Chemexfoliation? Medical grade chemical peels, also known as chemexfoliation or derma-peeling, are a technique used to remove the top layers of the skin, creating a healthier, refreshing looking appearance. In this treatment, a chemical solution is applied to the skin, which causes it to flake and eventually peel off. The new, regenerated skin is usually smoother and less wrinkled than the old skin. The new skin also is temporarily more sensitive to the sun. Cosmos Medspa utilizes a variety of chemical peels for different skin types and conditions. Cosmos Medspa will vary depending on the chemical peel, condition of the skin and skin type.
What Conditions Does a Chemical Peel Treat?
Chemical peels are performed on the face, neck, or hands. They can be used to:
- Reduce fine lines under the eyes and around the mouth
- Treat wrinkles caused by sun damage, aging, and family history
- Improve the appearance of mild scarring
- Treat certain types of acne
- Reduce age spots, freckles, & dark patches due to pregnancy or birth control pills (melasma)
- Improve the look and feel of skin that is dull in texture and color
- Areas of sun damage, which may contain pre-cancerous keratoses that appear as scaly spots, may improve after chemical peeling. Following treatment, new pre-cancerous lesions are less likely to appear. However, sags, bulges, and more severe wrinkles do not respond well to chemical peels. They may require other kinds of procedures, such as laser skin resurfacing, Botox or a filler such as Restylane. Cosmos Medspa can help determine the most appropriate type of treatment for each individual case.
Preparing for a Chemical Peel
Prior to the chemical peel, Cosmos Medspa may ask you to stop taking certain drugs and prepare your skin with topical preconditioning medications such as Retin-A, Renova, or glycolic acid. After the chemical peel, it’s important to use a broad-spectrum sunscreen every day. Cosmos Medspa can recommend to ideal PCA product for this purpose. If you have been prescribed oral antibiotics or an oral antiviral medicine, you should begin taking those as directed. Typically, the oral antibiotics are prescribed depending on the depth of the chemical peel.
What to Expect During a Chemical Peel
During a chemical peel, most patients experience a burning sensation that lasts about five to ten minutes, followed by a stinging sensation. Cool compresses may be applied to help alleviate this stinging.
What to Expect after the Chemical Peel
Depending upon the type of chemical peel, a reaction similar to sunburn occurs following the procedure. Peeling usually involves redness, followed by scaling that ends within three to seven days. Mild peels may be repeated at one to four-week intervals until the desired clinical effect is achieved. You will work with Cosmos Medspa to determine the depth of your peel. This joint decision can vary, depending upon the condition of your skin and the objectives of treatment. Prior to treatment, it is important to inform Cosmos of any past history of keloids (scar tissue overgrowth created at the site of a skin injury) or unusual scarring tendencies, as well as any history of X-rays treatments to the face or recurring cold sores.
Make sure you are off any Retinol or Retin-A for 3-5 days prior to treatment and are not currently pregnant, nursing or on any antibiotics 10 days prior to treatment. Please do not stop any medications without consulting with your Doctor first.