Skin Peel, also known as Chemical peel, is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures, at Elite Plastic & Cosmetic Surgery Group.
22 January 2018| Last updated on 20 October 2019
Imagine what it would be like to simply peel off everything unappealing about your complexion — acne scars, injury scars, sun damage, fine lines and hyper-pigmentation or simply just bring the radiance back your skin!
Peels work by producing controlled injury to the skin, which promote growth of new skin and improved appearance. It can give your skin a healthy, "just refreshed" look, or can be tailored, taking years off of your appearance.
So, you’ve made an appointment for a Skin Peel. But now what? Many people are intimidated by skin peels. And while there really isn’t a need to be, there are a few things you need to know beforehand to ensure the best experience (and results!) possible.
The aim with Skin Peel treatment is to be as gentle enough as possible and only use peels that are as strong as necessary to tackle your complexion problems. Nothing will replace a thorough, face-to-face consultation with an experienced practitioner, where you can discuss your concerns and expectations and have a treatment plan tailored to especially address your skin needs. But it’s always good to know a few common basics.
Here we’ve prepared a summary of what you should know about Skin Peels in general:
1. Skin Peel Is Just Very Powerful Exfoliation Treatment
The name “peel” may sound somewhat frightening, but really, it’s just another word for intense exfoliation. Removing dead skin cells should be a regular part of any skin care routine.
Acids with various strengths are used in peels to dissolve dead skin cells and promote collagen production and cell turnover to reveal the new, healthy skin underneath.
Each acid has certain properties to improve skin texture, radiance, hydration, acne, hyper-pigmentation and stimulation of collagen and elastin. Many times, skin peels can actually be gentler on your skin than manual exfoliation, which can cause abrasions and irritation from physical scrubbing.
Depending on the strength and properties of a peel, optimal results can be achieved only after one treatment or a course of treatments.
2. Know your Skin Concerns
When seeking any cosmetic treatment, it is important to consider what it is that you’d want to improve? Same applies, when considering skin peels. What are the specific skin condition you want to get treated? Is it sun damage, hyper-pigmentation, melasma, dry skin, ageing skin, clogged pores, acne, uneven skin tone, the list goes on…
Skin Peels can treat a variety of issues; they can prevent skin problems from appearing but can also repair skin conditions already present! Knowing what you want to achieve, can narrow down which Peel is right for you.
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3. Never Have a Peel Treatment in the Days Leading up To an Event – Planning is Important
You might think getting a peel few days before a big event gives you more than enough time to recover. But you could be very wrong. You can leave an appointment with baby smooth skin, but then, 2 to 3 days later, your skin starts to flake!
Recovery times vary depending on the condition of your skin and the type and strength of peel used. If you have a superficial peel, you are more likely to just notice some redness or irritation for few hours. With Medium to Deep peels on the other hand, your skin may start to peel after 2-3 days and it may last anywhere between 7 to 10 days. No matter which type of peel you have, be patient, allow your skin to shed at its own pace without picking or pulling the skin.
Picking at this delicate stage can cause scar tissue to form and impact the results. Make sure you discuss any planned events, at your consultation, so your practitioner can schedule your single or course of peel treatment, so you look your best before your big event.
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4. Have Realistic Expectation of Your Skin Peel Treatment
Depending on the condition of your skin, or your skin concerns, a single peel treatment may not help you achieve the results you want. Although you may see noticeable improvement after one session, a course of treatment is by far the best way to achieve optimum results.
For instance, if you have years of sun damage to treat or a prominent scar to remove, you will definitely need more than one treatment, even if you undergo a deep peel.
If you’ve never had a peel before, or would like to treat a specific skin condition, the best thing to do is to have an initial consultation with a skincare specialist before scheduling your treatment. This way, you get to discuss your concerns, have your skin assessed and a treatment plan tailored to your needs.
The practitioner can also explain what type of recovery and results you should expect, and whether you need to prep your skin beforehand and how you should take care of your skin immediately after treatment and in long-term, to maintain your results.
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5. Sunscreen should be Your Best Friend
At Elite Plastic & Cosmetic Surgery Group, we always advocate the importance of sunscreen, no matter your age or your skin condition. During the early healing period after a skin peel, you will need to avoid sun exposure.
After the early healing period has passed, you will need to wear sunscreen EVERY DAY and limit sun exposure as much as possible. You simply can’t afford to “forget” about wearing sunscreen – not even once! As new skin is more susceptible to damage and discoloration from sunlight. Use of SPF 50 is mandatory!
Want to know more about Skin peels and whether it’s right for you? Call us on +971 4 431 2396 to schedule your complimentary consultation with our skincare specialists, we’d be happy to answer all your questions and create a tailored treatment plan to address your skin concerns.