Chemical Peels & Microdermabrasion

Microdermabrasion, superficial chemical peels, and facials are quick, economical, no-downtime procedures that renew your skin. They remove dead skin cells and stimulate the growth of new cells.
Acqua Blu Medical Spa offers two enhanced forms of microdermabrasion, the Diamond Tone and Power Peel systems.

A chemical peel is the application of a chemical substance such as glycolic acid (AHA) or salicylic acid (BHA) that gently exfoliates the surface. A series of peel treatments improves the appearance of superficial lines and uneven pigmentation while making your skin look softer, smoother, and more radiant. The treatments also open pores and reduce acne breakouts.

How do I know if I need one of these treatments?

If you want to economically achieve healthy skin, you may consider microdermabrasion, chemical peels, and facials. These procedures are specifically effective against sunspots, sun damage, enlarged pores, and acne scars, and work well on skin that is dry, aged, or oily. All our procedures are suitable for all skin types, including tanned and skin of color.

Women who are pregnant should not have a medical facial. Pregnant women may have chemical peels that contain only glycolic acid. An evaluation by our aestheticians can help determine which treatment is right for you.

What benefits can I expect from these treatments?

After a series of treatments you can expect improvement in overall appearance as well as in sunspots, sun damage, enlarged pores, acne scars, and dryness. Your skin will also look less aged and oily. We recommend three sessions two weeks apart and maintenance treatments every 4 to 12 weeks. You will notice improvement after each treatment.

What are the risks and side effects?

Tell our providers if you have diabetes, autoimmune disease, history of cold sores, or filler injected into the area to be treated. Also, let us know what you are skincare regime and if it includes Retin A (tretinoin). Downtime, flaking, peeling, and redness are minimal with these treatments. Slight redness, skin sensitivity, and skin tightness usually persist no longer than a day. Flaking and irritation may occasionally remain for up to five days. Your skin will feel smoother and softer and you may feel slight stinging, burning, or itching during this time.

Prior to treatment all potential risks and side effects will be discussed with you by our aesthetician. Complimentary consultations are available to determine which of these treatments or combination of treatments are appropriate for your skincare goals.

How will I look and feel during and after the treatment?

The treated area is cleansed and sunscreen applied after treatment. Your skin is usually normal immediately after a mild chemical peel, microdermabrasion, or medical facial. There is no specific post treatment care for microdermabrasion or facials. Your skin may be slightly red or it may peel for 1 to 2 days and rarely 5 days after chemical peel treatment. Skin may also feel tighter and smoother with a little sting or itch. During this time you can care for your skin with a mild non-abrasive cleanser. We strongly recommend regular use of sunscreen (SPF 30 or higher) with zinc oxide as an active ingredient and avoiding prolonged sun exposure.

Are there other ways to get the same effect?

Yes. IPL/photo facials, Laser Genesis, MicroLaser Peels, topical medical-grade skin care products, are alternatives. Laser treatments will produce better results but are can be more expensive and have more potential side effects. Microdermabrasion, chemcical peels and medical facials are wonderful maintenance treatments and skin polishers.

Can this be combined with other treatments?

Absolutely. Microdermabrasion, chemical peels, and facials can each be combined with other treatments Acqua Blu offers.

What are the costs of medical facials, chemical peels, and microdermabrasion?

Treatments are available alone or in packages at a reduced fee. To learn more please call Acqua Blu Medical Spa in Pittsburgh or Wexford at 724-264-3608.

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