FAQ’s About Chemical Peels
At Savannah River Dermatology, we use PCA Skin professional treatments for all of our chemical peels. Chemical peels are safe for all skin types, and our staff is trained to identify what treatment combination is safe for each person’s skin in order for patients to reap the greatest benefits. We know many patients may be interested in getting a chemical peel, but don’t quite understand the process or benefits chemical peels can offer. Here are some answers to common questions.
What is a chemical peel?
Professionally applied peel solutions exfoliate dead skin cells and help healthy skin cells rise to the surface. These treatments allow deeper layers of fresh and untouched skin to be revealed. The result of monthly treatments can even skin tone, clear acne, improve the appearance of aging skin and make dull complexions glow.
What preparations are needed prior to getting a chemical peel?
An initial screening appointment is typically required prior to scheduling a chemical peel. After considering your specific skin type, your dermatologist will recommend a peel that meets your needs and give you instructions on specific measures you should take to prepare your skin for your peel prior to your appointment.
What happens during a chemical peel?
At your appointment, your dermatologist will apply the peel quickly and evenly. Your dermatologist will watch your skin carefully to remove the peel at just the right time. After the peel comes off, your skin will be treated as needed by your dermatologist. Post-procedure care will vary depending on the depth and type of peel.
What can I expect after a chemical peel?
- Healing time will vary but can take between a few days to 3 weeks depending on the level of the peel.
- At home care can include applying protective creams until skin heals as well as sunscreen, soaking skin, or even taking antiviral medication.
- A follow-up appointment may be required in the weeks following your peel.
What are the possible side effects?
- Persistent redness
- Temporary darkening
- Lighter skin color
If serious side effects occur, it is often because the patient did not follow the dermatologist’s instructions. Your risk for developing an infection or scarring increase dramatically if you:
- Fail to protect your skin from the sun
- Fail to follow after-care instructions
- Scratch or pick at treated skin
- Apply makeup before skin has healed
- Don’t heed your dermatologist’s advice regarding sun protection and tanning
If you have other questions regarding chemical peels or would like to know if a chemical peel might be right for you, call our office to make an appointment at 706-691-7079. Savannah River Dermatology is located at 575 Furys Ferry Rd.