Some patients report feeling a slight stinging sensation when the laser pluses. It’s very tolerable. There is no need to use anesthesia or numbing cream, either. Our team puts your safety and comfort first, so they’ll make sure you are comfortable throughout the treatment.
The treated area may look like a mild sunburn for a few days. You’ll want to keep sunscreen on those areas at all times. Be aware that the treated areas may look slightly darker and scab for a little while. Within a week or two, the treated pigmented lesions will start to break down and flake off. Do not pick at the lesions or try to speed up the process, as you may damage your skin.
Most patients need between three and five treatments for pigmented lesions. Your consultant will book your appointment about 4-6 weeks apart. Most patients see a difference in their skin after the first treatment. Darker pigmented lesions may need further treatment.
During a chemical peel, most people feel a burning sensation that lasts about five to ten minutes, followed by a stinging sensation.
Most people don’t really peel too much after a Chemical Peel (light peeling). Peeling will generally start 48-72 hours after your treatment and can last 2-5 days. It is very important not to pick off peeling skin; peeling is minimal and easily controlled with moisturizer. Avoid sun exposure as much as possible when healing. Avoid excessive exercise for 24-48 hours post-treatment as well.
- Five to seven days before the peel discontinue using any prescription topicals such as Retin-A, Differin or Tazorac, as well as any products containing retinol, alpha hydroxyl acids (AHA), beta hydroxyl acids (BHA) or benzoyl peroxide.
- Patients who have had any medical cosmetic facial treatments or procedures such as Laser treatments, cosmetic fillers or other surgical procedures should wait until skin sensitivity has completely resolved before receiving a peel.