Chemical Peel Austin
A chemical peel is one of the most cost-effective ways to treat your skin for a myriad of different concerns. Chemical peels can be performed on almost any part of the body, too. Exposure to the sun and the elements, in combination with adverse living habits, contribute to the appearance of our skin.
Chemical peels are increasingly popular with those who are unhappy with their sun-damaged skin, especially the age spots or freckles, rough patches, and uneven pigmentation that comes along with being a sunbathing beauty. This treatment is a great way to get overall fresher, younger looking skin without having to break the bank or limit your social calendar.
Types of Chemical Peels
Chemical peels are classified as superficial, medium, and deep peels.
This peel is designed to help smooth coarse, dry skin, improve the texture of sun-damaged skin, and even out skin tone. The recovery is generally rapid and usually involves some minor flaking. A series of treatments is ordinarily recommended to obtain the desired result over a period of time. Typically, there is no down time and with appropriate sun protection, you can resume regular activities immediately.
Medium peels contain a stronger potency of acids. Medium peels target the epidermis and upper dermis and cause the skin to slough within 5 to 7 days. Immediately after treatment the skin has a red appearance and is occasionally accompanied by swelling. Within a day the skin may turn brown in color, and after 3 or 4 days the skin initiates the peeling process.
Deep peels produce the most dramatic results. This peel is recommended for treating wrinkles, scars, blemishes and, in some cases, precancerous skin lesions. A deep peel targets the dermis. In some cases, anesthesia is required during the procedure to reduce the warmto-hot stinging sensation. After a deep peel, the skin is red and can result in some swelling and blistering. A crust may form and the skin will darken just prior to peeling. Many layers of the skin will peel over a period of 1 to 2 weeks. An ointment may be given to keep the area moist. Temporarily, the new skin will have the color and sensation of significant sunburn which will gradually fade to your normal skin color.
What are the benefits of a chemical peel?
As mentioned above, chemical peels have the ability to enhance your appearance by reducing blotchy and uneven pigmentation, freckling, age spots, and sun-damaged skin a relatively short amount of time. Chemical peels jump start your skin’s cell turnover rate which tends to slow dramatically as we age. In using chemical peels to accelerate this natural function of our skin, we are able to bring out the glowing, smooth skin from your past!
What is the treatment like?
When we perform a chemical peel we topically apply acids that aid in the restoration and rejuvenation of the skin’s surface. They create a uniform and controlled shedding anywhere from no visible signs of shedding to several layers of the skin shedding. Depending on the nature and depth of the peel, a significant number of layers can be exfoliated allowing new growth to be exposed which creates a fresh, vibrant appearance.
How does my skin look immediately after treatment?
The skin is usually pretty tight and shiny the day of treatment. You may experience some swelling and redness with the medium and deeper peels. For those peels the shedding of skin usually starts on day 3 and can last up to two weeks. During this time you should not scrub or peel the skin but let it shed naturally so that the skin has enough time to heal completely. With the more superficial peels you may not notice actual peeling but you may notice little areas of sloughing skin.
How many treatments will I need?
The number of treatments recommended varies with the different types of peels. It is also our recommendation to continually use chemical peels throughout your lifetime in order to keep your skin properly exfoliated and your cell turnover rate at an optimal speed.
VI Peel® Precision Plus
VI Peel® Precision Plus is uniquely formatted for treating pigmentation damage in the skin. The Precision Plus is a powerful booster system targeted to treat stubborn pigmentation, including melasma. This booster is added to the VI Peel®, creating the ultimate treatment choice for dramatic results.
What are the benefits of a VI Peel® Precision Plus?
- Reduces the appearance of age spots, sun damage
- Brightens and renews even the most stubborn areas of discoloration (including melasma)
- Evens skin tone and texture
What is a treatment like?
A chemical peel application is a quick appointment usually around 30 minutes. We cleanse the area, prep it, and then apply the peel as directed by the manufacturer.
How can I expect to look immediately after a treatment?
The skin is usually pretty tight and shiny the day of treatment. You may experience some swelling and redness with the medium and deeper peels. For those peels the shedding of skin usually starts on day 3 and can last up to two weeks. During this time you should not scrub or peel the skin but let it shed naturally so that the skin has enough time to heal completely.
With the more superficial peels you may not notice actual peeling but you may notice little areas of sloughing skin.
Do chemical peels hurt?
Depending on the peel used, yes, there can be slight discomfort during the application of the peel. Most discomfort lasts a very short amount of time and can be eased by fans.
Is there a risk of scarring?
If you do not follow post care instructions not to peel the skin that starts to shed it could cause hyperpigmentation/scarring. It is imperative that you follow post care instructions given to your by your provider to guarantee there are no undesirable side effects such as scarring or discoloration.
Do I have to wear sunscreen?
A chemical peel is a form of deep exfoliation meaning that the skin afterward is very sensitive to sun and other outside forms of environmental stressors. It is always a good idea to wear SPF to protect your skin, but it is absolutely necessary after a peel treatment to guarantee the integrity of the recently treated skin.
Can I wear makeup after the treatment?
It would be best to wait to apply anything to the skin within 24 hours of the peel. If necessary we recommend mineral makeup during the healing process. It may be difficult to use makeup once the peeling process begins, and it will not help much to disguise what is occurring, but if it makes you feel better to apply some makeup during this time you can.