What are chemical peels?
Chemical peels deeply exfoliate the skin and accelerate skin cell regeneration, revealing younger, softer, smoother skin. This non-invasive procedure helps minimize fine lines, lighten age spots, reduce acne breakouts and even-out blotchy, hyperpigmented skin. A thorough skin analysis and consultation, will establish the proper facial peel that will be best, to treat your specific skin care concerns
What results can I expect from my Peel?
When you undergo a series of peels in conjunction with a customized home skin care regimen, you can expect to see visibly smoother, more even-toned skin. The peels can help heal and reduce the appearance of sun-damaged skin, acne scars, age spots, superficial pigmentation, wrinkles and fine lines.
How long does a peel take and how many do I need?
Depending on your skin type, Peels can be applied in as little as 30 minutes. Peels should be repeated every 2 to 4 weeks over a 2 to 3 month period. Repeating the peel over an extended period of time allows younger, softer skin cells to surface, resulting in significantly improved texture and tone.
What will it feel like during and after the peel?
During the 1 to 5 minutes that the peel solution is on your skin, you will experience a mild tingling sensation. If you feel anything more intense, you should inform your Esthetician immediately. Depending on the strength of your peel, it is common to experience some temporary flaking, scaling, redness or dryness of the skin for up to 5 days following the peel. These conditions are the result of the peel exfoliating the top layer of skin so that new cells can rise to the surface. These effects will disappear as the skin adjusts to the treatments. After each successive peel, you will notice your skin feels progressively smoother and softer and will appear more even-toned.
Are there any reasons I should not undergo a Peel?
Consult with your physician if:
• You are pregnant or lactating
• You have used Accutane or retinoic products within the last 4 weeks
• You have open wounds or a herpes breakout
• You have had plastic surgery within the prior 3 to 6 months
• You have recently waxed or have a fresh sunburn
• You have very sensitive skin (requires a patch test)
Are there any risks associated with having a Peel?
Chemical peels are generally considered quite safe, and complications are extremely rare. However, complications that may occur with any peel may include burning, headache, nausea, or dizziness. Report any severe reactions to your Esthetician and/or physician immediately. Less serious complications may include temporary reactions like “hot spots” or skin crusting.
What should I avoid following a peel?
• Minimize direct sun exposure and use sun protection
• Do not exfoliate your skin for at least 3 days
• Do not apply any product with Benzoyl Peroxide for at least 3 days
• Do not apply any product with Retin A for at least 3 days
• Wait at least 10 to 14 days before having collagen injections in your face
• Wait at least 7 to 10 days before having Botox injections in your face
How long will the results last?
With a home skin care regimen and proper sun protection, results can last months, depending on the strength and depth of the peel. The best way to preserve the more youthful appearance achieved by peel treatments is to care for your skin daily, inside and out. A daily skin care regimen recommended by your Esthetician, combined with adequate sun protection and good nutrition, will most effectively help you retain the rejuvenated look and feel of your complexion.
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