Everyone wants to have skin that is clean clear and glowing; unfortunately, the type of world that we live in, having skin like that is often quite tough. With constant exposure to pollution, the harsh rays of the sun and the application of several chemicals in the form of makeup and so called skin care products, we are always subjecting our skin to so much, that eventually the stress starts to show. However, these days, getting skin that you can fall in love with is a lot easier than most people think.
One of the easiest ways to get skin that looks healthy is to get a chemical peel – a procedure that will ‘peel’ away the top layer of the skin, revealing skin that is healthier and a lot better looking. But before you undergo this procedure, there are certain things that you will need to know, and here are some of the most commonly asked questions about chemical peels:
How is a chemical peel actually performed?
The basic methodology behind all chemical peels are the same, but certain aspects will vary based on what type of peel you are getting. In all cases, you need to get the procedure done at a certified clinic and under the aegis of a qualified doctor or practitioner. Unless you are getting a deep peel, you will not need any sedation or anaesthesia. However, for all peels, your skin will be thoroughly cleaned and then the chemical peel solution will be applied. The strength of the peel solution will be decided by the doctor or technician conducting the procedure. There could be a tingling sensation, but this is normal and will disappear in a matter of time. Once the prescribed amount of time is over, the peel will be washed off and a soothing gel will be applied.
Will the skin actually peel off?
The chemical peel solution is designed to remove the outer layers of the skin, to reveal the skin that lies underneath that is healthier and a lot more young looking. While there will be no actual peeling, you will notice your skin flaking away.
How many sessions will be needed and what will be the cost?
How many sessions you need will be dependent on the condition of your skin and this could vary from one to six sessions. The chemical peeling treatment cost will also be dependent on the number of sessions you need and what kind of peel you are getting.
How painful or uncomfortable are chemical peels?
During superficial and medium peels, there is no more discomfort than a mild tingling sensation, but for a deep peel, you might be administered a topical anaesthetic or sedation. In certain cases, the doctor might prescribe mild pain relievers to help with the possible pain and discomfort.
Are chemical peels meant only for the face?
Although deep peels are suited only for the face, a combination of mild and medium peels can be used on other parts of the body too. One of the most common uses of body chemical peels happen to be the removal of stretch marks.
How long does it take to recovery after a chemical peel?
The recovery time will be dependent on which type of peel you are getting – so for a light peel, you will need next to no time for recovery and should be able to return to a normal routine, immediately. However, for a medium peel, you might need to give your skin anywhere between three to seven days to return to normalcy. In a deep peel, it might take anywhere between seven to ten days for the new skin to appear.Make sure that you get the answers to all your questions before you sign any dotted lines for a chemical peel.