When should I get a chemical peel?
Whenever there is damage to be removed, chemical peels can be performed. The minimum age limit though is usually early teens. The best time to perform a chemical peel is during wintertime since this is the time where there is least amount of sun exposure. It is also advised that this procedure be done after a thorough skincare routine
What are the common risks of a chemical peel?
You should watch out for crusting or extreme weeping which could occur in AHA peels. Although sometimes this could be normal, there is a borderline appearance that you must be aware of. Inquire from a skincare specialist about what specific things to look out for. usually, in about 3 to 4 days, a typical AHA peel would look and feel normal at this time. For peels which are more intense, down time may take weeks and complete recovery may take about a few months.
Also, you must immediately get in touch with a skincare specialist once pain is experienced in facial area, especially if you are prone to cold sores. These blisters should be treated at once.
It is also important to be cautious if you have oral herpes. Make sure that the primary physician would approve of this treatment. It is also advisable that you be prescribed oral acyclovir. When a breakout occurs at the time of your healing period, the herpes may spread to your whole face which may result in severe and permanent scarring.
Excessive coloration (hyperpigmentation) and lack of pigmentation (hypopigmentation) may occur when you are not able to disclose any skin problems, ethnicity, and improper post-peel care during the consultation. This may also happen when skin types are misdiagnosed. Infection, although not common, may be possible. So it is important to be cautious about it. Watch out for any redness or pain.
It is vital to stick to the post-peel instructions given by the skincare specialist in order to prevent scarring and reduce the likelihood of having long-term or permanent visible signs of damage.
Will the results be permanent?
It is important that even after you undergo the procedure, you must be able to take good care of your skin. Even if you had a chemical peel and you stress the skin by too much sun exposure, smoking, etc., your skin will still end up looking damaged. Proper skin care and use of maintenance and preventive products like a high SPF sunblock will aid in retaining a revitalized and more youthful look.
With a chemical peel, as one continues to age, signs of aging such as wrinkles will be softened and one would achieve a fresher look depending on the depth of the peel.
When will I be able to observe results?
Results are seen when pink, fresh skin becomes apparent beneath the peeling skin. Make sure that you do not pull or rub off the damaged skin. After a few weeks, the pink appearance will fade for most light peels. Some may have remaining pinkness that is similar to a mild sunburn depending on the depth and type of the peel used.
Will the procedure hurt?
A warm, tingling sensation or a stinging sensation may be felt after the procedure. This depends on the strength of the peel.
How long does the procedure take?
This procedure usually takes approximately 15 to 20 minutes. The results are usually not permanent but maintained improvement can be achieved by interval treatments.
Will I need further treatments?
The physician assistant will determine the appropriate program for your skin type. Peels usually begin at a strength of 30% glycolic and is increased up to about 70% over the course of the treatment. In general, a series of 3 to 6 treatments are necessary in order to achieve the most favorable results. Treatments are typically spaced 2 to 3 weeks apart. Results of the peel are immediately seen.
What are glycolic peels?
Glycolic peels make use of acids that are used in order to exfoliate the skin. They are proven to improve fine lines and wrinkles, even out mild acne scars, reduce the manifestation of light brown spots, and give the skin a refreshed and glowing look. After the procedure, it is expected that your skin may have some redness and have a sunburn feeling; however, the patient may be able to resume normal activities. Application of makeup 24 to 48 hours after the procedure is not advisable.