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What are chemical peels?

Chemical peels have become a popular and safe way to rejuvenate your skin. A chemical peel is a professional technique where a chemically exfoliating solution is applied to the skin to remove the outer layers which have been damaged by the elements. For those that have been frustrated by their skin tone, La Fontaine Aesthetics offers chemical peels in Denver which can visibly improve appearance and texture.

What types of skin care issues do chemical peels solve?

A chemical peel is an excellent option for anyone who has struggled with damaged or flawed skin. Chemical peels can vary in strength and effectiveness for each person, but you can expect to improve or eliminate the appearance of:

  • Acne/blemishes
  • Pre-mature age signs
  • Clogged pores (blackheads/whiteheads)
  • Dull skin
  • Smoker’s skin
  • Age spots
  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Freckles
  • Irregular skin pigmentation such as melasma
  • Scaly or rough skin
  • Sun-damaged skin

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Am I a good candidate for a chemical peel?

There are many reasons to choose a chemical peel in Denver. Without invasive plastic surgery, it can leave you with smoother, less wrinkled skin by the end of your treatment cycle. However, if you are looking to treat more severe wrinkles and skin that has lost its elasticity and is sagging, other treatments would be more beneficial. Dr. Ken Oleszek puts the safety and comfort of his patients first. If a chemical peel is not right for you, he will provide an honest assessment and offer other possible solutions for the treatment of your skin.

What can I expect during a chemical peel?

Your skin is unique, and each patient will have his or her own needs when it comes to what they are expecting from a chemical peel. Your aesthetician can recommend several different levels of chemical peels based on the level of your skin damage. During the peel procedure, you may experience a slight burning sensation following by brief numbness and stinging. Peels are not painful but can be uncomfortable when the solution is on the skin for a few minutes. All chemical peels will require some downtime.

What chemicals are used in a chemical peel?

There are many different types of chemical peels, so it is important to ask questions. Typically, the most common chemicals used in peels are alpha hydroxy acids, beta hydroxy acids, trichloroacetic acid, and phenol. The warm and approachable team at La Fontaine Aesthetics can discuss the specific solutions in more detail with you during your consultation. They will take the time to address any concerns you may have. Together you will decide which peel is best for your skin care needs.

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What are the Benefits of a Chemical Peel?

A chemical peel procedure opens the door to a world of positive transformations, both inside and out. Here are some of the potential benefits that await you:

  • Enhanced skin texture: Removes top layers, revealing smoother, brighter skin and even tone.
  • Minimized pore size: Exfoliates to reduce pore-clogging dirt and bacteria.
  • Scar improvement: Lightens marks and boosts collagen for smoother scars.
  • Diminished hyperpigmentation: Breaks up melanin deposits for a more even skin tone.
  • Reduced wrinkles: Helps diminish fine lines and aging-related wrinkles.
  • Radiant complexion: Reveals a brighter, healthier skin layer.
  • Increased skin hydration: Boosts skin's moisture levels.
  • Enhanced skincare efficacy: Removes build-up for deeper product penetration and effectiveness.

Recovery and Results

The recovery period after a chemical peel in Denver varies depending on the strength of the peel. Deeper peels provide more intense results but also require a longer recovery time. It is common for patients to experience flaking or peeling skin for a week or two after the treatment, which is essential for the healing process. During this time, the skin may be red or sensitive, so it is necessary to avoid excessive sun exposure and other irritants that may damage the skin. As the skin heals, the results of the chemical peel treatment become visible in the weeks following the treatment. Removing the outermost layer of skin reveals beautiful, soft, and radiant skin underneath. For certain cosmetic goals, achieving optimal results may require multiple treatment sessions. To sustain these results over time, many patients opt for regular maintenance treatments.

Peels vary in strength and can go from light to deep, depending on the solutions used.

  • With a light peel, you can expect your skin feel flakey, experience mild redness and dryness. You can go about your regular routine the following day.
  • With a medium peel, you may experience slight swelling that will diminish within the week. Your skin will heal, and normal activities can resume in approximately one week to ten days.
  • A deeper peel is for patients with the most skin damage. Mild pain medication may be used to minimize any discomfort. Downtime will be one to two weeks.

Does a Board Certified Physician oversee your cosmetic treatments?

When you select La Fontaine Aesthetics, you will be taken care of by a team of qualified skin care professionals. Your chemical peel in Denver will be managed in the privacy of our luxury clinic. Licensed Estheticians will work to get to know you and understand your skin care needs and then create a personalized treatment plan specific to your goals and budget. At La Fontaine, we focus on minimally invasive treatments for facial rejuvenation; we want to keep you looking your best with the least amount of downtime possible.

FAQ Chemical Peels

How long do the results of a chemical peel last?

The outcome of a chemical peel can differ based on both the peel type and individual skin attributes. Generally, the effects of a chemical peel can last for several months to a year, and regular treatments can help maintain the results over time.

Is a chemical peel painful?

During the chemical peel procedure, you may experience a slight burning sensation followed by brief numbness and stinging. While the peels are not typically painful, some discomfort can be expected while the solution is on the skin for a few minutes.

What is the downtime after a chemical peel?

The downtime after a chemical peel can vary depending on the strength of the peel. Light peels may only require minimal downtime, with some flaking or redness that resolves quickly. Deeper peels may require a longer recovery period, with several days to a week of peeling and redness. Your provider will provide specific post-treatment care instructions to support your healing process.

Can I wear makeup after a chemical peel?

Following a chemical peel, avoiding wearing makeup for a few days is typically recommended to allow the skin to heal properly. Your provider will provide guidance on when it is safe to resume using makeup after your specific peel.

How can I manage discomfort after a chemical peel?

After a chemical peel, mild discomfort or sensitivity may occur as the skin heals. Your provider may recommend specific skincare products or soothing treatments to help manage any discomfort and support the healing process. It's important to follow post-treatment care instructions provided by your provider to ensure a smooth recovery.

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