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Should I Go To The Spa For A Chemical Peel
A chemical peel is typically a controlled burn administered with an acid to the surface of the skin. Superficial, medium and deep peels are available with no, 1 week and several weeks of downtime. Peels burn the outer layer of the skin (superficial) or variable amounts of the dermis to increase collagen, elastin, remove dark spots and fine wrinkles and give ...Read more
How is the skin prepped before a chemical peel? What is the process that a spa takes your skin through prior to a chemical peel in order to get it ready for the treatment?
The : The skin is cleansed and de-oiled prior to any skin resurfacing procedure. Prior to procedures involving skin resurfacing i place patients on medication to prevent a herpes breakout, to increase the "turn over" process of skin cells (retin a) to promote healing, and to prevent pigment changes. Make sure that the procedure is being done by a trained medical person because skin resurfacing can lead to pigment changes and scaring if not done properly. ...Read more
Best to see MD: If you want good results. Deeper peels give more impressive results. However, these meical grade peels should only be done by md's with experience (facial plastic surgeons/dermatologists). Medical grade peels should only be done on the face, never on neck or any where else (high risk of scarring). Superficial peels can be done by aestheticians but won't do much dramatic wrinkle reduction. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I'm going to get a chemical peel and I want to know if there is anything I have to do prepare my skin for this? Or is it not necessary?
Depends : Some peels like the Vi do not require preparation. However some others are better if for a few weeks pre peel you have a regimen of hydroquinone and retin-a which is discontinued a week before the peel. I would speak to your doctor about if you require a pre peel program ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Helps exfoliate : There are different types and strengths of chemical peels. They, in general, help exfoliate and as a result reduce the appearance of fine lines and dark marks. Some peels are deeper and resurface skin. These have some downtime and recovery. Glycolic peels are generally more gentle and have less down time. ...Read more
Home chemical peel: I do not recommend home chemical peels for any of my patients. While chemical peels are a very commonly performed procedure, they are not without risk of unexpected outcomes that can be worse than the original problem you were trying to improve. I encourage you to consult with a cosmetic surgeon or dermatologist. ...Read more
Peels help skin: Peels come as deep, medium and superficial. The deeper the peel the more discomfort and down time one has. Superficial peels can provide good results if done with frequency. Melange peel is a deep peel for pigment problems or the mini melange is no down time but great for pigment and on ethnic skin. Using daily skin care products to exfoliate the skin and depigment it are just as critical. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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