Patients seeking a powerful but non-surgical way to achieve a smoother, clearer complexion can often accomplish their treatment goals with a chemical peel. In Brentwood, Franklin, and the greater Nashville-area, countless people have already experienced the restorative effects of this treatment at The Aesthetic Loft under the care of Kim Engelhardt, MSN, APRN, ANP-BC.
What Is a Chemical Peel?
A chemical peel is a minimally invasive, in-office procedure used to remove the damaged and dull outer layer(s) of facial skin. People choose to get a chemical peel to treat common skin concerns such as:
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Rough or dry skin
- Certain types of scars
- Signs of sun damage
Removing the affected skin reveals a fresh, healthy layer of skin and stimulates collagen production for a rejuvenated appearance. A chemical peel can be done independently or as part of a more comprehensive treatment.
Am I a Good Candidate for a Chemical Peel?
Many male and female adults who are unhappy with the way blemishes, hyperpigmentation, and signs of aging have affected their facial skin can be great candidates for chemical peels. Clients with a darker complexion are often advised to go with a lighter chemical peel, since more intensive peels can sometimes cause skin discoloration that is more noticeable for these clients.
A chemical peel can significantly improve or eliminate fine lines and mild wrinkles, but this treatment is not meant to resolve deep facial creases or concerns about lost volume. For these concerns, ask about our many other available treatments, such as Morpheus8 or ezGEL.
Which Type of Chemical Peel Should I Choose?
There are three classifications of chemical peels: light, medium, and deep. While a light chemical peel removes the epidermis, or top layer of skin, medium and deep peels penetrate further into the next layer, the dermis.
The deeper you and your aesthetician decide to go, the more of a difference you’ll see in your results and the fewer sessions you’ll require. However, clients with superficial and/or minimal facial blemishes usually prefer a light peel on a more routine basis.
The Chemical Peel Consultation
We’ll determine the best chemical peel plan for your skincare needs during your initial office visit. Nurse practitioner Kim Engelhardt or one of our experienced aestheticians will review your medical history, current medications, skincare routine, and exact facial concerns. We can then discuss if a chemical peel is in your best interest and, if so, schedule your upcoming session(s).
How to Prepare for Your Session
In the week before a chemical peel, you’ll need to stop any at-home masks, exfoliating scrubs, makeup, and other facial skincare products. Limit sun exposure during this time, as it can cause irregular skin pigmentation in the target areas during healing. If you shave the treatment area, do it a couple of days prior to lower the risk of any unnecessary irritation.
What to Expect During a Chemical Peel
Chemical peels are completed right in our med spa and usually take about an hour. Before the treatment begins, your aesthetician will clean your face and take necessary steps to prevent your eyes and hair from coming into contact with the treatment solution.
He or she will then apply the chemical solution to your skin with a cotton-tipped applicator, cotton ball, or brush. You might feel a minor tingling sensation while the solution settles in.
After the appropriate amount of time for your needs, the solution is washed off. Depending on which peel is utilized, a neutralizing agent may also be applied at this time.
WWhat to Expect After a Chemical Peel Session
There will be some degree of redness, stinging, and flaking as the unwanted epidermal layer “peels” away. However, these symptoms will subside as the skin heals, and your complexion takes on its new glow, improved texture, and more even tone. A more detailed recovery timetable will be provided during your consultation, since it varies based on the peel used.
Until your skin is fully restored, continue to avoid direct sunlight and topical products as directed. Try not to pick, rub, or scratch the skin, so it can properly heal.
How Much Does a Chemical Peel Cost?
Light, medium, and deep chemical peels all have a different price and can be further customized depending on your desired outcome. Additionally, many clients get routine light chemical peels to keep an ongoing, smooth appearance, making an overall cost projection difficult to determine before your consultation.
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What They Say
It’s been almost 4 months and my skin has never looked so good. It truly brings me joy to show friends and family my before and after pictures. They are speechless. Thank you Kim and thank you ZO Skin. I am a customer for life!
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