Friday, February 15, 2013

Valentine’s Day has passed, but it’s not too late to treat yourself!

Want to treat yourself and your skin? This month Greenville Dermatology is offering a great deal on peels! If you’ve never had a peel, here are some FAQ’s to help you understand the benefits.

What are the benefits of a chemical peel?
Chemical peels can be done on the face, neck or hands. They can be used to:
·         Reduce fine lines
·         Treat wrinkles caused by sun damage and aging
·         Improve the appearance of mild scars
·         Reduce age spots, freckles and dark patches (melasma) due to pregnancy or taking birth control pills
·         Improve the look and feel of skin

Who should get a chemical peel?
Anyone who has fine lines, wrinkles, scarring or sun damage and is interested in correcting the blemishes without surgery should consider a chemical peel. (Sagging skin or bulges cannot be improved with peels and typically require cosmetic surgery.)

Is the peel painful?
During a chemical peel, most people feel a burning sensation that lasts about 5-10 minutes, followed by a stinging sensation. Putting cool compresses on the skin may ease the stinging. You may need mild pain medication during or after a deeper peel.

What types of peels does Greenville Dermatology use?         
We provide alpha-hydroxy glycolic acid, beta-hydroxy salicylic acid peels, and TCA (trichloroaecetic acid) peels. These chemicals loosen blackheads and decrease acne by removing the top layer of skin, revealing the resulting new, healthier layer of skin.
How long does it take for my skin to heal and to see results?
The amount of time for skin to heal varies by patient but could take up to 14 days. However, once your skin has healed, you will see immediate improvements. For optimal results, we recommend patients have a second peel within the next six months to a year.
If you want to improve the skin you’re in without surgery, a chemical peel may be just right for you! For more information or additional questions, please call us today at 864-242-5872.

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