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The American Academy of Dermatology recommends chemical peels to rejuvenate the skin. Studies show that your skin sheds dead skin cells each day. But sometimes, it needs help doing so. Understanding how long chemical peel effects last can help you schedule your treatments. Here are the details.



How Long the Results Last



How long the results of your chemical peel will last will depend on the depth of your peel treatment. The results of a superficial or light peel will last about one or two months. A medium chemical peel’s results can last for about six months. The results of a deep chemical peel can last for the rest of your life. Deep treatment is often used to treat different skin problems, such as severe sun damage. 


The effects of light to medium chemical peels are temporary because skin cells always regenerate. The results of these chemical peels will only last until the next cellular renewal cycle. Maintaining lasting results can happen when you care for your skin after your chemical peel. Proper sun protection and hydration can prevent scars and new sun damage. Your skin doctor can recommend effective skincare products that you can use at home each day. 



When the Results Become Noticeable



Studies confirm that chemical peels are effective. Many patients see a noticeable improvement in their skin even after one treatment. Scarring, large pores, and hyperpigmentation can improve after one appointment. Your skin tone and texture will even out. 



The Number of Treatments Necessary



You may need a series of chemical peels. This is necessary to target the problems on the upper layer of your skin. People with sensitive skin may need many treatments. Here are the factors that impact the number of treatments that you need:


Signs of aging like wrinkles will need at least one or even two chemical peels. The treatments will result in brighter, smoother skin. Light peeling may need many appointments. You can have one appointment if your skin can handle medium chemical peels.


Sun damage, hyperpigmentation, and dark spots may need a few chemical peels. Studies show that acne scars will need continuous chemical peels because of acne flare-ups. 


Acne will need at least two or three light chemical peels. The goal is to reduce your skin’s sebum production. This treatment also aims to peel damaged skin and minimize inflammation. Your skin doctor may recommend chemical peels and home skincare treatments. 



What to Expect



Your skin doctor will tell you if you need to follow a pre-skin peel plan for about two to four weeks. This care plan can reduce possible side effects and enhance results. On your treatment day, you will go through skin preparations. Light to medium chemical peels will need a thorough skin cleansing. Deep chemical peels will need general anesthesia. This type of peel should happen in a surgical or sterile setting. 


Your skin doctor will apply the chemical peel and watch your skin. Removing the peel at the right time is important. A deep chemical peel will happen one small area at a time. You will then go through post-peel treatments. After a medium chemical peel, your skin will need cool compresses and some cream to soothe your skin.


Knowing how long your chemical peel results will last can help you schedule your treatments. At Handal Plastic Surgery, we help our patients achieve their skin health goals with our high-quality products and treatments. Please drop by our clinic in Boca Raton, Florida, for an in-person consultation. Please call 561-220-6360 or 561-912-9888 to schedule an appointment or inquire about our chemical peel packages.