You no longer have to be unhappy with an uneven skin tone or texture. We know you want to look your best, and we have the right solution for you. Consider a SkinCeuticals chemical peel!
At Musick Dermatology, we’re experts when it comes to skincare. Led by our medical director and board certified dermatologist Steven Musick, MD, we understand how frustrating less-than-perfect skin can be. You can count on our skincare team to customize treatments designed especially for you, including a post-treatment regimen.
You will have the luxury of discussing all of your concerns with our experienced clinical/aesthetic team, and your treatments will be performed at a time most convenient to you.
"I had a chemical peel and love the results. It was a relaxing and stress free experience. The office is beautiful and the staff is super friendly. Kate checked me in and was professional and helpful."
What Can A Chemical Peel Treat?
A chemical peel can be used to improve your skin’s tone and texture. Various peels are available depending on the condition and age of the skin and the desired results.
Peels can be effective to treat skin with:
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Sun damage and sun spots
- Acne and acne scars
- Uneven skin tone
- Uneven skin texture
- And helps to support the general well-being of the complexion.
Are there different types of Chemical Peels?
Yes. Chemical peels differ by ingredients. Various peels may also contain higher ratios of active ingredients to increase their strength and effectiveness. Treatments are designed to achieve the results that each patient desires within their realm of both expectations and preferred downtime. The fact that there are different types of chemical peels is one of the advantageous aspects of this treatment. It allows us to provide each patient with the personalized care their skin needs.
Are Chemical Peels Painful?
A chemical peel may be painless or mildly uncomfortable. The sensations that a patient feels during their peel are dependent on their individual pain tolerance and the type of peel the select. Light, superficial peels can take more treatments to achieve the same result as a medium peel. However, the discomfort and side effects are so mild that the patient may go right back to their normal activities with nothing more than a rosy glow. Generally speaking, the deeper the peel, the more stinging, burning, or itching may occur. For these treatments, providers may apply a numbing medication or utilize a small fan to soothe the skin and minimize discomfort.
Who is a candidate for Chemical Peels?
Because chemical peels can be customized to some degree, they may be appropriate for many people. Light peels are by far the most versatile and may be performed on a wider range of skin tones and types. Beyond that, stronger chemical peels may be best suited for adults with lighter skin tone and less sensitivities to breakouts and scarring.
If you would like to experience the benefits of a chemical peel, it is wise to consult with an experienced provider. At Musick Dermatology in Swansea, our dedicated and caring team is pleased to discuss your skin concerns and appropriate treatment options.
What Should I Expect During A Chemical Peel Consultation?
Initially, you’ll see one of our expert providers for your complimentary consultation. Together, we will determine if you are a candidate for a chemical peel and go over your desired goals and course of treatment.
You may be able to receive your chemical peel on the same day as your consult and return to your normal activities right away.
Do I need to prepare for my Chemical Peels?
Once a pre-treatment exam has been performed and the appropriate chemical peel has been scheduled, some patients may be advised to take a few precautions. Every situation is unique. The following are examples of pre-treatment suggestions:
- Avoid smoking
- Avoid sun exposure (wear SPF 30 sunscreen daily) and tanning of any kind
- Avoid certain skin treatments
- Do not wax the skin in the treatment area for at least one week
- Do not apply chemical hair remover to the treatment area for at least one week
- Do not schedule a chemical peel within one week of getting Botox
- Some medications may need to be stopped or switched to avoid interaction with the acids in a chemical peel
How long do Chemical Peels last?
The results of a chemical peel can last months or years depending on the strength of the treatment. On average, the effects of a light peel can last a month or two. A medium peel may achieve results that last anywhere from 3 to 6 months. Deep peels, because they absorb into the deep layers of the skin and cause significant peeling, may last a few years.
How Many Chemical Peels Will I Need To Get Results?
You’ll work with your Musick Dermatology provider to determine if you’ll achieve your desired results with one treatment or in a series, depending on your skin needs.
Are there any side effects after Chemical Peels?
A chemical peel may cause mild to moderate side effects, depending on its strength. Some of the side effects that can occur include:
- Redness. The deeper the peel, the more redness may occur. This side effect may fade within hours or days, or it may linger for months after a strong peel.
- Changes in skin color. There is a risk of both hyperpigmentation, darkening of the skin, and hypopigmentation, lightening of the skin, after a chemical peel.
- Light sensitivity. Chemical peels can temporarily increase a person’s sensitivity to sunlight, making them more susceptible to sunburn. It is important to make SPF 30 sunscreen a daily habit after chemical peel treatment.
- Flaking and peeling. Medium peels and some light peels may result in temporary flaking and peeling. These side effects indicate that the upper layer of skin cells is sloughing off and healthy new cells are coming to the surface.
- Crusting. Medium to strong chemical peels could cause temporary crusting as the old layer of skin cells is exfoliated. Crusts will fall off naturally and should not be picked or rubbed.
- Infection and scarring are risks associated with deeper peels. Even in those situations, these risks are minimal and are often managed preemptively with appropriate medication and technique.
Are Chemical Peels Covered By Insurance?
No, chemical peels are not covered by insurance. However, we do offer patient financing options. Be sure to ask our team about those options when you call for your appointment or meet with our provider.