Few people have perfect skin. However, some of us sometimes experience more complex issues than just an occasional pimple. If your skin has been damaged by severe acne, sun exposure, or other conditions, you may feel self-conscious about your appearance. Chemical peels can help.
Chemical peels are non-invasive cosmetic procedures that improve the appearance of skin not just on the face, but also the neck, legs, arms, or body, with the exception of sensitive areas such as near the eyes or on the genitals. By exfoliating the uppermost layers of skin, a chemical peel can reduce the appearance of skin abnormalities, revealing the smooth, healthy skin below. Chemical peels can also promote collagen production.
Avoid sun exposure before treatment. Sunburned skin cannot be treated.
If you have a history of perioral herpes, advise office so you may begin prophylactic antiviral therapy the day before treatment.
Schedule this treatment at a time when minor swelling or peeling will not disrupt your social obligations.
3 Days Before Treatment:
Do not bleach, wax, tweeze or use depilatory creams in the treatment area.
Discontinue use of retinoid (Retin A, Tazorac, Differin, etc.) and Hydroquinone products.
Discontinue use of 10% or higher Alpha Hydroxyl Acids, Glycolic Acids, and exfoliants.
Day of Treatment Instructions:
Do not apply lotions, creams, makeup or deodorant in the area to be treated.
Arrive with clean washed skin.
Inform provider of any changes in medical history and of all medications you are taking.
Post- Treatment Instructions:
Redness might be present (and last up to several hours) after the peel.
Use Tylenol only as needed for any soreness.
Swelling might occur after treatment for 3-5 days.
Peeling will start 3-5 days after the peel. Do not pick or scratch treated skin but instead keep moisturized.
Eat fresh pineapple to optimize healing.
Avoid strenuous exercise or sweating for 24 hours.
Treat skin gently washing with a gentle cleanser, cool water, using hands only and pat dry no earlier than.
4 hours After Chemical Peel:
May use cool compress after 4 hours if excessive discomfort, burning, redness, or swelling.
Follow post peel instruction sheet with products if included in the peel.
Avoid sun exposure if possible and use a minimum of SPF 30 daily and every 2 hours if outdoors.
Please note: Everyone is different and your results and recovery time may vary from person to person. If you have any questions or concerns following your treatment, please let us know.
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