A chemical peel is a very popular treatment in Atlanta as it helps promote growth of new skin by causing the top layers of skin to peel off using a chemical solution. Chemical peels also treat photo-aging, wrinkles, scarring, and discoloration. At Ellemes Medical Spa in Atlanta, GA, we offer multiple chemical peel options to help with a variety of skincare needs. There are various different types and names of chemical peels as not all peels are made equal, so we will discuss your skin concerns before any peel is completed to ensure the correct chemical peel is customized to your skin concerns.
Chemical Peel: What to expect
A chemical peel is a topical treatment that we apply to patient skin. What that does, is it exfoliates the outer layer of the skin to improve skin texture, tone or pigment, but then it also allows new, healthy fresh skin to rejuvenate and replace that skin that we’ve removed.
We can use chemical peels for a number of different things. Most patients come to us seeking aesthetic improvements in their skin.
They can also improve skin texture and tone and they may shrink some pore size.
For patients who struggle with acne, it can improve the acne component of their skin as well as helping soften some of the old acne scars and damage.
Once we have the patient in the procedure room, we’re going to put them on one of our procedure tables so they’ll be kind of in a seated position or a laying back position, whatever is comfortable for the patient.
We’re going to have prepped the skin, which means it’s going to be cleaned really well so there’s no makeup residue.
Once the skin is dry and ready, we’ll start with the application of the peel, and the first step in the peel is a mix of a couple different acids.
It only takes a few minutes to apply this part of the peel. We’ll apply it in sequence over the face to make sure that all areas have been treated evenly and focusing on areas of problems for some patients and making sure that we really feathered the peel around the eyelids, around the lips, around the neck, so that there aren’t any harsh transition lines and they get a nice result.
This can sting a little bit for some patients and so we often provide them with a very high-powered, cold-air fan which is very comforting and soothing to the skin when we go through this step.
After the acid layer has been applied, we will apply the retinol component and this is going to really penetrate through this nice exfoliated skin, get deep into the layers of the dermis to allow for collagen stimulation and skin rejuvenation.
Following that, we will apply the common cream and this is the anti-inflammatory component with a lot of nice botanical extracts that help with DNA damage, prevention and healing.
This is very soothing and by this point in the peel the patient should be feeling no discomfort at all.
It is generally advised to get a chemical peel every four to six weeks. However, if you suffer from acne, there are some peels that you can do every two weeks until you find the expected results. Chemical peels should only be completed under the supervision of a licensed esthetician and you should not attempt to do a chemical peel by yourself at home. Doing so may cause skin discoloration, skin rash, bumpy texture, hyperpigmentation, or burn spots on the skin after the chemical peel if not completed by a licensed professional such as an esthetician or dermatologist.
Is there any downtime?
The recovery time of a chemical peel largely depends on the strength of the peel used during the treatment. Light chemical peels do not require much down time. medium and deep chemical peels can require two to three weeks of recovery time. As long as the correct chemical peel is used, side effects from a chemical peel should be limited. That is why it is very important to find a licensed esthetician that is educated on chemical peels and how they interact with different skin tones and skin types prior to getting this service completed.
Are chemical peels good for darker or black skin?
Yes. Chemical peels are an excellent exfoliating treatment and can help get rid of hyperpigmentation, acne scars, large pores, and dark spots on darker or black skin. Most skin types and tones can benefit from regular chemical peels.
Will you always peel after a chemical peel?
No, you may not always peel during a chemical peel. Those who receive treatments on a regular basis may not see visible peeling because the layers of dead skin cells are at a healthy number. Also, the recovery time for a light peel is much less than that of a stronger chemical peel and may result in much less peeling.
What will my skin feel like after a chemical peel?
The state of your skin after a chemical peel depends on the type of chemical used and your skin type. Superficial peels have limited effects given they only impact the top layer of the skin. Medium Chemical peels go deeper into the surface of the skin which can help with deeper acne scarring, but also causes a longer recovery time. Deeper Chemical peels may require 10-14 days to recover. The results are absolutely worth the wait and the before and after photos will amaze you!