After years of sun exposure, smoking, and exposure to environmental toxins, your face might not be as youthful as it once was. You may have brown spots or age spots, fine lines, or wrinkles that begin to show your age.
And though you may want to recapture the essence of your youth, you may not want to undergo a costly or invasive procedure, like a brow lift, eyelid surgery, or facelift to do so. Luckily, you don’t have to. There are many other options available to you now that can help you enhance the look and feel of your skin, such as a chemical peel or microdermabrasion.
Before undergoing one of these procedures, it’s critical to ask the right questions during your initial consultation. This will help you keep your expectations in check, ensure optimal results, and get you ready for post-procedure care.
Chemical peels and microdermabrasion
There are many types of chemical peels, such as TCA, salicylic, and glycolic peels, that can successfully improve the appearance of scars and wrinkles and reduce the size of your pores. Microdermabrasion, too, can remove or reduce skin damage, skin imperfections, fine wrinkles, and surface scars. Both procedures can also slow the early signs of aging.
The importance of working with a professional
When choosing to undergo a chemical peel or microdermabrasion, it’s critical that you work with a trusted skin professional. Both procedures require a careful and thorough evaluation of your skin type as well as execution precision in order to yield optimal results.
Ask for a patch test
Your skin tone as well as your skin’s sensitivity can play a factor in the overall success of these procedures. During your initial consultation, ask to have a part of your skin—other than your face—patch tested. A chemical peel can have a bleaching effect, particular on olive skin, and it’s important that you are comfortable with the effects on the test section before having the procedure done on your entire face.
Ask about recovery time
Not only should you know how long the in-office procedure will take, but you should know how many days, or weeks, it will take for your face to be completely healed. For some time after the procedure, your face will change. It may be red, sensitive, and sun-sensitive, and you may shed dead layers of skin for a while. Recovery time will depend on the strength of the procedure.
Understanding how long the procedure takes can not only help you keep your expectations realistic, but can help you plan the procedure at the best time. For example, you’re not going to want to get a procedure done a few days before a beach vacation or a wedding.
Ask about follow-up care
To get the best results, it’s also important that you care for your skin tenderly in the days or weeks following the treatment. Ask your care team for post-procedure directions and follow them correctly. For example, you will need to avoid the sun because sun damage can multiply when you’re working on a new layer of skin. You should know what skincare routine you should follow.
You have the opportunity for a new, fresh face. A chemical peel or microdermabrasion can help you reduce skin damage, reduce wrinkles and fine lines, and get back your youthful appearance. But if you’re considering one of these two treatments, make sure to ask the right questions during your consultations in order to get optimal results.