Top 5 Questions To Ask If You’re Interested In A Chemical Peel

Dr. Daisy A. Ayim is a talented cosmetic surgeon with an aesthetic eye and has over ten years of experience in private practice with a keen perspective on beauty and health. Dr. Daisy A. Ayim is a fellowship-trained Cosmetic Surgeon by the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery and Board Certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Ayim has always been focused, academically sound, and driven to excel in her craft. She has garnered the love from her patients over the course of over a decade to provide superb care and enhance their desire for aesthetic surgery. Dr. Ayim sits down with Haute Beauty, to talk about the top 5 questions to ask your doctor before you opt for a chemical peel. 

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Over the past few years, chemical peels have gained significant popularity, especially for riding those fine lines and wrinkles that come with aging. Before investing in a chemical peel, it is in your best interest to ask who, what, and when you would be the best candidate for one. Here are the top 5 questions to ask, answered:

When should I get a chemical peel? Age preference?

A chemical peel can be performed year-round or anytime you desire to have it done. There is a tendency to promote chemical peel treatments during the fall or winter seasons due to preferential weather for indoor activities and less risk to harm the skin which makes healing more enjoyable. However, my practice utilizes exclusive peels with a tolerable post-recovery journey. So my advice is to have peel whenever you want and would recommend starting peels usually late teens or twenties depending on the skin concern.

How will my skin feel after a chemical peel?

Skin quality improves with a chemical peel and it works by exfoliation leading to improvement of wrinkles, acne scars, uneven tone, or discoloration. Chemical peel's results depend on the depth and strength of agents used. Clients generally will feel smoothness if the texture was a concern or have a balance skin appearance if pigmentation was the underlining problem.

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What is the recovery time for a chemical peel?

During your consultation, we gather all information necessary to determine which peel to apply on the face. Superficial peels have no downtime and you can literally return to work after the peel without any push back - except always remember to wear your sunscreen. The medium depth and deep chemical peels are affiliated with recovery that takes around 7 days. Some clients experience less significant harshness and may resume normal activity sooner than later.

What type of care is necessary?

At Dr. Ayim's practice, superficial and medium depth chemical peels do not necessitate major changes in the post-recovery stage except using Vitamin D and sunscreen.

Prime advice to future clients is to look at the back of every SkinCeuticals purchase, the ingredients are listed on all sunscreens and products.

It is in the best interest of the practice to continue with clients working part-time or full-time on their skin needs.

How often should I get a chemical peel?

The recovery of a chemical peel depends on the pre-surgery mindset and excitement associated with the procedure. Thus, we recommend chemical peels to be done monthly except in superficial peels which can be done every two weeks or sooner per CDC recommendations.

Speaking to the teenage audience, we know teenage years come with small nuisances like searching for the ladder used in the evening. Getting a chemical peel every two weeks is easy. For the adults, it's not as much as a breeze especially with full-time schedules. Regardless, the benefits are quite substantial outweighing any other daytime option.

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