Do Something for Yourself at Lunchtime
A great deal can be accomplished during a lunch break. Some people head to a mall to do a little shopping or a gym for some exercise and some even go out to eat. Some people redeem the time with a rejuvenating lunchtime peel at ReDerm MD. A lunchtime peel will:
- Remove dead skin
- Stimulate new cell growth
- Help you look younger
A full peel occurs over six to eight sessions, each lasting approximately 15-20 minutes. By the time the series of sessions is complete, your old, dead skin is completely replaced with fresh, soft, clean skin, minus many of the wrinkles and blemishes that were there when you first walked into the reception room.
Prior to treatment, you may be prescribed a regimen of skin cleanser such as Retin-A, Renova, or glycolic acid to prepare the skin for the peel. You may need to stop taking certain medications. Smoking is always out of the question prior to cosmetic skin treatment.
How a peel works
A peel stimulates the skin to renew itself. A slightly caustic solution is applied to the skin, which causes a burn like a sunburn. With a mild peel, it’s a mild burn which removes the surface layer of skin cells. These are dead anyway, having finished their life cycle and risen to the surface to be sloughed off. Without the peel, they might linger on the surface, giving your skin a rough look and feel. The mild peel removes them thoroughly, to reveal fresh, smooth skin underneath.
A stronger peel causes a stronger burn, making the skin pink or red, and even blistered with the strongest peels. Stronger peels remove skin cells deeper into the skin layers, and stimulate the skin to replace them with fresh new cells. This helps remove surface defects like discoloration, shallow scars, and small wrinkles. This new layer is more sensitive to the sun, so be sure to wear sunblock and a hat.
The milder peels make excellent lunchtime cosmetic procedures, as you can apply a little make-up and go back to work. The strongest ones require some recovery time while the skin flakes off as in a sunburn, and the redness fades.
Peels of Different Strengths
1. Alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) peels
- Reduce fine facial wrinkles
- Aid in acne control
- Smooth rough, dry skin
- Lessen uneven pigmentation
Beta hydroxy acid (BHA) peels treat the same symptoms, but seem to be less austic than AHA. In some cases, BHA may treat acne better than AHA by penetrating more deeply into the pores of the skin.
2. Trichloroacetic acid peels
TCA is more potent than either AHA or BHA and is used to treat more difficult skin conditions, including:
- Skin pigmentation problems
- Superficial blemishes
It is preferred over phenol for dark skinned patients
3. Phenol peel
This is the strongest peel available, meaning that it works more deeply in the skin. It is sometimes done with anesthesia, and therefore may not be considered a lunchtime peel because of the increased depth of treatment. The phenol peel is used to correct:
- Blotches due to overexposure to the sun
- Age spots
- Deep wrinkles
During your lunchtime peel, you typically require no anesthesia. While there may be some initial discomfort during the procedure, it usually abates quickly. Pain similar to that of a sunburn may persist.
Cold compresses may be applied after the procedure, depending on how much skin is treated and how deeply the peel penetrates. After the peel, use a sunblock to protect the fragile new skin layer, and if possible stay out of the sun altogether.
Deep wrinkles, sagging, and bags under the eyes may not be treatable with a chemical peel. Other procedures, such as Botox® injections, collagen injections, laser resurfacing, or even a facelift may be required to obtain your desired appearance.
Research is always ongoing with cosmetic surgery and cosmetic non-surgical procedures. New products and technology are continually being developed so that, regardless of what skin type you have or what age you are, there are effective treatments to help you regain your youthful appearance. The ReDerm MD Medical Spa is a good example of a place to learn about and receive the best tested new techniques.