The Top 5 Common Myths about Chemical Peels

It is important to be well-informed about the cosmetic procedure you intend to undergo. However, as the outcomes of these procedures depend on numerous factors, you will find a lot of bogus and even contradictory information regarding the same procedure. Following is a list of the most common myths associated with chemical peels

  1. Chemical peels don’t have a downtime

While the previous statement is true for light or superficial peels, the same cannot be said about medium and deep peels. As a matter of fact, for the latter type of peels it is perfectly normal for patients to experience facial redness and flaking for the next few days following the procedure. In addition, there is a fair chance that some patients could also experience swelling and discomfort. More often than not, the downtime lasts between a few days to two weeks, depending on the patient.

  1. You can see the results immediately after the procedure

In order to see a significant improvement with your skin, you might have to undergo several chemical peels. As with other cosmetic procedures, in order for your skin to look healthy and fresh, first it needs to undergo some unaesthetic changes. If you undergo a chemical peel, then you should expect to experience temporary redness, peeling and other unattractive, but otherwise normal effects following the procedure. This is why it is highly advisable to avoid undergoing this procedure right before an important event or on occasions when you need to have your picture taken.

  1. Chemical peels are actually mini facelifts

It is necessary to mention that even the deepest and harshest chemical peel cannot do more than correct superficial wrinkles and lines caused primarily by sun damage. Therefore, the face-lifting effect in this case is minimal at best. If you need resurfacing or want to correct saggy skin then you should consider other cosmetic procedures, such as a facelift or brow lift. In fact, cosmetic surgeons advice patients to get a facelift followed by a chemical peel for maximum skin improvement.

  1. You can only benefit from chemical peels if your skin shows signs of aging

Even though it is true that older patients are more interested in getting a chemical peel, that does not automatically imply that younger patients cannot benefit from a light peel as well. Considering that the skin has already accumulated some sun damage, a light chemical peel could be just the thing to rejuvenate your skin and improve its appearance. Moreover, cosmeticians also recommend mild to moderate chemical peels as a treatment for acne and acne scars.

  1. It is safe to do a chemical peel at home

If you intent to undergo a light peel and you read about the right chemicals from which your skin can benefit, then it can be safe to get a chemical peel at home. However, it is important to note that medium to deep chemical peels should only be performed after a thorough consultation from a cosmetic surgeon, as otherwise you risk experiencing a plethora of side effects and you won’t be able to enjoy the best rejuvenation effects.

  • charlottemae

    just had the most awesome peel at Dr. Gerstman’s office, check it out

    • doctorgerstman

      Thank you Charlotte. You had the Environ TCA peel. Glowing skin with only minimal flaking 🙂 glad you enjoyed!

  • Rosalie Barreca-Carrieri

    It’s important to follow Dr. Gerstman’s post procedure instructions to get the best possible results, and remember sunscreen is your best friend…cant wait for mine…

    • doctorgerstman

      Thank you for your feedback Rosalie!