What Is a Chemical Peel?
A chemical peel is a cosmetic procedure in which an acid solution is applied to the skin to remove the topmost layers, thus promoting the growth of new skin cells. In addition, the process stimulates the skin’s natural exfoliation process to improve its appearance.
Chemical peels have been used for centuries to improve the appearance of the skin. The ancient Egyptians used sour milk to exfoliate their skin, and in the 19th century, chemists developed various chemical solutions for skin peels. Over the years, chemical peels have become a popular cosmetic treatment for various skin issues, including acne, fine lines, wrinkles, and hyperpigmentation.
The primary purpose of chemical peel is to improve the appearance of the skin by removing damaged or dead skin cells and promoting the growth of new, healthy skin cells. Chemical peels can help to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, improve the texture and tone of the skin, reduce the appearance of hyperpigmentation, and treat acne. Chemical peels can also be used to improve the overall appearance and health of the skin, leaving it looking brighter, smoother, and more youthful.
What Type of Peel do we Provide?
We provide the IV (Intravenous) Peel. A type of chemical peel that involves administering a solution of various vitamins and antioxidants directly into the bloodstream through an intravenous (IV) infusion. This delivery method allows the active ingredients to quickly reach the skin cells, providing an immediate and noticeable improvement in skin health and appearance.
The ingredients used in IV Peel®s vary but typically include a combination of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. For example, a typical IV Peel® might consist of vitamins C, E, and B complex and Glutathione, a powerful antioxidant. The practitioner determines the specific ingredients and their concentrations based on the patient’s skin concerns and goals.
How to Prepare Before your IV Peel®?
Consultation with a dermatologist or esthetician: Before undergoing an IV Peel®, it is essential to consult with a qualified healthcare professional, such as a dermatologist or esthetician. During the consultation, the practitioner will evaluate your skin, discuss your skin concerns and goals, and determine if an IV Peel® is the proper treatment for you. They may also recommend other treatments, such as topical skincare products, to enhance the results of the IV Peel®.
Understanding the type of Chemical Peel best for your skin: There are different IV Peel®s available, and the best one for you will depend on your skin type, skin concerns, and goals. Therefore, discussing the various options with your practitioner is important to determine the best one for you.
Pre-Peel skin care regimen: Before undergoing an IV Peel®, it is essential to prepare your skin. Your practitioner may recommend that you avoid sun exposure, stop using certain products (such as exfoliating or retinol), and hydrate your skin. They may also provide specific pre-peel skin care instructions to follow.
After-care instructions: After an IV Peel®, it is essential to follow the after-care instructions provided by your practitioner. This may include avoiding sun exposure, using specific skincare products, avoiding certain activities (such as swimming), and keeping the treatment area clean and moisturized. Your practitioner may also recommend follow-up treatments to enhance and maintain the results of the IV Peel®.
IV Peel® Procedure
Cleaning of skin: Before the IV Peel® procedure, the skin is thoroughly cleaned to remove any makeup, oils, or other impurities that may interfere with the peeling process.
Application of Chemical Peels: Once the skin is clean, the practitioner will begin the IV Peel® by administering the solution directly into the bloodstream through an intravenous (IV) infusion. The procedure typically takes about an hour, during which you will relax and allow the solution to work its magic.
Neutralization of Chemical Peel: After the solution has been infused, the practitioner will neutralize the IV Peel® by administering an appropriate neutralizing solution. This step is important to ensure that the skin is left healthy and stable.
Application of post-peel products: After the IV Peel® is complete, the practitioner will apply post-peel products to soothe and hydrate the skin. These products may include topical creams, serums, or other products specifically designed to promote the healing and rejuvenation of the skin.
Potential Side Effects
Pain or discomfort: IV Peel®s are generally well-tolerated, and the procedure is usually painless. However, some patients may experience mild discomfort or a burning sensation during the process. This is typically mild and can be managed with over-the-counter pain medication.
Redness and swelling: After an IV Peel®, some patients may experience redness and swelling. This is usually temporary and resolves within a few hours or days. However, if the redness and swelling persist or become severe, it is essential to contact your practitioner promptly.
Hyperpigmentation or Hypopigmentation: In some cases, IV Peel®s may cause changes in the skin’s pigmentation, either causing hyperpigmentation (darkening of the skin) or hypopigmentation (lightening of the skin). This is more likely to occur in patients with darker skin tones or those with a history of pigmentation issues.
Scarring: IV Peel®s are generally considered safe, but there is a small risk of scarring. This is more likely to occur in patients who have a history of scarring or who have active skin infections or inflammation.
Infection: There is a small risk of infection with IV Peel®s, especially if proper sterilization techniques are not followed. It is important to ensure that the practitioner performing the procedure follows appropriate sterilization and infection control protocols to minimize the risk of infection.
While IV Peel®s are generally safe and well-tolerated, it is important to be aware of the potential risks and side effects and to discuss them with your practitioner. In addition, if you experience any unusual symptoms or side effects, it is important to contact your practitioner promptly.
Avoiding sun exposure: After an IV Peel®, it is important to avoid sun exposure as much as possible. Sun exposure can increase the risk of hyperpigmentation and other side effects, and it is best to limit sun exposure for at least a few days after the procedure. If you need to be in the sun, be sure to wear broad-spectrum sunscreen with a high SPF.
Keeping the skin hydrated: Hydrating the skin is essential after an IV Peel® to promote healing and minimize the risk of dryness, flaking, or peeling. Drink plenty of water, and consider using a moisturizer to help keep the skin hydrated.
Using recommended skincare products: Your practitioner may advise certain skincare products to use after your IV Peel® to enhance the procedure results and support the healing process. Be sure to use only the products recommended by your practitioner, as using other products could interfere with the procedure results.
Following after-care instructions: It is essential to follow the instructions provided by your practitioner after an IV Peel®. These instructions will vary depending on the type of IV Peel® you receive and the skin condition but may include recommendations for avoiding certain activities, using specific skin care products, and avoiding sun exposure.
If you experience any unusual symptoms or side effects after an IV Peel®, it is important to contact your practitioner promptly. With proper after-care, IV Peel®s can be a safe and effective way to improve the health and appearance of your skin.
Results and Maintenance
Immediate results: Some patients may notice immediate results after an IV Peel®, including smoother, brighter, and more even-toned skin. However, the extent and duration of these results will vary depending on the type of IV Peel®, the skin condition, and other factors.
Long-term results: IV Peel®s can provide long-term effects, including improved skin texture, tone, and clarity. The results of an IV Peel® can last for several weeks or months, but the duration will vary depending on the type of IV Peel®, the condition of the skin, and other factors.
Maintenance treatments: To maintain the results of an IV Peel®, it is recommended to have follow-up treatments every few months. The frequency of maintenance treatments will depend on the type of IV Peel® and your skin condition, but most patients will benefit from at least one treatment per year.
Maintaining a healthy skincare routine, including sunscreen, hydration, and a balanced diet is also vital to support the long-term results of an IV Peel®.
Chemical peels have been used for many years to improve the health and appearance of the skin. With advances in skincare technology, chemical peels have become even more effective and safe, making them a popular choice for those looking to enhance the appearance of their skin. Discuss your goals and concerns with our esthetician if you are considering a chemical peel. Here at LightTouch Med Spa Orlando, we provide free consultations. Book a risk-free consultation with us to further evaluate your skin needs.