Chemical peels can reduce uneven skin color, help lighten dark spots, and remove sun-damaged layers of skin. Chemical peels also smooth rough skin texture and soften skin. Ingrown hairs, fine lines, and wrinkles are reduced by chemical peels, which also treat and control acne and reduce the appearance of acne scars.
Are chemical peels safe for all skin types?
Chemical peels have been used safely for many years on all skin types. Numerous clinical studies have proven the benefits of a chemical peel on all skin colors.
How do I prepare for a chemical peel?
First, you will have a private consultation with our professional medical staff to evaluate your skin and discuss your expectations.
Avoid shaving, waxing, and using hair removal creams for at least three days before the procedure. Do not scrub or irritate the skin in the few days before a peel.
Medications like Accutane® increase the skin’s sensitivity and should not be used within six months of a chemical peel. Do not receive facial fillers or Botox® in the two weeks prior to your chemical peel.
What can I expect during the procedure?
Chemical peels are non-invasive procedures, often called “lunchbreak” procedures. The duration of the chemical peel is about 30 minutes. The skin is first washed to thoroughly remove any surface oils. A small amount of the chemical is then applied with a cotton or gauze swab for a few minutes. Some stinging, burning, or itching may be experienced. This is normal and necessary to achieve an effective treatment. The skin may then be neutralized with a special solution, and the burning sensation subsides. Appropriate skin care products are then applied to protect your skin.
What happens after the procedure?
Chemical peels can cause mild redness, puffiness (slight swelling), mild tingling or stinging (which can be relieved by cold water), and mild flaking in some patients.
These symptoms usually resolve within 48 hours. To help the process, we recommend the following to our patients:
- Cold-water compress: Keep the area cool if needed. Avoid hot water and heavy exercise the first 24 to 48 hours.
- Moisturize the skin and protect it from the sun. Apply sunblock every four hours if you are going to be out in the sun.
- Avoid picking, peeling, and scrubbing the skin as this can slow the healing process and may cause scarring.
- Use skin care products as advised. Avoid products that contain perfumes or dyes.
What are the possible side effects of chemical peels?
Side effects are not common with chemical peels. These side effects are usually temporary and are treatable:
- Excessive swelling.
- Blistering, crusting, or heavy scaling.
- Darkening or lightening of the skin, infection, or acne pimples.
- Scarring (can be permanent).
How soon can I see the benefits of the peel?
Some improvement in your skin’s condition will be noticed within a few days after your chemical peel. A series of treatments several weeks apart is usually recommended by our staff to help obtain the desired results. Most of our patients experience significant improvements after four to six chemical peels. This varies with the individual’s skin.
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