A chemical peel can make a tremendous difference in the appearance of your skin by improving lines and wrinkles, smoothing texture, and increasing firmness and hydration. Before considering any type of cosmetic procedure, you will need some good information to help you make an informed decision.
What Is It?
As the name suggests, a chemical peel is a type of treatment involving the application of a chemical solution to peel back some portion of skin tissue to trigger the development of new skin that emerges from under the treatment area and rises to replace old, damaged skin tissue. Chemical peels are able to treat a wide range of skin conditions, including acne scars, lines and wrinkles, uneven skin tone, and stretch marks. Understanding what is involved with each peel will help you know what to expect every step of the way.
Types of Peels
Glycolic acid chemical peels are a solid treatment choice for skin problems such as enlarged pores, superficial scars, and a dull complexion. They remove the buildup of dead skin cells on the surface of your skin that can hide an otherwise bright complexion. Phenol or carbolic acid are used in the case of more serious skin problems such as deep scars, deeper wrinkles, and hyperpigmentation. This form of peel is more aggressive and may require a good bit of downtime.
Preparing for Your Chemical Peel Procedure
A good peel experience starts before you even step into the treatment area. Your results, your treatment experience, and your eligibility for a peel are all impacted by different factors, including the products you use at home before your procedure.
A good way to acclimate your skin to the shock of a peel is by exfoliating before your treatment. This allows your skin to ease into the strength of a professional chemical peel. You should also remain hydrated because dry skin is more vulnerable to a negative reaction. Drink lots of fluids before your treatment and avoid activities that could excessively dehydrate your skin like vigorous exercise or sun exposure.
Chemical Peels Aftercare
Now that you have undergone a chemical peel, you will want to make sure that you go the extra mile and do everything you can to get the most from your experience. After your peel, you can wash your face with cool water. Avoid using hot water that could irritate your skin that will be somewhat sensitive after your procedure.
You also need to moisturize and hydrate. Drink plenty of fluids and lock-in moisture with a good, nonirritating moisturizer. You should also avoid prolonged sun exposure and apply a strong sunscreen.
Schedule Your Consultation to Learn More
If you are dealing with signs of sun damage or aging skin, and are interested in undergoing a chemical peel treatment, we invite you to reach out and make an appointment with Dr. Usal Cosmetic Center. At our convenient locations in Paramus and Istanbul, our friendly and experienced team of professionals will be pleased to explain your options in full and answer any questions you may have. Contact us today to set up your consultation – we look forward to speaking with you!