So your BFF has convinced you to get your first chemical peel. What now? It’s time to consult with your aesthetician, and we’ve got five important questions to help you arrive at your consultation prepared to learn everything you need to know and get the most out of your procedure (and your skin!).
- Is this the right time for a chemical peel?
Chemical peels can be administered any time of the year, though they’re popular in the fall and winter, because of how they can help reduce signs of sun damage accumulated during the summer months.
In terms of patient age, at Robinson Facial Plastic Surgery, we typically recommend patients begin getting chemical peels in their later 20s, depending on the issues they’re trying to target. If you’re unsure about whether or not you’re ready to start incorporating chemical peels into your routine skincare, schedule a consultation to learn more about these procedures and what they can do for you!
- How will a chemical peel make my skin feel?
Chemical peels are an exfoliating process, designed to remove the outermost layers of your skin and stimulate the production of collagen and elastin in the fresh skin underneath. Over time, this helps to maintain a balanced skin tone and texture; reduce signs of aging like fine lines, wrinkles, and dark spots; and reduce blemishes such as scarring and hyperpigmentation.
On the day of your chemical peel, you may experience some redness or dryness, but your skin will feel smooth to the touch, and already begin appearing smoother, too! During your consultation, make sure you discuss your specific goals to ensure that your aesthetician can create a personalized peel just for you––and use that information to adequately prepare you for the experience from start to finish.
- What is the recovery time frame?
Depending on your needs and goals for your skin, chemical peels can be administered in varying degrees of intensity. The common, more superficial peels require no downtime, and allow you to immediately return to your daily activities––as long as you’re wearing sunscreen!
Patients that receive peels treating deeper layers of skin may experience more pronounced redness and some tenderness to the touch, as well as potential peeling or flakiness, that can last up to 7 days. During this time, wearing SPF is more critical than ever, and your aesthetician may recommend reducing certain activities like working out or strenuous chores, to prevent exposure to potential irritants and infections. Talk to your provider about your daily routine, and make sure all of your activities are cleared for your best recovery possible!
- What is the necessary aftercare for a chemical peel?
Continuing to wear daily sunscreen (and reapply as necessary throughout the day) as well as protecting your fresh skin with antioxidants like Vitamin D are often the only necessary care steps after a chemical peel.
- When can I come back for another!?
Depending on your overall beauty goals and plans to achieve them, chemical peels can typically be incorporated into your skincare routine monthly!
If you’re ready to schedule your consultation to learn more about what a chemical peel can do for you, contact us on our website or by calling us at (770) 667-3090.