frequently asked questions



What should I expect from a chemical peel?

During a chemical peel, an esthetician will use a brush or cotton-tip applicator to apply a chemical solution to your face. The type of solution and intensity of the peel will depend on your skin’s needs. Light peels typically contain glycolic or salicylic acid, medium peels contain trichloroacetic acid, and a deep peel contains carbolic acid. To apply, the medical esthetician will utilize a cotton-tipped applicator or brush. The treated skin will begin to turn white or gray and may sting or burn for a few minutes. The peel will remove the top layers of your skin over the next few days, allowing new skin to grow in smoother. This should address any wrinkles, scars, or discolored skin on your face.

How long does it take to recover from a chemical peel?

The length of your recovery depends on the depth of treatment. A light chemical peel removes the epidermis—or the outer layer of skin. After treatment, the skin will be red and mildly irritated. The esthetician may apply an ointment to soothe the skin. It takes approximately one-to-seven days to fully heal and the new skin may be lighter or darker than the rest of your face.

A medium chemical peel removes both the dermis and epidermis layers. After the peel, you’ll experience a stinging sensation and skin will appear red and swollen. Similar to a light peel, a protective ointment may be applied. You can also use ice packs and over-the-counter pain relievers if necessary. While you can apply makeup the next day with a light peel, you need to wait five-to-seven days with a medium intensity peel. Total recovery time is about seven-to-14 days, however, there’s a chance redness could last longer. 

A deep chemical peel removes skin cells below the epidermis and dermis. Once completed, you’ll experience severe swelling, redness, and burning. A surgical dressing will be applied and painkillers prescribed. The medical esthetician will also direct you to soak the skin in ointment multiple times per day for two weeks. It will take that same amount of time for new skin to develop. Then, you can use cosmetics.

Does a chemical peel cause skin peeling?

It’s called a chemical peel because there’s peeling involved! Typically your skin will begin peeling 48-to-72 hours after treatment. This can last anywhere from two-to-five days, during which it should be minimal and can be controlled with moisturizer supplied by your esthetician. Patients are advised not to pick off the flaking skin because this can cause the new skin to grow in dry, cracked, or with hyperpigmentation. When washing your face, use a gentle cleanser and avoid scrubs and washcloths. You should apply sunscreen daily.  

Although peeling is quite common after the procedure, some patients may experience minimal flaking. This doesn’t mean the treatment was unsuccessful. The amount of peeling depends on your individual skin and the type of peel you received.

What is a HydraFacial and who is a good candidate for it?

Similar to microdermabrasion in that it removes skin cells, the HydraFacial device suctions the dead skin cells from the surface of your skin. As it removes these cells, the tip of the device exfoliates and infuses serums to keep the skin smooth and hydrated. The entire process is completed in three steps, according to the official website: cleanse and peel to “uncover a new layer of skin,” extract and hydrate to “remove debris from pores,” and fuse and protect by saturating “the skin’s surface with antioxidants and peptides.”

Because the HydraFacial is a non-invasive treatment used to refresh skin, almost anyone can be a candidate. As long as you want to get rid of acne, oily skin, dark spots, or enlarged pores, this facial is for you. The device is designed for patients of all skin types: oily, normal, dry, combination, or sensitive. There is no peeling, flaking, harsh exfoliating, or downtime associated with the facial.

How long does a HydraFacial treatment take and what results should I see?

A HydraFacial is a relatively quick treatment, taking only 30 minutes to complete. This means you can step out for your lunch hour, drive to your local esthetician, undergo a HydraFacial and be back to work within the hour. You may even be able to stop for a quick bite to eat during that time. There is no downtime associated with this procedure. You can use cosmetics and return to normal activities immediately after. 

Though the treatment is short, it delivers long-term and immediate results. After your first HydraFacial, you should see skin refinement and a radiant glow. Your skin should feel smoother and more hydrated. To take advantage of the benefits of the procedure and to improve fine lines, wrinkles, dark spots, and congested skin, you should get one treatment per month.

Can I get a HydraFacial before my wedding or other special event?

