While you may have heard horror stories about burning or peeling skin, a chemical peel is actually very safe when performed by an experienced and reputable dermatologist. When performed properly, chemical peels can diminish or eliminate the appearance of dead skin cells, scars, and sun damage. If you are considering a chemical peel, talk to your physician about what to expect from the treatment and what you can do to prepare for it.
Depending on your skin type and needs, your dermatologist may recommend one of a number of chemical peel types. Each treatment differs in intensity, depth, and scope of results. Based on the treatment you will be receiving, your dermatologist may recommend certain preparatory steps and recovery tips to follow in order to ensure safe, maximum results.
Before a Chemical Peel
Before your chemical peel treatment, you will have a consultation with your dermatologist. During this time, you will discuss the concerns you have with your skin and your peel options. You will also have the time to ask questions and receive instructions on skin care before and after your chemical peel.
On the day of treatment, your skin will be prepped. The steps in preparing for a chemical peel include cleansing and the application of any required anesthetic. If you are having a medium or deep chemical peel, IV sedation, local anesthetic, or general anesthetic may be recommended and administered.
During a Chemical Peel
No matter what kind of peel you choose, your dermatologist will monitor you closely. He or she will watch your skin for reactions and will carefully adjust the peel as necessary. Once the proper time has elapsed, the chemical peel will be gently removed, taking impurities and imperfections with it.
After a Chemical Peel
Once the peel has been removed, your dermatologist will apply a soothing lotion to your skin. With a deep peel, surgical dressing will be applied. You will be sent home with strict instructions on how to care for your skin, which activities and products to avoid, and how to monitor your recovery at home.
To learn more about chemical peels and which one is right for you, contact Advanced Dermatology today. The dermatologists at Advanced Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery can assist you with all of your cosmetic or clinical skincare needs. Immediate appointments are available at one of our Tampa offices. To locate an office or doctor near you, please visit Advanced Dermatology online or call us today at (866) 400-3376.