Chemical peels are an effective cosmetic treatment that improves the look of your skin. Chemical peels remove damaged skin cells which reveals the new and fresh skin underneath. There are a variety of different types of chemical peels, including light, medium, and deep. But, before you get your first treatment you may wonder, do chemical peels hurt? Below you will find helpful information about chemical peels and why they are right for you.
Do Chemical Peels Hurt?
There are three different types of chemical peels: light, medium, and deep. The type of chemical peel you get depends on your unique skincare needs. The amount of pain you’ll experience depends on the type of peel. Light peels cause some stinging, but you won’t experience any pain. Medium peels cause stinging and burning for about 20 minutes, but it should subside after the treatment.
Deep peels are more invasive than light and medium peels. You’ll feel some burning and tingling and a cold compress if often used to reduce any discomfort you may experience. You’ll likely need pain medication after a deep chemical peel. While chemical peels aren’t extremely painful, deep chemical peels can cause some discomfort. However, this can be easily addressed with over-the-counter pain medication as you heal.
Benefits of a Chemical Peels
Chemical peels can dramatically improve the appearance of your skin. The treatment can be done on your face, neck, and hands. Consider the following benefits if you are unhappy with the look of your skin.
- Reduces hyperpigmentation
- Improves the effects of sun damage
- Reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
- Improves the appearance of mild scars (including acne scars)
- Enhances the natural tone and texture of your skin
- Treats certain types of acne
If you experience any of these skin issues, a chemical peel in Bakersfield may be right for you. Good candidates for the procedure include those in good health and who have realistic expectations for the treatment. Chemical peels are not effective for those with severe wrinkles and skin sagging. These issues may require more invasive procedures to address the issues, including a facelift, brow lift, or eyelid lift. This can all be discussed at your consultation with a skilled skin specialist.
Chemical Peel Procedure
Once it has been determined that you are a good candidate for the procedure, a personalized treatment plan will be created based on your skincare needs. The treatment plan will be created based on a skin assessment that will address your unique skin concerns.
The treatment involves a thorough cleaning of your skin to ensure you get the most out of your chemical peels. The chemical solution is then applied to your skin and left for a certain period of time. This completely depends on the type of peel you get. You may experience some burning followed by a tingling sensation, but this is completely normal. After a period of time, we remove the solution. A cold compress can be applied to your skin to help reduce any symptoms you experience after the treatment. The skincare specialist will provide you with instructions on how to care for your skin during your recovery process and after.
The Recovery Process
The recovery process proves slightly different depending on the type of chemical peel you receive. You will experience a reaction similar to a sunburn. The deeper the peel the more impacted your skin will feel. Skin peeling and redness can last from a few days to a week for light and medium peels, and up to months for deeper peels. To maintain your results, regular treatments at Bakersfield Med Spa are necessary. Talk with your skincare specialist about when and how often you should receive treatment to ensure your results last.