Chemical Peels in Vienna, VA

What is a chemical peel ?

A chemical peel is a skin treatment wherein a chemical solution is applied by a skincare specialist to the skin causing it to blister and peel, exposing a new layer and improving appearance.

What results can I expect?

Chemical peels will vary in result, depending on the area, skin type, the type of peel and what kind of result you are expecting. It is strongly recommended that you consult a qualified dermatologist, to get the best results.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are chemical peels?

There are different types of chemical peels, based on how deep the chemical soaks in and what type of chemical is used. Things that may affect the depth of a peel include the strength of the acid in the peeling agent, the number of coats that are applied, and the amount of time allowed before the acid is neutralized. Deeper peels give more dramatic results. But they also have higher risks, cause more pain, and have a longer healing time.

Which type of chemical peel is right for me?

Chemical peels vary in type and intensity, your doctor can help you decide the depth of the desired peel and what type of chemical is best for you.

This decision is based on your skin type, which areas you want peeled, what kind of results you want, how much risk you are willing to take, and other things.

A small "test spot" may be peeled to get a better idea of the results, especially for people who have darker skin.

Are there any preparations before a chemical peel?

Your dermatologist will recommend a skincare routine 2-3 weeks to ensure a more uniform peel and a faster healing period after the peel.

It may also reduce the chance of infection and other problems, especially uneven color changes in the skin.

In some cases, daily use of tretinoin (Retin-A) is also suggested. This is a medicine you apply to your skin. It is most often used to treat acne, but it may speed healing after a peel.

How is a superficial peel done?

Right before the peel, the skin is cleaned. The chemical (usually a liquid or paste) is then applied to the skin with a small brush, gauze, or cotton-tipped applicators. The chemical is left on the skin for several minutes, depending on the type of chemical used. You may feel a little burning while the chemical is on your skin.

What should i expect after a chemical peel?

While healing times will vary on the type of chemical peel you had done, proper skincare is very important and will speed up healing time, help results last longer, and prevent infection.

  • Cleaning the skin often with water or a special wash from your doctor.
  • Changing the dressing or ointment on the wound (for medium and deep peels).
  • Moisturizing the skin daily.
  • Avoiding any sun exposure until peeling has stopped and sunscreen can be used.

Are chemical peels safe?

With most chemical peels, adverse reactions are rare, but can include scarring, numbness, and infection. Following mild to medium peels, patients can expect some relatively common chemical peel side effects, such as mild irritation, redness, and peeling.

In rare cases deep peels using phenol can cause more severe problems during treatment.

As with any medical procedure, it is best to consult with a trained dermatologist who can best evaluate the best procedure based on your wants, while taking your health into account.

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