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Should I go to the spa for a chemical peel?

Should I go to the spa for a chemical peel?

Chemical Peel in....: I recommend that you go to your local facial cosmetic surgeon or dermatologists office for evaluation of appropriateness of, and application of a chemical peel. ...Read more

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Dr. Thomas Fiala
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Chemical Peel (Definition)

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


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I want to get laser treatment on my skin for acne. Would i go to a dermatologist for this or a plastic surgeon?

I want to get laser treatment on my skin for acne. Would i go to a dermatologist for this or a plastic surgeon?

Laser Treatment: Dear Matthew1: Either a plastic surgeon or a dermatologist would be fine. Make sure whoever you chose has experience with acne treatment and is a ASLMS member. Please check for board certification and ask to see pre and post op photo's demonstrating that doctor's results. Hope this helps and good luck. ...Read more

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Where do I go to get a chemical peel done?

Where do I go to get a chemical peel done?

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 more

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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? .

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?

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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

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Would it be safer to do microdermabrasion or a chemical peel on skin after accutane?

Would it be safer to do microdermabrasion or a chemical peel on skin after accutane?

Neither!: It depends on how long ago you stopped your accutane, but if it has been less than a year, i'd recommend avoiding any type of surgery or inflammation-causing procedure. The risk of scarring is low with both of these procedures (the least is microdermabrasion), but whatever those risks are, they are multiplied significantly with accutane-stimulated skin. Just say no, be patient or worse can occur. ...Read more

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After you get a chemical peel is the acne supposed to get worse?

After you get a chemical peel is the acne supposed to get worse?

Maybe: Although salicylic acid peels have been a gold standard peel fro acne on occasion after the peel you can have a sudden but temporary flare up of your acne. This also goes for laser treatments, birth control pills and other agents when treating acne ...Read more

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Should I have a 2nd or third session of chemical peels to see optimal results for my acne?

Should I have a 2nd or third session of chemical peels to see optimal results for my acne?

Yes: Depending on the stage and extent of scarring, it is likely that a other peel will provide added benefits. ...Read more

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How long should I wait to get a chemical peel or ipl after stopping accutane?

How long should I wait to get a chemical peel or ipl after stopping accutane?

IPL/ Peel p/Accutane: The recommendation is to wait 6 months after completion of accutane, prior to ip or chemical peel treatment. Confirm timing of elective cosmetic procedures with your prescribing physician. ...Read more

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How much would it cost to remove a mole by laser and which specific doctor i should go to for that ? (I'm from rabat, morocco)

How much would it cost to remove a mole by laser and which specific doctor i should go to for that ? (I'm from rabat, morocco)

A dermatologist is: the type of doc you need to see. He/she will tell you all the particulars of your situation. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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How long before getting a facial or chemical peel should I stop using renin-a? I am using retin-a for acne but would like to get a facial. Do i need to be off of retin-a for any amount of time?

How long before getting a facial or chemical peel should I stop using renin-a? I am using retin-a for acne but would like to get a facial. Do i need to be off of retin-a for any amount of time?

It : It depends what type of facial or chemical peel you are talking about, but in general i typically recommend that patients stop Retin-A a few days prior to their chemical peel. Again, it depends on the depth and type of peel so i would discuss with your dermatologist. Read more about the vitalize chemical peels i find to be very helpful at the link below. I hope that helps! ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my face is peeling from getting a tan, can I use a home chemical peel (glycolic acid) on the skin?

Gentle washing: Gentle washing with a hypoallergenic cleanser (such as Cetaphil ) and a soft washcloth will remove the peeling skin with less irritation than an acid containing peel would ...Read more

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I've been going to a medical spa to have syringiomas removed with a laser, I have many under each eye and need to go for my third treatment, an ob gyn is doing this, should I be seeing a dermatologist?

I've been going to a medical spa to have syringiomas removed with a laser, I have many under each eye and need to go for my third treatment, an ob gyn is doing this, should I be seeing a dermatologist?

Skin treatments : As long as the physician is properly trained and experienced, it does not matter what of doctor is providing the service. This procedure is simple and you should see whoever you feel comfortable with. ...Read more

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What should I look for in a good dermabrasion product?

What should I look for in a good dermabrasion product?

Not sure: Dermabrasion machines are of 2 kinds, those that use crystals such as aluminum oxide or sodium bicarbonate, and those that use a diamond-tipped surface, to sand away small uneven spots on the surface of the skin. Professional machines should be fda-approved for medical use. Good results can depend on the judgment and skill of the physician using the machine, rather than on the machine itself. ...Read more

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What vitamins should I take after a chemical peel in order to speed up the healing?

What vitamins should I take after a chemical peel in order to speed up the healing?

Nothing special: There is no credible evidence that any vitamin will speed up healing after a chemical peel. Just eat a healthy diet and follow your doctor's recommendations for caring for your skin after the procedure is done. ...Read more

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Do you have to be a doctor or a nurse to go on a botox/dermal fillers training course?

Do you have to be a doctor or a nurse to go on a botox/dermal fillers training course?

Depends: It's not illegal to get education. Using that education is regulated by each state. You might be able to find a course that will let you attend and listen, but you probably won't find a course that will let you stick a needle in a person with or without Botox in the needle. ...Read more

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I live in europe and i just shaved my hair to go and see a dermatologist just for a check up for moles. How to spot a good dermatologist?

Major university: I would call a large university if there is one close to you that has a department of dermatology and see if there is a doctor that specializes in moles. ...Read more

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What ingredients should I look for in an exfoliate for my face and how many time should I exfoliate?

What ingredients should I look for in an exfoliate   for my face and how many time should I exfoliate?

AHAs: Alpha hydroxy acids are good options found in many products. Also a clarisonic mia is an option. Do it twice a week to begin. ...Read more

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For my old acne scars, wondering if a chemical peel would help to lessen it or remove it?

For my old acne scars, wondering if a chemical peel would help to lessen it or remove it?

Sure: It i a great idea . There are all grades of peels. As far as removal it depends on the type and severity of your scars. Ice pick scars are the hardest to deal with and the least helped by peels. ...Read more

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