Sun damage, acne, aging, and the buildup of dead skin cells cause dull skin and accentuate wrinkles, and blotchiness, making skin older than you really are! Dead skin cells clog pores and lead to pimples. Chemical peels will improve the skin’s appearance, soften fine lines and wrinkles, remove skin imperfections, exfoliate dead skin cells, encourage skin cell regeneration, and improve skin clarity, tone and texture.
Before getting a chemical peel, some patients need to follow a pre-peel skin care plan for 2 to 4 weeks. Dr. Hashemi will advise you if you need to take these precautions. This plan can improve results and reduce potential side effects.
On the day of your peel, you will first be prepped for the treatment. This includes cleansing your skin thoroughly. A deep peel must be performed in a surgical setting.
After you are prepped, your dermatologist will apply the peel quickly and evenly. She will watch your skin carefully to remove the peel at just the right time. With a deep peel, the skin is treated one small section at a time. This limits the effects on the heart and lungs.
After the peel comes off, your skin will be treated as needed. Patients who get a medium peel may need cool compresses followed by a lotion or cream to soothe their skin.
Light chemical peels are noninvasive, and gently exfoliate the outer layers of dead skin, reducing the appearance of skin imperfections to reveal smooth, healthy skin. These peels stimulate production of collagen and elastin, that support structure of the skin.
Medium peels commonly contain glycolic or trichloracetic acid (TCA) that penetrates the outer and middle layers of the skin. These peels are anti-aging, improve the appearance of age spots, fine lines and wrinkles, freckles and skin discoloration, and they can treat actinic keratosis or precancerous skin growths.
This combination peel provides enhanced exfoliation. It effectively removes moderate to severe sun damage, hyperpigmentation, fine lines and wrinkles, actinic keratosis and mild acne scars. There will be moderate flaking, peeling and redness which requires 7-10 days, downtime. This peel removes the surface layers of skin, and reveals firmer, and smoother skin.
After a medium or deep peel, you will have downtime. A deep chemical peel requires recuperation at home for 2 to 2 weeks.
Once your skin heals, you will see the results. Healing time ranges from 1 day for a refreshing or lunchtime peel to 14 days or longer for a deep peel. To get the results you seek from a refreshing peel or lunchtime peel, you may need to have 2 to 5 peels.
In the hands of a doctor who has experience with chemical peels, side effects tend to be mild. Some patients develop: