A chemical peel treatment is an excellent way to achieve smoother and younger-looking skin. This treatment option can be tailored to your needs and skin type to reach the results you are looking for in Kelowna, BC. A chemical peel can reduce wrinkles and fine lines, create a more even skin tone and texture by fading sunspots and other discoloration, or smooth scars. Before your first chemical peel at Cerulean Medical Institute, there are some things you should know about the preparation, procedure, and recovery process.
1. Healthy Skin is Best Before a Chemical Peel Treatment
A chemical peel can improve the appearance of your skin and create a healthier look. However, it’s best for your skin to be in the best possible health before your chemical peel. This helps the peel to be more effective and safer. Prior to your treatment, Dr. Chetty may recommend a skincare routine using professional-quality products to help improve your skin and prepare for the chemical peel.
2. Chemical Peels are Effective for Exfoliation
The primary purpose of a chemical peel is to exfoliate and remove dead or damaged skin cells to create a smoother, more even, and more youthful surface. The depth of the peel chosen by our skin care experts is indicative of whether the peel addresses just the skin’s surface or reaches deeper layers of the skin. The active ingredients work to remove, turnover and differentiate old skin cells that block pores and stick to the surface. After your chemical peel, you may see immediate exfoliation effects. The dead and damaged cells will continue to desquamate away through the healing period.
3. Chemical Peels Can Improve Many Skin Concerns
Most patients choose chemical peels for their anti-aging effects. A chemical peel can remove discoloration from sun damage and stimulate new collagen growth for firmer skin with reduced wrinkles, fine lines, or sagging. Certain chemical peels can also be great options for texture concerns like scarring and acne. During a consultation, Dr. Chetty will review your concerns and recommend whether a chemical peel is right for you.
4. Multiple Types of Chemical Peels are Available
Chemical peels generally fall into three categories: light or superficial, medium, and deep peels. The right option for you will depend on the severity of your concerns, the amount of downtime you can undertake, your skin type, and other individual considerations. After a consultation, Dr. Chetty can choose the right type of peel for your specific needs.
5. Your Skin Care Expert Will Prep Your Skin Before Your Peel
Your chemical peel procedure will require some prep before you are ready for the chemical peel solution to be applied. This involves thoroughly cleansing of the skin removing looser dead skin cells or other debris from the surface. Your skin care expert will explain what steps are necessary to ensure your best possible chemical peel results.
6. Chemical Peels Aren’t Just for the Face
A majority of chemical peel patients choose to treat aging signs found on the face, but this is not the only treatment area possible. Chemical peels can also be used in areas such as the neck, chest, or hands. These areas face about the same exposure to sunlight and other damaging elements, making them susceptible to aging signs like wrinkles or sunspots over time. A chemical peel can create a more youthful look throughout the body.
7. Most Patients Have Multiple Peels
It’s typical for patients to undergo multiple chemical peel sessions to reach or maintain their ideal results. Superficial peels can be repeated about once a month if you choose, while medium or deeper peels can be repeated every few months or years. Dr. Chetty will recommend the best treatment plan for you over time.
8. SPF is Important After a Chemical Peel Treatment
Following your chemical peel, your skin will be sensitive to sunlight. This means that SPF is more important than ever. Be sure to avoid direct sun exposure as much as possible and choose products with SPF 30+ to wear daily. Protective clothing like sunhats or sunglasses can also be beneficial. Wearing SPF and avoiding sun exposure can help you maintain your chemical peel results long-term, preventing future wrinkles or sunspots from developing.
9. Some Chemical Peels Require Downtime
After a superficial chemical peel, you will see some peeling of the skin and redness, but these will be minimal, enough that you can go about your normal routine. However, medium and deep chemical peels require more healing time. Redness, swelling and peeling are all normal and expected after these chemical peels, and you can also expect some irritation or discomfort. Some deep chemical peels will require you to take analgesia to stay comfortable as your skin heals. On average, these types of chemical peels will require about one week of downtime. Most patients will see their final results from medium or deep chemical peels two to four weeks after their procedures.
10. Chemical Peel Results Can Be Long-Lasting
After your chemical peel treatment, you will see smoother, glowing, youthful-looking skin with reduced pigmentation or texture issues. Wrinkles, fine lines, sagging, sunspots or age spots, and minor scarring should all be reduced. These results can be long-lasting as long as you maintain good skin health. A superficial chemical peel should yield results that last several months, while deep chemical peel results can last up to 1 year. To extend your chemical peel results, you should use high-quality skincare products in your daily routine and remember SPF to prevent future sun damage.
Schedule a Consultation
Several chemical peel options are available, the first step of any treatment is a thorough consultation with a knowledgeable skin care expert. Dr. Chetty will evaluate your skin type, concerns, and health history to determine whether a chemical peel is right for you.
To schedule your consultation with Dr. Chetty, call our Kelowna, BC office at (778) 402-3696. You can also contact Cerulean Medical Institute online to set up your first appointment.