What can I achieve from chemical peel treatments?
Be sure to discuss with your doctor the type and degree of skin improvement you hope to gain from the peel treatment program. Together, you can decide if your expectations are realistic and redefine your goals if necessary to get the desired improvements. The following are types of Improvements that are possible with the chemical peel treatment program and items to discuss with your doctor:
Skin improvements that may result from a series of peels:
- softening of fine lines from sun damage
- softening of coarse lines from sun damage
- mild or moderate smoothing of acne scars
- lightening of pigmentation irregularities
- Increasing skin glow or radiance
- Some reduction of pore size
How often will I need to do a peel?
This may vary but generally a peel is recommended to be done once a month. One skin cycle is about 28 days, so this is the most frequent a peel should be done. In rare circumstances it may be a bit shorter. A longer period may be recommended if your skin is a bit sensitive. The repetitive nature of peels is what brings about their positive effects.
How fast will I see an improvement?
You will see an immediate difference in radiance immediately after a peel. Acne prone skin will see an improvement within 1-2 months. Deeper textural changes will take multiple peels. Noticeable improvements are seen in all clients within 3 months of monthly peels being started.
Can anyone be treated with chemical peels?
Almost anyone can be treated with a peel. Most skin types and shades can successfully be rejuvenated with chemical peels. A consultation with the Doctor will be best to see if chemical peels can benefit you. See the list below for possible problem situations.
Is there much “down time” after a chemical peel?
This depends largely on the type and strength of peel used. Mostly there is little or no down time. You are able to go directly back to work after a peel. Your skin may be mildly red and irritated but this will settle quickly. If more down time is to be expected the Doctor will discuss this with you beforehand.
Are there different types of chemical peels?
Yes. The Doctor will choose the right chemical peel system for you.
The doctor uses the NeoStrata Skin Rejuvenation System which includes a NeoStrata Glycolic Acid Skin Renewal Peel, including a Booster pad treatment.
NeoStrata's superficial peel treatments are quick, inoffice procedures that are performed under the supervision of the Doctor. They may be used in combination with NeoStrata home care products to stimulate skin renewal helping the skin to appear healthier, plumper and tighter with enhanced skin smoothness and clarity.
NeoStrata's superficial peels are:
- fragrance free
- full strength
- physician strength
- not tested on animals
- enhance skin renewal
- can be combined with other cosmetic procedures
- promote smoother, healthier skin
- do not contain animal derived ingredients
Is there anything I need to know or do before I go for a chemical peel?
The following cosmetic procedures can enhance your skin's reactivity. You may be required to discontinue use of certain procedures a week before a peel. Inform your doctor of use of the following within the previous two weeks:
- waxing, depilatories and electrolysis
- masks, facials and topical exfoliators
- hair dying treatments, permanent wave or straightening treatments
- artificial tanning/sun bathing
- loofah or other types of exfoliating sponges
If you think of any additional information in these areas that were not discussed with your doctor during your consultation, you should contact her prior to your peel treatment. There may be reason to delay or postpone a peel.
Please inform the Doctor if you suffer from any of the following:
- Cold sores
- Allergies or eczema
- Seborrhoeic dermatitis
- A history of pigmentation disorder
- Excessive scarring tendency or keloid scarring
- Use or Roaccutane or similar medicines, anticoagulant or chemotherapy within the last 6 months
- Pregnancy or breastfeeding
- Recent cosmetic surgery, microdermabrasion or laser treatments
- Recent sunburn