- What is a chemical peel?
A chemical peel is a skin resurfacing treatment that involves the application of a chemical solution to the skin, which causes the top layer of dead skin cells to peel off, revealing smoother, clearer, and more youthful-looking skin.
- How does a chemical peel work?
Chemical peels work by breaking down the bonds that hold dead skin cells together, causing them to peel off and reveal new, healthy skin underneath. The strength of the peel is determined by the type and concentration of the chemical solution used, as well as the length of time it is left on the skin.
- Who is a good candidate for a chemical peel?
Chemical peels are often recommended for individuals with acne, fine lines, wrinkles, sun damage, uneven skin tone, and hyperpigmentation. However, it's best to consult Dr. Vasantha Natarajan to know if a chemical peel is suitable for you.
- What should I expect during a chemical peel treatment?
During a chemical peel, the skin will be cleaned and then the chemical solution will be applied. The skin may feel warm or tingling during the treatment, but this should subside shortly after the peel is removed. The skin may be red and swollen immediately after the treatment, but this should also subside within a few days.
- What is the recovery(down) time for a chemical peel?
Recovery time will depend on the strength of the peel and the individual's skin type. Mild peels may require no downtime, but medium and deep peels may require a few days to a week of recovery time. The skin may be red, swollen, and sensitive for a few days, and it is important to avoid sun exposure and use sunscreen during the recovery period.
- How often can I get a chemical peel?
It is recommended to wait at least 4 to 6 weeks between chemical peels, as the skin needs time to recover and rejuvenate. Dr. Vasantha Natarajan will recommend a schedule that's best for you.
- What are the best quality peels available?
SkinMedica and VI chemical peels are popular choices for those looking to improve the appearance of their skin. Here are some benefits of SminMedica and VI peels:
Safe and Effective: SkinMedica and VI peels are formulated with medical-grade ingredients and are designed to be safe and effective for a wide range of skin types and concerns.
Improves the Appearance of Fine Lines and Wrinkles: SkinMedica and VI peels can help to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, resulting in a more youthful, refreshed appearance.
Evens Out Skin Tone: SkinMedica and VI peels can help to improve the overall tone and texture of the skin, reducing the appearance of age spots, hyperpigmentation, and other skin discolorations.
Reduces the Appearance of Acne: SkinMedica and VI peels can help to reduce the appearance of acne and acne scars, resulting in a clearer, smoother complexion.
Minimizes Pore Size: SkinMedica and VI peels can help to unclog pores, resulting in a reduction in pore size and an improvement in overall skin texture.
Non-Invasive: Unlike surgery or other invasive procedures, SkinMedica peels are a non-invasive way to improve the appearance of the skin, with little to no downtime.
Customizable: SkinMedica peels can be customized to meet the individual needs of each patient, resulting in a personalized treatment plan that addresses specific skin concerns.
What are the common body areas where body peels are used?
Common body areas where body peels are used include:
Arms/underarms: To improve the appearance of rough, dry skin, and age spots, and to even out skin tone.
Legs: To improve the appearance of rough, dry skin, and age spots, and to even out skin tone.
Back: To improve the appearance of acne scars, and age spots, and to even out skin tone.
Chest: To improve the appearance of rough, dry skin, and age spots, and to even out skin tone.
Hands: To improve the appearance of age spots and to even out skin tone.
Chemical Peel Dos Don'ts
Before a chemical peel procedure:
Avoid sun exposure and tanning for at least a month before the procedure.
Avoid waxing, electrolysis, or any other hair removal methods that can irritate the skin.
Avoid taking any medications that can thin the skin, such as blood thinners or retinoids.
Inform your doctor of any medical conditions you have, as well as any medications you are taking.
After a chemical peel procedure:
Avoid sun exposure for at least a week after the procedure.
Use sunscreen with a high SPF to protect your skin.
Avoid any activities that may cause excessive sweating, such as exercise.
Avoid using any exfoliating products on your skin for at least a week after the procedure.
Follow the post-treatment instructions given by your doctor to ensure proper healing and minimize the risk of complications.