps to reduce precancerous lesions. Dermaplaning removes the topmost layer of the skin surface, improving skin texture immediately. Lactic or alpha hydroxy acid is applied to help free the pores and debris. Finally, cryogenic therapy reduces inflammation and cools the skin. A series of MicroPeels promotes cell turnover and improves the skin color, texture, and tone. The MicroPeel is used twice a month for correction and once every four to six weeks for maintenance.
What happens during the MicroPeel® procedure?
The first step in the MicroPeel® process is a physical or manual exfoliation. This results in an immediate change in skin texture and is done through a process called dermaplaning ( exfoliation with a blade) If dermaplaning is not right for you, exfoliation can be done using an enzyme. Then a chemical exfoliation is performed using either a lactic or glycolic acid. A slight stinging sensation may occur when the acid solution is applied to the skin, but it is only momentary. At this point extractions will be done to free your pores of impacted debris.
Is the MicroPeel® Right For My Skin?
For sensitive skin, an acid-free or 2% lactic acid MicroPeel is recommended. For a more rapid exfoliation, the MicroPeel Plus can be preformed with glycolic acid at concentrations of either 20% or 30%.
What will the downtime be after the MicroPeel procedure?
There is usually no downtime associated with the MicroPeel®. Your skin may be a little red and slightly inflamed (if extractions were performed) the day of and the day following the treatment. Use of sunscreen is a must.
What must I know prior to having this procedure done?
Before receiving the MicroPeel® you must discontinue the use of any retinol products (RetinA®, Tretinoic acid, etc.) or medical exfoliants for at 4-5 days prior to the procedure. If taking Accutane orally, you must be off it for at least 6 months prior to any procedures. Avoid prolonged sun-exposure or tanning for 10 days prior to your procedure.
What is the post procedure regimen?
For the 48 hours following the procedure, you will use only a gentle cleanser, moisturizer and sun-protection. Makeup, if needed, can be applied immediately after the procedure.