Is a Chemical Peel Right for Me?
What it is: A chemical peel is a skin resurfacing technique in which a chemical solution is applied to the face to remove the outer surface layers of skin. Chemical peels come in a range of strengths, from a deeper Phenol Peel to more superficial peels, such as a Glycolic Acid peel. Chemical peels allow new, healthier skin to emerge.
A chemical skin peel involves the application of a solution to the entire face or to specific areas to peel away the skin’s top layers. Several light to medium-depth peels can often achieve similar results to one deeper peel treatment, with less risk and shorter recovery time.
- Peel solutions may contain alpha hydroxy acids, tricholoracetic acid (TCA) or phenol, and peel “depth” or the number of skin layers removed, is determined by both solution ingredients and concentration.
- TCA Skin Peels use trichloroacetic acid for peeling of the face, neck, hands and other exposed areas of the body. It has less bleaching effect than phenol peels, and is good for “spot” peeling of specific areas. It can be used for deep, medium or light peeling, depending on the concentration and method of application.
- Phenol is used for deep chemical peels. Phenol offers full-face peeling when sun damage or wrinkling is severe. It can also be used to treat limited areas of the face, such as deep wrinkles around the mouth, but it may permanently bleach the skin, leaving a line of demarcation between the treated and untreated areas that must be covered with makeup.
- Lactic acid lotions like Lac-Hydrin can help to treat keratosis pilaris and lighten brown spots at the same time.
Is it safe?
An experienced Aesthetician will be able to access your skin type and condition, and choose the appropriate peel strength. Most peels performed today, are by-products of peels used for 50+ years, with additives that have further improved safety and cell renewal.
Down time / the physical appearance of the peeling
At Rejuvenation, we have more than 15 different types and levels of peels. The mildest peel is superficial, and has no post facial peeling. Other levels can cause mild flaking, moderate flaking and peeling, to more in-depth dermal peeling.
Will it hurt during treatment?
Depending on the peel strength, there may be some discomfort, which a fan and drinking cold water may alleviate. Most people tolerate even the strongest levels very well.
Is it worth it?
Your Aesthetician can advise you on what type of results you can expect, and give you options to choose from to help you decide if your investment will be worth it to you.
Here’s What to Expect Before, During and After Your Peel:
- Before your peel, your esthetician will go over your current products with you to determine if you should stop their use prior to the peel for safety reasons. (Some products such as Retinols should be ceased one week before a peel)
- Your peel appointment will be about 45 minutes. Your skin will be cleansed and dried thoroughly, then primed with a solution.
- Your esthetician will then apply the peel , using a fan to keep the skin comfortable.
- You may feel a warm, tingly sensation on the skin with the application of the solution. As a general rule, the stronger the peel, the more warmth you will feel.
- You will be given a Post Treatment Kit with approximately 5-7 days of products.
- For the first few days, your skin will feel tight and a bit dry, and then beginning around day three, depending on your peel strength, skin will begin to slough off for the next 1-4 days
- One week after your peel you may resume your normal skin care routine, and enjoy your healthy glowing skin!
We offer a variety of different peels that treat pigmentation, fine lines, skin texture, tone, and some forms of acne. Not all treatments are the same; strengths of each peel may vary. Some of our peels are gentle enough to get a great exfoliation without visible peeling. There are treatment options for everyone and our esthetics team is ready to help you find the right fit for your unique needs. Come in for a customized consultation with one of our aesthetics experts to find out which peel procedure is right for you!
If you have questions about chemical peels or general skin care, feel free to reach out to us on Facebook or call us at 615-945-4422. I would love to help you with any questions!
Written by: Carla Singleton, Medical Aesthetician at Rejuvenation Plastic Surgery
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