Chemical peels are a facial treatment that can elevate your appearance for facial bliss that everyone can see. If you’re new to the realm of chemical peels, you may not know what to expect. Chemical peels aren’t suitable for everyone, but they’re extremely effective for those who would benefit from them. Your results will vary depending on your skin type, skin concerns, and the type of peel you have done.
That said, here’s a basic overview of what to expect from your first chemical peel. Before you can schedule your chemical peel, you’ll need to have a consultation in order to determine whether you are a good candidate for this treatment, as well as the best type of peel for you.
What Chemical Peels Do
Chemical peels should only be done by professionals. While there are at-home options out there, for optimal safety and results, you want to schedule with the pros.
When you get a chemical peel, chemical solutions are applied to your skin in order to remove the topmost layers. They help your skin grow back smoother, treat a variety of skin concerns, and can be combined with other procedures, depending on your needs. They range from superficial to deep.
Superficial peels are used for skin issues on the top layer of your skin. They are the gentlest and heal the quickest. Medium peels are for more in-depth issues, like sun damage and fine wrinkles. These take a week or two to heal. Deep peels are done at outpatient surgical centers and are for severe sun damage/hyperpigmentation. These ones take 2-3 weeks to heal.
Benefits Of Chemical Peels
Chemical peels can help with all sorts of things, such as:
- Reduction of lines and wrinkles
- Firmer, tighter, more toned face
- Deep facial cleansing
- Elimination of dead skin/smoother skin
- Relaxation of facial muscles and tissues
- Skin healing and promoting new skin cell growth
The best results are obtained with multiple treatments over time, however, you may notice results after one. The same as it takes time for skin damage to happen, it takes time to reverse and heal it.
When You Might Not Be Eligible For A Chemical Peel
Wonderful as chemical peels are, they may not be a good facial treatment option for you. Certain medical treatments could cause you to not be eligible for chemical peels
- Trying to get pregnant
- Being on retin-A
- Getting excessive sun exposure
Fortunately, when you get an assessment prior to your peel, your provider will advise you as to whether or not this is a good option for you.
Prior To The Chemical Peel
Before you schedule your first chemical peel, you’ll have an assessment. As mentioned before, this is also where your provider will advise you on the ideal type of peel for you or whether you should not get a peel.
Be prepared to review your medical history and to answer any questions about current/past medical conditions, medications, and cosmetic procedures.
Then, there will be a physical examination of your skin in order to determine the type of peel you would most benefit from and how your skin and specific conditions may affect results.
You’ll go over expectations, why you’re doing this treatment, how many treatments you’ll realistically need, what realistic results look like, healing time, and potential risks.
Getting Ready For The Peel
Once you’ve scheduled your first chemical peel, there are some things you need to do to get ready for your first chemical peel. You may need to take antiviral medication to prevent viral infection. Other recommendations may include:
- Using a retinoid cream
- Using a bleaching agent to reduce the risk of side effects
- Avoiding unprotected sun exposure
- Avoiding certain treatments/types of hair removal
- Arranging for the ride home if sedated during the procedure
Your First Chemical Peel
Chemical peels are usually done in-office. Your doctor will clean your face, protect your hair, and cover your eyes. You may or may not need painkillers depending on the type of peel.
The procedure itself varies depending on the type of peel you are having done.
For light peels
The doctor applies a chemical solution. You may feel a mild stinging. Then, a neutralizing solution or wash is used to remove the solution from your skin.
For medium peels
This is essentially the same as light peels. However, you may experience stinging/burning sensations for up to 20 minutes. Cool compresses are used to soothe the skin.
For deep peels
These are done in out-patient surgical centers. Your heart is monitored and you may be on IVs. The doctor may do the procedure in portions.
After The Peel
After your first chemical peel, you can expect red, tight, and irritated or swollen skin. Your doctor will give directions for sun protection, cleansing, moisturizing, and protective ointments. Your experience after your first chemical peel will vary depending on the type of chemical peel you had. Downtime varies from a few days to a few weeks.
Results vary based on the type of peel and skin type/concerns. Generally, though, after your first chemical peel, you should:
- Expect some skin peeling
- You may break out
- Avoid overexertion/heat
- Give proper aftercare
- Avoid makeup
- Stay hydrated
- Wear sunscreen
Do You Want To Schedule Your First Chemical Peel?
Contact Intermountain Aesthetics for an assessment! We will determine whether or not you are a good candidate for this treatment. If you are, we’ll recommend the ideal type of peel for you. Count on us to ensure your first chemical peel is done safely and properly.