During the week of your wedding or other special occasion, it’s typically advisable to avoid certain facials, chemical peels, or other treatments that may result in side effects that last longer than a few days. The HydraFacial is the only available treatment you can safely get the week of your wedding that most likely won’t change the look of your face. There is no downtime and you can put makeup on the very next day. Plus, it will even out your skin texture, de-clog your pores, and add a glow to your skin.

What are IPL treatments and are they painful?

Intense pulsed light (IPL) treatments are types of light therapy used to improve wrinkles, remove sun damage and dark spots, and remove unwanted body hair. The procedure can also treat age spots, freckles, birthmarks, varicose veins, broken blood vessels, and rosacea. This non-invasive treatment doesn’t use laser lights, but high-intensity pulses of light. 

During the therapy, an esthetician will rub a cool gel over your skin, then, using the IPL device, run light pulses over your skin. Most patients claim they don’t experience pain with IPL, but say it feels like being snapped with a rubber band or a slight sting. Some say it’s less painful than a bikini wax. The entire procedure takes anywhere from 20-to-30 minutes, depending on the size of the area you need treated.

What are the IPL aftercare instructions & are there risks?

There is no downtime associated with IPL treatments and you should be able to jump right back into normal activities. After treatment, your skin may appear a bit pink or red and you may experience some swelling. Your skin can be sensitive for a few days, so it’s best to avoid using hot water. It’s also recommended patients avoid direct sunlight for 48 hours after treatment. These side effects are temporary and should subside in a few days.  

Although the procedure may elicit the aforementioned effects in some patients, there are other possible risks to be aware of. In rare cases, patients experience bruising, blistering, infection, or changes in the color of their skin. If you engage a medical esthetician to perform IPL treatments, the risk of experiencing any of these symptoms dramatically drops. Research the MediSpa you choose to lower your risk.

How many IPL treatments will I need & are the results permanent?

The number of IPL treatments necessary will depend on what you need treated: dark spots, rosacea, birthmarks, veins, etc. Typically, any of the following areas will take three-to-six sessions to produce the desired results. If you’re looking to get rid of sun spots, you may need five or six sessions before you start achieving your desired results. Only about three or four treatments are needed to clear up rosacea. Hair removal takes the most sessions at six-to-12 treatments. Each appointment should be spaced approximately one month apart to allow your skin the proper time to heal. However, your esthetician will prescribe a number of sessions and the length in between each based on your individual needs. 

The results of these IPL treatments in regards to dark spots, freckles, or marks are typically long term. However, this depends on your level of sun exposure, skin care habits, and use of sunblock. Changes also occur as you age, meaning spots can return. IPL hair removal typically results in 70-to-90 percent reduction in hair in the treated areas. However, it can grow back if left untreated for a considerable period.

What is laser skin resurfacing and how does it work?

Laser skin resurfacing utilizes concentrated pulsating beams of light to remove layers of skin, resulting in smoother and less irregular skin. It can diminish acne scars, fine lines, wrinkles, or other blemishes. While this nonsurgical treatment, which is also known as lasabrasion or laser peel, removes layers of skin, it also regenerates new skin cells. 

When you arrive for skin resurfacing, a local anesthetic or sedative may be used to relieve any discomfort you may feel. The face is then cleansed and eye protection is given. To complete the procedure, laser resurfacing uses ablative, non-ablative, or fractionated lasers depending on the area in need of treatment. The light will be taken across the treatment area and the patient may feel temporary bouts of heat.

Can laser skin resurfacing be combined with other procedures?

Laser skin resurfacing can be combined with other procedures to achieve your desired results. To further combat the signs of aging such as wrinkles, fine lines, volume loss, and sagging skin, you may want to incorporate fillers and injectables into your monthly routine. Radiesse volumizing filler can remove smile lines around the mouth, marionette lines, and lines in the chin. Juvederm can restore your lip volume while Sculptra creates facial volume and contour.

How long does a laser skin resurfacing treatment take and how long will it last?

Depending on the treatment area, which ranges from age spots and sagging skin to scars and enlarged pores to crow’s feet and other wrinkles, laser skin resurfacing can take as little as 30 minutes or it can take up to two hours. Generally, the results of a single treatment can last three-to-five years, meaning the cost surely outweighs the benefits.