More people are realizing that the skin cannot be taken for granted. We no longer wait until the signs of aging have gotten so concerning that we seek plastic surgery. Now, more of us are managing cosmetic aging by support skin health. One way we help our patients do this is by providing customized chemical peel treatment in our comfortable Boca Raton office.
What is a chemical peel?
A chemical peel is a professional dermatologic treatment that removes the outermost layers of the skin. By triggering the body to slough off dead and damaged skin cells, a chemical peel encourages the acceleration of skin cell regeneration. This leads to smoother, brighter, healthier tissue.
What do chemical peels do?
Chemical peels remove a select amount of superficial skin. How many layers are affected depends on the strength of the peel. Regardless of depth, chemical peels promote the regeneration of the epidermis at a faster rate than would occur naturally.
What are chemical peels used for?
There are many reasons to undergo a chemical peel. This noninvasive treatment is often performed to correct:
- Sun damage
- Age spots
- Hyperpigmentation caused by melasma
- Textural irregularities
- Acne and acne scars
- Fine lines
What are the benefits of chemical peels?
Chemical peel treatments are convenient and cost-effective. Because each treatment can be customized, there is potential to address a wide range of concerns without using aggressive resurfacing techniques. Our patients appreciate that they can undergo chemical peels within their preferences for downtime, results, and budget.
How long do chemical peels last?
The chemical peel treatment itself typically takes an hour or less. How long the results of a peel last depends on several factors. These include the strength of the peel selected and the severity of the dermatologic problem.
Generally, a light chemical peel achieves results that last 1 to 2 months. A medium peel may improve the skin’s appearance for up to 6 months. Deep chemical peels remove several layers of skin and achieve results that can last years.
How many chemical peels until I see results?
The number of chemical peels a person needs depends on similar factors as listed above. More severe discoloration and aging may be reduced with one deep chemical peel. Two or more medium peels may be needed to achieve the same results, and several light peels would be needed to correct severe discoloration or scarring.
It is important to us that our patients achieve their desired outcome from treatment. We conduct a thorough consultation during which we do our best to estimate the number of chemical peels it may take to achieve each person’s goals.
How often can I have a chemical peel?
The frequency of chemical peel treatments depends on the intensity of each. Deep peels may only need to be conducted once. Medium peels may be performed every 3 to 6 months. Light chemical peels can be performed monthly.
Are there different types of peels?
There are several different types of peels that range in intensity based on the chemicals contained in their formulation. The wide variety of peels allows patients more control over their results and their desired downtime after treatment.
Can I wear makeup after a chemical peel?
Skin is much more vulnerable after a chemical peel so caution should be used. Makeup should not be applied when the skin is still flaking or peeling. For some patients, this ends within 24 hours. Depending on the depth of the peel and the skin’s response to treatment, makeup may need to be avoided for 7 to 10 days or more. If you are unsure about when it is acceptable to apply makeup, contact our office for guidance.
Will my skin be red after treatment?
Redness may occur as a side effect of chemical peel treatment. Severity depends on the depth of the peel and also the skin’s natural sensitivity. Generally, light peels cause minimal redness that subsides within 24 hours. A few days may be needed to overcome redness after a medium peel, and deep peels may trigger several days of redness, peeling, and other side effects.
Will I need to avoid the sun after a chemical peel?
The ultraviolet light in sunshine is very damaging to the skin. It is very important to protect newly-formed skin cells from this damage. This is true not only immediately after a chemical peel but for the years that follow.
Exposing the skin to sunlight or tanning beds can degrade the improvements that are achieved with chemical peel treatment.