While some women simply can’t face the world without full makeup, many prefer to ease up on their cosmetics during the hot summer months. The blazing heat can turn cosmetics goopy, and dips in the pool make mascara run, so it’s a smart move. Still, you always want to look your best, whether you’re enjoying the enhancement of makeup or not, and a facial treatment (like a chemical peel or HydraFacial) can be the key to being sure you have your best face on!
This is why it’s a great idea to schedule rejuvenating facial treatments now, in order to prepare for summer fun. Whether you’re dealing with acne, scarring, discoloration, age spots, fine lines and wrinkles, or general dullness and other signs of aging, the right treatment can help you regain your youthful glow so you can face the world feeling fresh (even with minimal makeup).
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The difficult choice may be choosing the treatment that’s right for you, as there are several choices to consider. If you’ve narrowed it down to a chemical peel or HydraFacial, here are a few things you should know before making your appointment.
What to Expect With a Chemical Peel
As you may expect, this procedure involves using a chemical solution to remove the top layer of skin, exposing fresh, new skin underneath and addressing a variety of troublesome skin issues. A safe, acidic solution will be applied by a trained and experienced professional, and you’ll choose the depth of the peel (outer layer of skin or deeper layers) depending on the issues you want to treat.
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This treatment can be applied to the face, neck, chest, and even hands, to address signs of aging and reveal fresh skin underneath. As part of the healing process, collagen production is stimulated, helping to plump skin even as you develop a more even skin tone and enjoy a bright and youthful glow.
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Healing can take up to several weeks, during which time you’ll need to take precautions to protect your skin from the sun. For several days after the treatment, you’ll experience peeling of the outer layers of skin. You’ll need to moisturize to prevent dryness and discomfort. Results will depend on several factors, including the type of peel you get, your skin type, the issues you’re addressing, and so on, but you could see rejuvenating effects that last months or even years.
What to Expect With a HydraFacial
In some ways, a HydraFacial is similar to a chemical peel, and in fact, one of the steps in the process involves the use of an extremely mild chemical peel. However, they’re much closer to your average facial. The process begins, like many facials, with exfoliation. This removes dead cells on the surface of your skin. Next comes a gentle peel to loosen any remaining dirt, cells, and other debris that could be clogging pores.
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From there, pores are cleaned with suction (similar to extractions during a typical facial), and then hydrating serums are applied to nourish skin. The smoothing and hydrating effects of a HydraFacial could last from several days to a few weeks, and monthly treatments are recommended for best results.
Which Is Better?
The treatment that’s right for you will depend mainly on the desired longevity of your results - and the time you have available for the treatment and recovery. . A HydraFacial is great for getting a quick refresh before a big event, as it’s only thirty minutes and can quickly address many facial concerns. However, you should prepare to follow up with additional HydraFacial treatments on a regular basis to maintain the effects if you see fit. If you’re interested in a skin rejuvenation treatment that will have long-lasting results, a chemical peel is a great choice. But it’s also important to remember that you will need to give yourself time to avoid sunlight, and prepare to experience dryness, peeling and possibly discomfort for a short time after the peel. Consider these factors when you weigh your options, and consider discussing them in a consultation with our staff.
If you’re interested in exploring the benefits of a chemical peel, HydraFacial, or other rejuvenating facial treatment, contact Dr. Fischer and the qualified and caring team at the Advanced Center for Plastic Surgery today, online or at 410-308-4700, to schedule a consultation.