Chemical Peels are done by our Master Medical Esthetician Nikki Robbins, in Bellevue, for patients to reduce the appearance of hyperpigmentation, fine lines and other signs of sun-damage and aging.
The skin is the largest organ in our body. It is made up of millions of cells that protect us from the environment and regulate our body temperature. Every day thousands of cells die, flake off and are replaced by new cells from beneath the skin. As we age, this process begins to slow down and our skin may become dull.
Chemical Peels for Skin Rejuvenation
Chemical Peels have been used for over 100 years to create an even and controlled shedding of damaged skin cells. Each year thousands of chemical peels are performed in the United States. A chemical peel uses a solution applied to the skin to remove dead skin cells and stimulate the production of new skin cells. Chemical peels are used to tighten skin, reduce wrinkling and restore a more youthful appearance.
During your consultation with our physiian or Master Medical Esthetician you will want to explain the level of skin improvement you hope to achieve. Your physican will then review your medical history and examine your skin type and pigmentation to determine if you are a good candidate for a chemical peel. Together you can evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of the different types of chemical peels, discuss your options, your expectations and determine the best treatment for you.
Don’t forget to mention any history of herpes/cold sore infections, sensitivity to the sun, or prior skin treatments such as dermabrasion or Accutane treatments within the past 6 months.
What skin conditions can chemical peels improve?
Chemical peels can effectively improve a wide variety of skin conditions including:
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Uneven pigmentation
- Shallow acne scars
- Sun-damaged skin
- Age spots
A chemical peel is not a substitute for a facelift. It cannot eliminate excessive or lax skin. But, in many cases a chemical peel is performed in conjunction with these procedures.
What is a chemical peel treatment like?
Unlike laser peels, chemical peels can be performed on the face, neck, chest, hands and even the arms and legs.
Most chemical peels are performed as outpatient procedures in the doctor’s office or surgical suite. Depending on your skin type and the desired results, your physician may recommend a superficial, medium, or deep chemical peel. Master Medical Esthetician will select the proper chemical or mix of chemicals and apply the solution to various areas of skin. Once applied, the chemical produces a separation and peeling of the outer layers of the skin. This stimulates the production of new healthy skin from beneath.
What should you expect after a chemical peel treatment?
After our Master Medical Esthetician performs a chemical peel, reactions are similar to a sunburn and range from mild to more pronounced. Generally, the deeper the peel, the longer the recovery.
Following any skin peel, it is important that you avoid any exposure to the sun. Your new skin is very sensitive and susceptible to injury. Always apply a wide spectrum (UVA/ UVB) sunblock of at least SPF 30+ twenty minutes before you go outside. Your provider will prescribe a proper home skin-care treatment program to ensure proper healing.