Chemical peels are a kind of like a chemical exfoliation/abrasion. These peels cause all the old, icky skin cells that cause discoloration, acne, scars and fine lines to slough (or peel) off and regrow new, baby-fresh cells on your face. So it will be as soft, silky and smooth as a baby’s you-know-what. Most spa-goers will require 3-4 treatments.
You will have an agent applied to your skin at the spa. It will be left on for a few minutes and you may feel slight tingling. Some peels will need to be neutralized with a second agent and some won’t. Like anything, depending on the patient, the strength of the peel, the post-procedure hydration and the phase of the moon, everyone will have different amounts of peeling and some people may not notice any peeling at all.
This depends on the type of peel. You will usually have peeling and flaking of the skin for about three days to one week, after which time you will begin to see the new, fresh skin begin to regenerate.
Results are quite varied and depend upon the patient, how many times you have had it done and what we are treating. You can expect results to last anywhere from two months to two years. The more you baby your skin, the longer your results will last.
Face, neck, décolleté, back and buttocks are the most common areas.
IPL stands for intense pulsed light. Unlike a laser, IPL is white light and contains all wavelengths. It uses light energy to target certain colors in the skin—namely browns and reds (think: sun damage, broken capillaries, and rosacea). The skin heats up and then the body gets rid of the unwanted cells. There is a lot of buzz about the BBL (broadband light) facial right now. BBL is a broadband of light, where IPL is a single, intense, focused beam of light and is more targeted and precise. The IPL also stimulates collagen growth thereby improving texture and reducing the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and large pores.
The Lumecca Optimas has a built-in cooling system, and as such, you will not require any numbing beforehand. So cool (sorry; pun intended)!
Within one week of the treatment, the skin will begin to heal. You may have some crusting, peeling, scabbing and darkening of spots prior to them flaking off and healing. After this, you will already notice improvement, however, the best results usually follow a few treatments (three is a good place to start and is generally how the packages are sold).
They are permanent! But you need to stay vigilant about your skincare and sun protection in order to maintain the best results.
Anywhere! Face, neck, hands and décolleté are some of the most popular.