Chemical peels can be nerve-wracking for many people, especially if the treatment does not behave as expected. But, if your chemical peel doesn’t begin peeling, it is not a cause for worry. Healing after a chemical peel can vary from person to person, which does not mean the treatment won’t be effective. Certain factors can also affect the healing process of a chemical peel.
Using products like Vitamin C serums, retinol, or your at-home chemical peel treatments can cause the peel not to peel as much as expected. Regular facials or exfoliating products can also reduce the peeling aspect of a chemical peel. Depending on the type of formula and acid used, some patients’ skin may not react as dramatically to the peel as others.
Regardless of why your skin doesn’t peel, it doesn’t mean the treatment isn’t working. The outer layers of the skin may not react, but the deeper tissue is still affected and will produce the desired results. Always allow the treatment adequate time to work before expecting the results, as chemical peels take seven days to two weeks to see results.
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Chemical peels are a professional exfoliation treatment that uses specific acidic substances to strip dead and damaged skin away. It does this by causing peeling over the course of a few days. They are a great all-around skin treatment and some have anti-aging properties as well. Patients often ask, “How often should I get a chemical peel?”
In general, master estheticians recommend waiting at least four to six weeks between chemical peels. This allows the skin to recover and fully heal before creating controlled damage again. Even for light peels, it is best not to have them too often to prevent added irritation or damage.
Some patients may also choose to alternate chemical peels with another procedure such as microneedling. In this case, patients will only undergo a chemical peel roughly every eight to twelve weeks. Ultimately, the duration of time between chemical peels depends on the patient’s skin and their goals.
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With fall upon us, it is a great time to undergo skincare procedures that may not be recommended during the summer months. A great example of this is chemical peels which cause the skin to peel and become more sensitive. Chemical peels are a great exfoliant and can be performed year round, but they do require more caution during the summer months. Let’s look at the question, “Why is fall the best time to get a chemical peel?”
Since the sun is out more and stronger during the summer, this puts your chemical peel treated skin at risk of damage or further irritation. The skin is especially sensitive to the sun following a chemical peel. Now, of course, UV rays and sunlight do still get through during the fall and winter, but it is much weaker, less frequent, and easier to protect your skin from than the summer sun.
Wearing sunscreen whenever you go outside is often enough to protect yourself from the sun during the fall and winter. In the days following your chemical peel, you may consider also wearing a hat, but overall, your skin is much less likely to be damaged by the sun after a chemical peel during the fall and winter months.
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Chemical peels treat a variety of skin concerns. From aging to hyperpigmentation, the right chemical peel can improve both the look, health, and quality of your skin. Therefore, a frequent question our master estheticians hear has to do with the best skin peel for a patient’s specific concerns. Let’s look at one variety of this question, “What are the best chemical peels for acne scars?”
Often acne scars, especially if years old, require a medium strength peel to see noticeable improvement. A salicylic acid peel is a great option that is commonly used and overall safe for the skin. It can help reduce the appearance of ice pick acne scars. Hypertrophic acne scars are harder to treat with chemical peels.
A VI Peel is another amazing option for treating acne prone skin and acne scars. It is a medium strength peel that uses a mixture of acids to help reduce breakouts and the appearance of acne scars. This is often recommended as the gold standard when it comes to chemical peels for acne scars. Your master esthetician may also recommend adding microneedling or another treatment to improve results.
To learn more and schedule a free consultation with a master esthetician, call us at 425-775-3561. You can also reach out online via chat, contact form, or Price Simulator.
The zombie carbon laser peel is The Gallery of Cosmetic Surgery’s take on a traditional carbon laser peel. Combining soothing carbon lotion with laser technology, the treatment is fairly comfortable and rejuvenates the skin without creating major damage. Since it is referred to as a “peel”, many first time patients ask, “Does the zombie carbon laser peel cause peeling?”
Generally, the answer is no. Unlike a traditional chemical peel that contains various ingredients designed to resurface the skin such as lactic acid, carbon lotion is not formulated to do this. It provides a dark colored surface for the laser to target which controls the amount of laser energy that reaches the skin. This leads to a treatment that both rejuvenates and soothes the skin.
With that said, some patients can experience minor peeling after the procedure. While not especially common, it is usually not something to be concerned about. If patients experience peeling, they can moisturize and, after a few days, lightly exfoliate. You can also always contact your master esthetician to find out the best aftercare solution for your skin.
