Everything About Chemical Peels You Should Know

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Chemical peels for the face is a procedure in which a chemical solution is applied to the skin to get rid of damaged skin cells, correct scars, sunspot discolorations and treat wrinkles.

They contain different types of acids with varying depths of skin penetration. Many options are available based on your skin’s needs and sensitivity. 

Preparing for a Chemical Peel: Things to Know

After choosing a reputable, certified dermatologist or a reputable skin clinic in Toowoomba, the first step is to schedule a pre-procedure consultation to discuss your reasons to go for a chemical peel and treatment expectations. Your health history and medications will be evaluated to ensure your skin is suitable for the treatment. 

This review includes screening for a history of diabetes, photosensitivity, abnormal scarring, nutritional deficiency, prior radiation, recent facial surgery, oral contraceptives, skin conditions, smoking status, pregnancy status and amount of sun exposure. These factors can enhance the risk of complications.

After that, a physical exam is performed to evaluate skin thickness, health and condition. 

During the two to four weeks before your scheduled chemical peel, a set of preparation activities is performed to optimise treatment effectiveness, known as priming. Also, UV exposure should be limited. A sunscreen with an SPF of 50+ can be applied every morning. 

Lastly, waxing and dermabrasion must be avoided. These activities and recommendations aim to reduce the top layer of the skin, improve penetration of the chemical peel, stimulate healing, and lessen the risk of complications like hyperpigmentation and scarring.

The day before your procedure, your face should be washed with non-residue soap. Also, moisturisers and makeup must be avoided.

What to Expect During the Procedure?

During the treatment, a neutral paste may be applied in areas around your eyes, nose, and mouth to keep the chemical peeling solution from pooling in those areas. For deeper chemical peels, pain medicine may be given right before the procedure.

The application method may be different based on the chosen peeling agent. For example, liquid solutions may be applied using a brush, cotton tip applicator, or gauze swab. The peeling agent is first applied to areas with thicker skin like the forehead, cheeks, chin and nose. Then, it is spread to the other areas of the face with firm, even strokes in the same direction.

Post-procedure Experience

After the treatment, your skin will be likely red and look irritated. Deeper chemical peels could result in increased redness & swelling. It is also natural to feel some burning or stinging. A protective ointment can be applied to soothe the area of concern, and symptoms should begin to resolve in one or two weeks.

Makeup can typically be worn the next day for light peels. For medium peels, it will take a week. It may take a few months for the skin to return to normal and show complete peel results. Recommendations like routine cleansing, moisturising and sun exposure reduction will help increase the chemical peel results.

At Drayton Cosmetics & Body Sculpting, our practitioners can provide you with the best treatment solution based on your skin type, needs and quality. Contact us today.

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