If facial imperfections make you avoid pictures, chemical peels at our office in Folsom, CA may be the solution. Chemical peels exfoliate the skin with special solutions and remove the old layers of skin. The treatment can be used to address skin discolorations, scars, fine lines, damage from the sun, and dry skin.
Three basic kinds of chemical peels are available: light, medium, and deep, which indicates the number of layers they remove. However, it takes careful planning to ensure a good outcome. Here are some dos and don’ts to keep in mind to get the best results from chemical peels.
Don’t Try At Home
Home peels can be tempting, but they are not advised. At-home kits vary in ingredients and strengths, so what works well for one person may not suit you. You could cause irreversible damage to your skin with hyperpigmentation or permanent scarring without experience. It is a good reason to seek a professional who evaluates your skin and determines the kind of chemical peel you need.
Do Find Out If You are a Candidate
You may not be a candidate if you have irregular skin pigmentation, keloids (raised scars), or you have a history of cold sores. A history of liver disease, heart disease, and kidney disease may disqualify you from a deep chemical peel. Good candidates are in good overall health and have realistic expectations regarding the treatment and the results.
Plan to quit smoking in the weeks before the treatment because it decreases oxygen in the skin that is needed for proper healing. It also stops the skin from making collagen. Quitting smoking is the best option to reduce the risk of premature aging, which prevents you from needing other treatments.
Do Be Easy On the Skin
Since a chemical peel removes the top layer, the skin will be sensitive. Protect the skin from the sun in the weeks after the treatment with the right sunscreen and avoid direct sunlight when possible. Not using sunscreen could cause blotchiness and other issues.
You may be able to reclaim your appearance as well as confidence with chemical peels at Nuance Cosmetic Surgery in Folsom, CA. Our mission is to help you and all of our clients in the Sacramento, CA and surrounding areas look and feel better. Contact us today to schedule an appointment. We look forward to speaking with you!