After the treatment
The procedure takes relatively little time (20 to 40 minutes) and is done under local anesthesia. It causes a little discomfort.
You can return home the same day.
Mild itching, crusting and redness appear afterwards. These symptoms are usually and relatively painless. Your skin gradually improves, changing its color from red to a paler pink hue.
Following the peel, you are usually presentable in 3 to 4 days (in the case of “light” and “medium” peels) or in 5 to 6 days (following a “concentrated” peel). Your appearance will continue to improve steadily for 6 months following the peel. Therefore, be patient!
Occasionally, brown spots, pimples, large pores, some acne activity, some redness or some discoloration may be seen for the next 2 to 6 months. Persistence of skin discoloration and redness is not common, but possible.
No sun exposure is permitted after this procedure for at least 2 months. In the future, to preserve your skin from the continuing effects of the daily aging process, you may need a peel every few years.
If you have received “Accutane” for acne treatment in the past, your peel may have to be postponed for a few months.
If you have suffered from previous herpes infections (cold sores), special medications will be prescribed for you to prevent its recurrence.
Skin procedures entail certain side effects and potential complications, such as prolonged skin redness, skin spotting, scarring, infection, discoloration, persistence of some wrinkles, skin necrosis, etc. These risks are possible, but not common.