There are a variety of facial rejuvenation procedures available to help turn back the clock on aging skin, but have you ever considered a chemical peel? You might be surprised to learn that this can be one of the most effective options for dealing with certain types of wrinkles as well as other signs of aging.
Dr. Lori Scott and the rest of our team here at her Kinston, North Carolina practice, want to help you look as good on the outside as you feel on the inside, and a chemical peel can go a long way toward giving you back your youthful glow.
How chemical peels help aging skin
A chemical peel is a very controlled way to damage the outer layer of skin so that it peels away, revealing the smoother, firmer, and younger skin below. The chemical solution used in the treatment is customized to fit your specific needs, and there are different versions and strengths of chemical peels that target specific issues.
In general, chemical peels can help remove the outer layer of skin that can be plagued by
- Age spots
- Sun damage
- Wrinkles and fine lines
After the procedure, the newer skin shows fewer or no signs of these same issues, depending on their intensity and the type of peel used.
Before and after your chemical peel
Unlike some other procedures which require almost no preparation, getting a chemical peel does mean you need to prepare in certain ways. Part of this is because the procedure creates deeper, more intense effects than some milder facial rejuvenation procedures, so it’s important to protect your skin.
- Make sure you talk to us about the procedure beforehand
- Do not take any blood clotting or anti-inflammatory medications for 10 days before the procedure
- Avoid medications like RenovaⓇ, Retin-AⓇ, and glycolic acid before your peel
- Arrange for someone to drive you home afterwards
Following the procedure, you need to wear sunscreen to protect your recently treated skin, and be prepared to experience redness and possible swelling for a few days afterward. The procedure itself creates deeper, more obvious effects than some other aesthetic options, which is why we remind patients to expect some downtime after your peel.
What to expect from your chemical peel
The procedure itself usually doesn’t last long, and most people experience only a mild burning sensation that lasts no more than 10 minutes. We use cooling compresses and other methods to keep you comfortable.
We recommend that you wait two weeks or more between peels (we can discuss specifics with you) in order to allow your skin to heal. With regular maintenance you see long-term, impressive results that allow you to turn back the clock on the signs of aging skin.
Want to learn more about chemical peels?
Are you ready to schedule your consultation with Dr. Scott so she can determine if you’re a good candidate for a chemical peel? Call our office in Kinston, North Carolina, at 252-238-7079 or you can book an appointment online at your leisure. We look forward to meeting you and helping you feel younger, fresher, and more vibrant.