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The best way to find out exactly what Chemabrasion is and how it works is through a Q&A style format. Below you will find some of the most common questions people ask about Chemabrasion or chemical peels.
All clients seeking Chemabrasion must first have a consultation. In your consultation these questions and answers are reviewed with you. You must have a good understanding of what to expect from Chemabrasion to consent to the procedure. The consultation also allows us to review your treatment plan and what results you should expect. It is also a time to evaluate your skin type and decide if you are a good candidate for Chemabrasion. You will have “test spot” done on your skin, which will be re-evaluated during your first scheduled treatment.
Below are photographs from before and after Chemabrasion/Chemical Peel treatments.
What can a chemical peel do for me?
Glycolic acid peel and Jessner’s Solution peels are excellent at changing the texture of you skin. Rough skin is softened and smoothed to a texture similar to a young child’s skin. Glycolic acid peels are also used to treat resistant acne by providing a deep exfoliation. In the peeling process, skin pigment is made more uniform by the lightening of freckles, age spots, and melanoma. Not all melasma can be treated. Fine lines are also significantly diminished as the skin heals and there is a slight tightening of the skin.
Deep chemical peels for deep wrinkles are not offered at Adult Medicine and Aesthetics.
Chemabrasion is also not recommended for persons with Rosacea or Psoriasis.
How does it work?
A chemical peel is a controlled burn. “Very light” and “light” chemical peels do not penetrate the skin deeply (to the dermis) and can also be thought of as a “refreshing peel” or similar to exfoliation. As the chemicals penetrate your skin they cause controlled damaage that your body then heals. During the heeling process you may shed or peel a layer of skin that looks similar to a sunburn peeling. The new, fresh layer of skin is softer, with less freckles, and fine lines. Acne is improved by the removal of debris that clogs pores deeper within the pore.
Areas of skin irritation (areas that have picked, cuts from shaving) will allow the peel to penetrate deeper and may cause a “medium” or “deep” peel.
What does it feel like?
Peeling gives the sensation of a stinging or burning. This session builds the longer the chemicals are on the skin. When the chemicals are neutralized there may be a slight increase in the intensity of the stinging sensation followed by a rapid cessation of all stinging and burning.
How much downtown should I expect?
Generally after a peel your skin will be pink and red for the remainder of that day. You may have prolonged redness for the next 2-7 days in certain areas or on the entire area. The skin may begin to darken and have a stiff feeling like a sunburn that is healing and about to peel. The skin will then begin to peel like a sunburn. Some individuals experience more peeling while others do not. The degree of peeling is dependent on the concentration of chemicals, the length of time that they are applied, and on your skin.
Generally, it is recommended that you get your first peel on a day when you do not have to go to work the next day. You will likely be fine the next day and without any redness but it is good to see how long your skin takes to recover.
You should not get peels before you go anywhere that you may get prolonged sun (the desert, the beach, skiing). It is very important that you protect peeled skin from the sun. If you chose to get a peel to even out skin pigment and then are exposed to the sun, all the benefits of the peel will be reversed.
What side effects can I expect?
Immediate redness is very common and a sign that a chemical peel is working. There is the possibility of a lightening, darkening or reddening of your skin that could last a few months or be permanent. This is very rare and in your consultation you will receive a test spot to see if a peel is safe for you.
In the heeling process of a peel, you may have some scabbing that looks like a brush burn, crusting or blistering. This is most common in areas that prior to the peel had any irritation. Individuals who have a tendency to pick at their skin excessively are not good candidates for a peel. Any picking at crusts, scabs or possible blisters caused by a peel can cause permanent scarring.
Sun sensitivity may be a result of a peel. It is recommended that you stay out of the sun and use sunscreen SPF 30 or higher before and after a peel It is recommended that in general, you protect your skin from the sun with sunscreen. It is also recommended that you reapply sunscreen every 2 hours with prolonged sun exposure.
What are my alternatives?
There are a few alternatives to a medically performed chemical peel. Over the counter peels are available but take longer, require months of use, and do not peel as deeply or as well. These products are good to use and are generally very safe. They may be recommended for the use after a peel to maintain your good results.
Salons and spas offer peels that are similar to over the counter peels.
Microderm abrasion is also a process that may produce results similar to a peel. This process involves either a sand or diamond in a process that essentially sandblasts or exfoliates the skin. Side effects are similar to that of a chemical peel.
Laser Genesis Skin Rejuvenation is another process that may be used to get similar effects. You may read about this process on this website.