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Chemical Peels

What are Chemical Peels?

Slow or irregular cell turnover helps contribute to many  common skin problems.  Chemical peels contain active ingredients that stimulate the shedding of the top layer of the epidermis. When the dead skin cells are removed, a new layer of skin is produced, that’s fresh and rejuvenated giving an appearance of younger healthier skin. 

Why choose Chemical Peels?

A chemical peel is an affordable, fast, relatively painless (comparable to a sunburn) treatment that makes a visible difference in the texture of the skin. 

What conditions do chemical peels help treat?

Chemical peels are proven effective in treating problems with acne, hyperpigmentation, and dull, wrinkled skin. 

What benefits can you expect to see after having a chemical peel?

Chemical peels provide the following benefits: the smoothing of fine lines, reduction in sebum overproduction and acne breakouts, the fading of age spots and other pigmentation and an overall smoother, healthier and brighter texture. 

How long do chemical peels take?

Most peels can be performed within a few minutes, depending on size of the area being treated.

What will my skin feel like after a chemical peel?

The state of your skin after a peel depends on the type of chemical used and your skin type. Superficial peels have limited effects. Medium peels may cause some redness and the deeper peels may require 10-14 days to recover.

How many peels will I need?

Generally chemical peels are done once every 2-3 weeks, until the desired results are achieved. Maintenance peels can then be performed once a month.

How long do the results last?

With good sun protection, results can last months, even years. This is dependent upon the depth of the peel. The deeper peels generally provide a long-lasting effect.

How do I care for my skin after the peel?

Use of a soap free gentle cleanser shall be used to wash your face, scrubs and wash cloths should be avoided while skin is peeling. Application of a hydrating moisturizer twice a day or as often as necessary is recommended to relieve dryness and control peeling. A physical Sunblock must be worn daily. Its best to avoid prolonged sun exposure for 1-week post peel.

What can I expect in  the 1st 24 hours after the Yellow  peel?

Your skin will feel tighter and be more red then usual. Your skin may feel tacky and have a yellowish orange tinge that subsides in a few hours. This is due to the Retinoic acid applied to the skin. This is a self neutralizing peel and patients should wait at least 4hours before washing their  face that evening.

When will my skin start to peel after Yellow peel  and for how long?

Peeling will generally start 48-72 hours after your treatment and can last 2-5 days. It is very important not to pick off peeling skin; peeling is minimal and easily controlled with moisturizer. Premature peeling of the skin will result in dry, cracked, raw skin that may develop into hyperpigmentation.

How long after a chemical peel before I can return to normal activities?

Light Peels- The light peel takes approximately three to five days to complete the shedding process. No downtime required.

Medium Peels- Medium peels usually persist for five to seven days. The skin may or may not flake and fall away. AHAs can produce some redness with little or no flaking, depending on the individual.

What are the side effects of chemical peels?

Common side effects include tightness, a stinging sensation, redness, and symptoms similar to a sunburn.  The severity of the side effects depends on the strength of the peel. With lighter peels symptoms usually subside within a couple of days.  For deeper peels, the side effects are the same but last longer, up to a week or more.  Anytime the skin is damaged, even with a chemical peel, scarring is a risk. Generally if appropriate care is administered, the risk of scarring is very minimal.  For the most part, side effects of chemical peels are handled very well by the majority of individuals.  

Why did I not have any visible peeling after my peel?

The success of the peel should not be judged by the amount of peeling, but by the end results that the peel will produce. The amount of peeling may vary depending on individual skin condition at the time of the peel or the depth of the peel. Regardless of the degree of peeling, the skin is still sloughing off at an accelerated rate, resulting in the improvement of skin tone and texture and an improvement of fine lines and uneven pigmentation.

What products or procedures should I avoid before a chemical peel?

What are the counterindications to chemical peels?

Chemical peels should be avoided if any of the following conditions are present:

Can chemical peel be combined with other cosmetic procedures?

A chemical peel can also be combined with other forms of skin resurfacing or with a face lift or other procedure.

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