Westlake Village patients ask, “What are the effects of a facial chemical peel?”
Facial chemical peels are effective cosmetic procedures that often get a bad rap. While there are risks to chemical peels (just as there are any cosmetic procedure), when done by skilled professionals, the benefits far outweigh the risks. When deciding whether to undergo a facial chemical peel, it’s important to understand the impact it can have on your skin both short term and long term. At the office of Dr. Daphne J. Panagotacos, M.D., we want to help our patients understand the purpose of chemical peels before determining if they would like to schedule a peel. In the following article, we outline some of the common misconceptions about chemical peels. If you are in the Westlake Village area, we invite you to call our office and schedule a consultation, then we can help determine which cosmetic procedures will be best suited for your unique needs.
Misconception #1: Chemical peels require significant downtime
We think that this misconception stems from stories people hear or read about deep chemical peels. The truth is, extremely deep peels are rarely performed, because there are so many other options for deep skin resurfacing that do not have the side effects of very deep peels. There is a wide variety of chemical peels available, some with almost no visible side effects, while others may leave some visible side effects such as peeling, redness, or slight swelling. During your initial appointment, we can go over any side effects from your specific peel, so you know what to expect.
Misconception #2: You can do chemical peels yourself at home
A simple google search will show you that there are many superficial peels available at drug stores and other retailers. Many online sites sell “professional” level peels that seem enticing due to their low price. When chemical peels are in untrained hands they can often cause permanent damage to the skin, including scarring. Chemical peels should only be applied by experienced professionals such as the team at the office of Dr. Panagotacos.
Misconception #3: Chemical peels are a once and done solution
While patients will often notice visible improvement of symptoms after a single peel, chemical peels are designed to be done on a consistent basis to achieve optimal results. Depending on the level of damage (such as extreme sun damage), it may be necessary to have several treatments to see improvement. It’s also important to properly hydrate and protect skin from the sun with use of sunscreen after a chemical peel.
Misconception #4: Chemical peels will ruin your skin
The word “chemical” has a harsh sound to it, which makes many people feel like chemical peels are a potentially harmful treatment. Acid is another word that often has negative connotations, especially when it comes to the idea of being placed on the skin. The active ingredients in many of our most popular peels, such as glycolic acid, lactic acid, and salicylic acid are natural and safe to use when all of the possible risks are evaluated beforehand.
Misconception #5: Chemical peels are only effective for patients with specific concerns
While chemical peels can be done to address a specific issue, they are also a very effective preventative treatment to improve overall tone and texture of the skin. Mild, superficial skin peels can increase skin cell turnover, which will improve growth of healthy skin cells. Many chemical peels are also safe for use on sensitive skin, not just problematic skin.
When it comes to your skin, it’s important to take great care of it. After your chemical peel, continue to use an effective moisturizer along with proper sun protection to keep skin looking great and to minimize future damage.
At the office of Dr. Daphne Panagotacos in Westlake Village, CA, it’s one of our greatest joys to help our patients look and feel great. Chemical peels can be a terrific way to rejuvenate the skin, improving tone, texture, and elasticity. In addition to chemical peels, we offer a wide array of other cosmetic skin treatments including fillers, laser therapy, and aesthetic services. If you would like to find out if chemical peels are right for you, please call our office today at 805-379-3376 to schedule a consultation.
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