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About Chemical Peels

A chemical peel is helpful for wrinkles, light acne scarring, and irregular pigmentation such as freckles and age spots. Pre-cancerous conditions such as keratoses (thick, rough, reddish growths) also respond well to this procedure. There are several types of chemical peels, including light peels to remove surface wrinkles, medium peels, and deep peels for more severe conditions. The right peel for you will be determined during your consultation.

Chemical Peels Treat:

  • Acne and acne scars
  • Sun-damaged skin
  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Uneven skin tone
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Melasma
  • Rough skin texture
  • Enlarged pores
  • Age spots
  • Scaly patches

The Complete Chemical Peels Process

Preparation Guidelines:

  • Minimize sun exposure and use sunscreen regularly leading up to the procedure.
  • Stop using certain skincare products, like retinoids, a few days before the peel.
  • Inform your provider about any medications or medical conditions.
  • Maintain good hydration by drinking plenty of water.
  • Prepare for potential downtime, as your skin may peel and appear red.
  • Adhere to any specific pre-peel instructions provided by Dr. Schalit.

The Chemical Peel Session
Your skincare professional will carefully cleanse your skin and apply a chemical solution. The type and strength of the solution depend on your skin’s specific needs. You might feel a mild tingling or burning sensation during the application. After a set period, the solution is neutralized, and your skin is cleansed again. Over the following days, your skin will naturally peel, revealing a fresher layer underneath. The entire process is typically completed in under an hour.

Aftercare Guidelines:

  • Apply a gentle, hydrating moisturizer to soothe your skin.
  • Use sunscreen daily to shield your skin from UV damage.
  • Stay out of direct sunlight and tanning beds for at least a week.
  • Avoid makeup for the first few days post-peel.
  • Don’t scrub or pick at peeling skin; let it naturally slough off.
  • Drink plenty of water to keep your skin hydrated.
  • Adhere to any post-peel care instructions from your provider.
  • Be patient, as full results may take a few weeks to appear.

The Recovery Process

After a chemical peel, your skin may initially appear red and feel sensitive. Over the next few days to a week, you’ll experience peeling as the damaged top layer sheds, revealing smoother, fresher skin beneath. The extent of peeling varies depending on the peel’s depth. You can expect improved skin texture, reduced imperfections, and a more youthful complexion. Please follow all post-peel care instructions for optimal results and a faster recovery.

Benefits of Chemical Peels:

  • Non-invasive skin rejuvenation
  • Personalized according to your skin type
  • Suitable for numerous skin concerns and goals
  • Stimulates natural collagen production
  • Improves overall skin tone and texture
  • Minimal side effects and downtime
  • Long-lasting, natural-looking results

Chemical Peels FAQs

What are the chemical peels treatment duration and downtime?

The length of your treatment will depend on the chemical peel you select. However, you can usually expect to spend about 30 minutes in your peel session. If you opt for one of the stronger peels, you should expect mild to moderate redness and peeling for the first week after your treatment. A light peel may only cause mild redness for a few hours.

What are the typical results after chemical peels?

You should begin to see results from your chemical peel treatment about 2-3 weeks after your session. We recommend scheduling chemical peels about one month before any big event or celebration.

Who are the ideal candidates for chemical peels?

You’re a good candidate for chemical peels if you have dry, uneven skin tone, fine lines and wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, acne scarring, and other mild to moderate signs of aging.

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Dr. Schalit is a highly skilled facial cosmetic surgeon, board-certified by the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. If you’re considering a chemical peel or any facial rejuvenation procedure, we invite you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Schalit. During your consultation, you can discuss your specific concerns and goals, receive expert guidance, and determine the best treatment plan tailored to your needs.

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