The human skin is the largest organ in the human body and is exposed to the greatest number of elements. UV sun damage, neglect, and the natural aging process all take their toll on the skin. As we grow older, prior neglect or damage to the skin begins to appear in a variety of ways – pigmented lesions, vascular lesions, wrinkles, uneven skin tone etc. Many of these underlying conditions can either be corrected or deferred through the use of medical grade chemical peels.
Our chemical peels are designed for light surface penetration. They help visibly soften fine lines and wrinkles, improve skin tone and texture, reduce symptoms of oiliness and diminish the appearance of blemishes. They are even safe enough to combine with our other procedures, such as microdermabrasion and laser phototherapy.
The procedure is basically an intensive exfoliation. It rids your face of dry, damaged surface cells to reveal a youthful and more radiant complexion. The process stimulates cell renewal, collagen synthesis and improves elasticity. It’s safe, non-invasive and requires little to no downtime. Simply relax with the peel on your face and return to regular activities when it’s over.
About Side Effects
Side effects of chemical peels are extremely rare but do include burning, headaches, nausea, dizziness, scarring and infection. Less severe side effects may include temporary “hot spots” or crusting. Light to moderate chemical peels are quite safe, but you don’t want to combine them with harsh skincare products or certain treatments. You should not have a chemical peel if you have used Accutane® within the last 3 months . Or if you used any retinoic products within the last week. As well as if you have undergone plastic surgery within the last 3-6 months. Avoid chemical peels if you are pregnant or lactating, if you have any open wounds, cuts, abrasions, or a Herpes outbreak. Testing for allergies recommended prior to the facial peel.
What to Expect
You may feel a slight stinging or burning sensation during the first three to five minutes of the 30 minute session. Otherwise however, the procedure is fairly comfortable. You’ll want to avoid excessive heat and sun exposure for two days following the procedure. We recommend sun block with transparent zinc oxide. Your skin may be sensitive, slightly red, and perhaps even flaky for up to five days as your old skin continues to slough away and new skin emerges. However the good news is that your skin will likely feel tighter, smoother and softer than usual.
At MGR’s FeelNu Medical Spa and Wellness Center in Pittsburgh we will be happy to answer any questions about the Chemical Peel procedures and will provide you with full guidance on what to expect before, during, and after your treatment.