Chemical Peel Sarasota, FL
Each time we step outside, we are exposed to numerous factors that are damaging the skin. While we may not notice the effects on a daily basis, it is important to know that those factors are mainly responsible for dullness, fine lines, wrinkles, sunspots, and breakouts. Our bodies try to diminish these effects by shedding the damaged layers of the epidermis, but sometimes this simply is not enough. This is where chemical peels come in and help us to shed those damaged cells faster.
What is a Chemical Peel?
A chemical peel is a chemical solution that is applied to the face and neck to slough away dead skin cells and improve the overall appearance of the skin. Chemical peels reveal new, younger skin for a smoother, more youthful look.
What does a Chemical Peel Treat?
Chemical peels are incredibly effective at reducing the signs of aging and sun damage, including:
- Wrinkles and fine lines
- Acne and Acne scars
- Age spots or liver spots
- Brown spots
Chemical peels will also help to restore a glow to the tired and dull skin.
Is there any downtime?
Downtime depends on the depth of the chemical peel that is used; it can range from a couple days up to 10 days. It is important to remember that not every chemical peel will cause your skin to peel. Sun avoidance is critical during the healing process and sunscreen is required.
How long does it take?
A chemical peel typically takes 15-20 minutes to perform.
Is a Chemical Peel painful?
Depending on which peel you receive, you may experience some tingling, stinging or burning during the treatment. If needed, a fan will be provided to keep your skin cool. After the peel, your skin may appear red like a sunburn and it will feel tight.
What can I expect during my Chemical Skin Peel treatment?
When having a chemical peel, a prep solution is used first to prepare your skin for the chemical peel. Then the chemical solution will be applied to your skin. Depending on which peel you have, the peel may then be removed after a few minutes, or you may leave with the peel solution on your skin (self neutralizing peel).
Who should not get one?
Individuals with darkly pigmented skin should be very cautious about having chemical peels. This is because there is a significant chance that it may cause a change in the pigment of your skin.
You cannot have a chemical peel if you have an active bacterial, viral or fungal infection; if you have a history of keloids; if you have facial dermatitis; or if you have an allergy to any of the ingredients.
What do I need to do to prepare?
You will need to discontinue use of retinoid creams for 2 weeks prior to the peel. People who get cold sores (herpes simplex infections) should start on antiviral medications prior to treatment to prevent reactivation of cold sores.
What will be my aftercare following a Chemical Peel?
For 14 days following the peel it is best to avoid exfoliating products, like glycolic acid and retinol/retinoid, and direct, prolonged exposure to the sun. You will need to use a mild cleanser, hydrocortisone cream, moisturizer, and sunscreen SPF 50+. You must not peel the skin off. It is important that you let it peel naturally or you can damage the new skin and cause scars.
What are the possible side effects?
The most common side effects are peeling, redness, itching, and tightness of the skin Rare side effects include allergic reactions, blistering, scarring, or reactivation of herpes simplex infections.
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