Chemical Peel FAQs. By Shaliyah Geathers, L.A

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Researching chemical peels? In this article, LA Shaliyah Geathers explains everything you need to know about the chemical peel process. We at RefinedLooks Plastic Surgery and Spa aim to educate our clients about procedures and treatments so that you are better informed to make an educated decision. Read more below to see if you’d be a good candidate for a peel!

What do they do?

Chemical Peels use acid-based agents to resurface the skin by inducing a controlled injury, removing superficial layers of the skin. As a result, they promote growth of new healthy skin while also improving skin texture, discoloration, minimizing pores and other concerns.

What should I expect during?

Each client might have a different experience due to the skin’s condition, goals and chemical peel chosen. VI Peel using several different ingredients to ensure the comfort while the treatment is taking place.

What is the recovery/downtime? 

Times vary from client to client. 7-14 days is a typical timeframe for the skin to process and you see results. Immediately after the peel, your skin will have a nice healthy glow. Day 3 has been consistent with the beginning of the “peeling” process.

Why did I not have visible peeling?

I tell my clients to not gauge the success of the peel by the amount of peeling, but by the results the peel will produce. Even though your skin didn’t necessarily peel, it is still turning over at an accelerated rate, allowing your skin’s texture, tone and pigment to improve.

Products/Procedures to avoid before and after treatment?

One week before your peel avoid any laser treatments and waxing. Two to three days before, discontinue any Retinoids, AHAs/BHAs. Cosmetic fillers– allow them to fully settle and let skin sensitivity conclude. Post Care instructions along with a post care kit (including a cleanser, moisturizer and sunscreen) will be sent home with you.

Chemical Peel After Instructions:

  • No after ingredients for 7 days or until peeling is complete.
  • No picking or prematurely pulling the skin off. You can use fingertips to gently roll skin that has been shed or you can use cuticle scissors to cut the skin that is in the process of peeling off.
  • Wear sunblock every day. Avoid the sun for up to 2 weeks post-treatment.
  • For a week post peel cleanse skin morning and night then moisturize with aftercare or calming cream. Immediately post-treatment do not sweat or wash face up to 24 hours.
  • If irritation or itchiness occurs- Hydrocortisone cream can be applied to help calm the skin.

Makeup application post-treatment:

It is best recommended to leave your skin without any makeup for at least 24 hours. You can then utilize mineral makeup to ensure you maintain clean pores, allowing your skin to breathe and heal properly over time.

Anticipated downtime:

With a chemical peel you will have a few days of downtime. You should expect to be a little red and then after a day or two expect light to moderate peeling based on the peel you received. Your skin may feel dry as it heals so it is important to keep the skin hydrated.

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