3 Chemical Peel Questions
Chemical peels offer a safe and effective way to rejuvenate and restore the skin’s youthful appearance. Now that spring has arrived, more patients are seeking the rejuvenating benefits of chemical peels in preparation for summer. While the name “chemical peel” may sound a bit extreme for first-timers, the procedure has been around for many years and provides benefits to your skin. Here are three common questions we receive about chemical peels at Johns Creek Dermatology.
1) What conditions can a chemical peel treat?
There are many conditions that can be helped through the chemical peel process. Peels can reduce the fine lines that often form around the eyes and mouth, reduce the appearance of scars, treat wrinkles and skin discoloration, address acne, and improve the overall appearance of skin. The most common treatment area is facial skin. But in some cases, Dr. Timani may advise treating other areas of the skin for similar beneficial results.
2) How long does a peel take?
A peel is performed on an outpatient basis. Depending on the type of peel, you will have one introductory appointment to determine a course of treatment, and that will last less than one hour. Then you can expect your chemical peel procedure appointment to last between 20 and 45 minutes depending on the type of peel. There are several kinds of peels: superficial (surface) peels, medium peels, and deep peels.
3) What should I do after having a peel?
It is very important to follow your Dr. Timani’s instructions precisely after your procedure. The chemicals induce a reaction similar to an ordinary sunburn. So you will need to apply sunscreen to your skin daily, as well as moisturizer. In some cases with deep peels, you may need to reapply bandages to affected areas. Dr. Timani will also advise you if any creams or ointments might be added to your aftercare regimen. Recovery time lengthens with the deeper peels, but for all peels, you must commit to staying out of the sun for at least 10 days to two weeks.
If you have more questions or are interested in scheduling a chemical peel consultation appointment, please contact Johns Creek Dermatology today.