At River Region Dermatology and Laser in Montgomery, AL, we are passionate about helping our clients achieve the beautiful, glowing skin they dream of and the self-confidence that they deserve. Today, we’re taking a closer look at one of our most popular treatments, a chemical peel. If you’re interested in discovering the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about this treatment, keep reading.
How Long Does a Chemical Peel Last?
If you opt for a superficial (light) peel, you can generally expect your results to last for a month or two. If you go for a medium peel to tackle pretty serious problems, your ideal results may last for two to six months. The results of a phenol (deep) peel will last a lifetime.
Note that there are other factors besides the type of peel that you get that affect how long you can expect your results to last. Some, like the severity of your concerns, you can’t change. However, there are factors that you can influence in your favor.
What Can I Do to Ensure That My Results Last for As Long as Possible?
If you want to ensure that your desired results last for as long as possible, the most effective lifestyle habit you can make is to minimize your exposure to UV rays. You should not use any light-based indoor tanning method, like beds or lamps, and you shouldn’t sunbathe, either. When you are exposed to sunlight, you should wear a sunscreen that provides you with adequate protection from UVC rays. Also, you should consider minimizing your time outside when there’s a high UV index.
Another effective step you can take to ensure your desired results last for as long as possible is to keep your skin hydrated and moisturized. To keep your skin hydrated, you may need to drink six to eight cups of hydrating fluids daily in addition to eating water-dense foods. To keep your skin moist, use an occlusive moisturizer once or twice daily, depending on your skin type.
Am I a Good Candidate for This Treatment?
As a general rule of thumb, if you are at least 18 years of age, you can expect to be considered a good candidate for this treatment. Peels can be safe for people of all skin types and textures. However, there are a number of factors that must be assessed by a dermatologist before you can know for sure if a peel is right for you.
One factor that must be considered is your cosmetic concerns. If you are concerned about the tone and texture of your skin, there is an excellent chance that you will qualify for this treatment. A peel could also be very beneficial for you if you are frustrated by regular acne outbreaks, acne scars, sun damage, hyperpigmentation, and mild scars. Your ability to adhere to all preparation instructions will also be considered before a determination is made.
What Preparation Steps Will I Need to Take Prior to Treatment?
One of the most important preparation steps to take prior to your peel is to avoid using any means of exfoliation in the week leading up to your appointment. Your peel will do an excellent job of exfoliating your skin. Also, your skin must be hydrated when you arrive for your appointment. Read the ingredients lists on all of your topical products carefully, and don’t use anything with an ingredient that may dry out your skin.
Such cosmetics or medications should be avoided for 72 hours prior to your appointment. Also, you should make sure that you are drinking plenty of water and eating lots of fruits and vegetables. You should also limit sun exposure as much as possible during the two weeks leading up to your appointment. Furthermore, you should strongly consider not wearing makeup for a few days prior to your appointment.
How Should I Care for My Skin After My Session?
One of the most important aftercare guidelines you must follow is to wash your face with cool water. If you use hot or cold water, your skin may not appreciate the extreme temperature. It is also very important that you avoid getting too hot during the first 24 hours following your peel.
Strenuous workouts, steam rooms, and dry saunas should all be avoided for a full day after your treatment. It is also extremely important that you do not pick at your skin once it starts to peel off.
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The longevity of chemical peel results depends on the strength of the peel you get, the severity of the concerns you are correcting, and how well you care for your skin and overall health. You can generally expect your results to last for one to six months if you get a superficial or medium peel. If you think a chemical peel could benefit you, contact us now at River Region Dermatology and Laser in Montgomery, AL to schedule your initial consultation.