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The VI Peel is a high-end chemical peel designed to deliver medium depth results with only mild to moderate peeling. Peeling after a chemical peel largely depends on your skin type, if you’ve had peels before, and various other factors. Despite this, it is natural for patients to wonder, “How long do you peel with a VI Peel?”
On average, patients will begin peeling around Day Three following their VI Peel in Bellevue. They then usually peel through Day Five. This means that if you have a VI peel Wednesday, you can expect to peel through the weekend. While peeling will vary between patients, the VI Peel is known for minimal peeling post-procedure and providing full results in a week.
The VI Peel also comes with a curated kit of aftercare. This aftercare was specifically formulated to work with the VI Peel. It soothes the skin, promotes minimal skin peeling, and protects the skin as it heals after the peel. This makes the VI Peel unique and sets it apart from other chemical peels.
After a consultation with a master esthetician at The Gallery of Cosmetic Surgery, they can provide a more personalized timeline for your VI Peel aftercare. In general, the VI Peel does not cause patients to peel for more than a few days. To schedule a consultation, call us at 425-775-3561. You can also reach us online via Price Simulator™, chat, and our contact forms.
Chemical peels are an esthetic procedure that exfoliates and chemically resurfaces the skin. Skin peels come in many different varieties because some will utilize different ingredients and strengths. Enzyme peels are similar to a chemical peel and applied in much the same way. But, what is the difference between enzyme peels and chemical peels?
Chemical peels use a blend of acids such as salicylic acid, glycolic acid, and lactic acid to penetrate deep into the skin and generate dead skin removal. Typically, a patient’s skin will begin to peel within a few days of treatment, exposing a fresh layer of skin beneath. When performed and used by a professional like our master estheticians, these ingredients are perfectly safe. Some patients may prefer treatment without acids, have sensitive skin, or prefer a more routine procedure.
Enzyme peels are like chemical peels in that they exfoliate the skin. The main difference is that enzyme peels use all natural ingredients such as enzymes from fruit. This is gentler on the skin and provides many of the same benefits as a traditional chemical peel. However, because it does not penetrate the skin as deeply, chemical peels provide longer lasting and better results. Enzyme peels can still be a great addition to any skincare routine.
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Planning a wedding is a stressful endeavor that can take months and years to achieve. It is a day where you want to look your best and at The Gallery of Cosmetic Surgery wants to make it easy and stress-free. Our master estheticians offer many professional pre-wedding skincare treatments.
Celebrities are known to have oxygen facials performed days before hitting the red carpet. This facial infuses oxygen onto and into the skin to provide a healthy looking glow. With no downtime and nearly no risk of side effects, you can apply makeup and continue your skincare directly after treatment.
The Glow Up Package
If you still have a while before the big day, the proprietary glow up package can rejuvenate your skin and treat concerns like acne scarring and pigmentation issues. The procedure staggers three chemical peels and three microneedling sessions over the course of a few months. This leads to your skin receiving consistent treatment and an increase in collagen production. It is best to let your skin rest for a week or two after you finish the final treatment.
Dermaplaning is one of the top procedures recommended by makeup artists because it removes peach fuzz and dead skin. This allows makeup to go on smoother. For your wedding, it is important that your makeup looks smooth and your skin glows.
Call us at 425-775-3561 or contact us online to schedule a consultation about your pre-wedding skincare routine.
When seeking out any new esthetic or cosmetic procedure, it is natural to have questions. Chemical peels are no exception. With over a million peels performed per year, their popularity continues to grow. Patients new to peels often have questions, below we have answered some of the most common ones.
Do chemical peels hurt?
Maybe. Chemical peels rarely require anesthesia (except in rare cases when performing phenol peels). Light and medium peels often make the skin feel tight during and for a short time following your peel. Your master esthetician will monitor your condition throughout the peel process. Sometimes a topical anesthetic can be applied.
Are chemical peels safe?
While the term “chemical” may raise alarms for some, the chemicals used are all skin-safe acids. Many of these acids are naturally derived or already found in the body. Glycolic acid comes from sugar and salicylic acid from willow trees. However, chemical peels should only be performed by a professional like our master estheticians in a sterile environment. At-home chemical peels can burn and permanently damage the skin.
Which skin peel do I need?
The facial peel best for you depends greatly on your skin type and conditions. For first time peel patients, our master estheticians usually recommend a light or medium peel to start. This allows them to gauge how your skin will react and build it up gradually. During a complimentary consultation, your master esthetician can determine if you are a candidate for a Bellevue chemical peel and which one will benefit you most.
To schedule a consultation at The Gallery of Cosmetic Surgery, call us at 425-775-3561 or contact us online.