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What Is a Chemical Peel?

A chemical peel is an exfoliating skin treatment performed with a clinical-grade chemical solution. The chemical peel safely but powerfully removes the dead skin cells from the top layer of your skin, revealing the luminous, healthy skin underneath. The goal of a chemical peel is to resurface the skin by inducing new cells to come to the surface of your skin, and to simultaneously boost metabolism to promote smoother, glowing skin.

Call our office to learn more about obtaining chemical peels in Spokane with Dr. Morimoto’s outstanding medical team, or explore the other non-invasive treatments we offer.

How Does a Chemical Peel Work?

A chemical peel treatment is composed of clinical-grade ingredients that safely exfoliate and peel off the dead, superficial layers of the skin. Typically, these dead skin cells carry dirt, oils, and congestion, making your skin look dull and tired. Removing these dead skin cells reveals new skin cells and gives your skin a fresh and younger-looking appearance.

Chemical peels also improve overall skin health by stimulating the production of collagen and elastin, which helps de-age the look of the skin and keeps the skin firm, supple, and bouncy. All of these benefits result in beautiful, radiant, and even-toned skin. Our Spokane chemical peels are most often applied to the face, but they can also be applied to the neck and hands to revitalize these often-neglected areas.

What Are Chemical Peels Used To Treat?

Treating your skin with professional chemical peels can help address:

  • Damaged skin
  • Signs of aging
  • Superficial scarring
  • Certain types of acne and acne scarring
  • Environmental and UV damage to the skin
  • Fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes and mouth
  • Hyperpigmentation, skin discoloration, and uneven skin tone

If you would like to learn more about how a chemical peel can transform the look of your skin, connect with our friendly Spokane team today.

What Is The Process Like?

Your chemical peel procedure will take place in our Spokane office. Most of our chemical peels take about 30 to 60 minutes, depending on the depth and intensity of the peel.

Your appointment will start with skin prep. During this step, your skin is thoroughly cleansed by our skilled esthetician. The chemical peel solution is then applied to your skin using a brush or sponge. This solution contains clinical-grade ingredients, including an exfoliating acid, such as glycolic or salicylic acid. Though the treatment is painless, you might feel a temporary slight burning or stinging sensation while the solution works on your skin.

After the solution has been applied to the target area, the chemical peel treatment will be left on your skin for a specific time period. Once the treatment is completed, the solution is neutralized and removed, and sunscreen is applied.

What Is Recovery Like?

The recovery process for your chemical peel will be very straightforward. Your skin may appear slightly pink and feel tight immediately post-treatment. However, the pinkness will disappear by the time you leave your appointment. Your skin should remain smooth and tight-looking for a day or two, then start flaking or peeling. This peeling process generally takes three to five days, depending on the intensity of the treatment solution. Keep in mind that deeper chemical peels performed in our Spokane office will require a longer recovery time, but they will also offer more dramatic results.

How To Prepare Your Skin Before Your Appointment

If you are wondering how to best prepare your skin for your chemical peel procedure, here are some tips:

  • Stay hydrated
  • Do not get a chemical peel right before an important event
  • Do not exfoliate the treatment area prior to your procedure
  • Do not use anti-aging or anti-acne medications prior to your procedure

Questions or concerns? Reach out to our Spokane office today to set up a customized chemical peel consultation.

Caring For Your Skin Following Your Chemical Peel

To get the best results from your professional chemical peel, it is important that you take proper care of your skin. Be sure that you:

  • Avoid touching your skin
  • Always wear sunscreen and protect your skin from the sun
  • Do not over-exfoliate your skin or apply harsh products to it
  • Avoid workouts or any situation that will expose your skin to moisture
  • Wait 24 hours before washing your skin with a gentle cleanser and cool water

Following these recovery tips will help ensure great results from your chemical peel once you leave our Spokane office.

Reveal Beautifully Radiant Skin With a Chemical Peel in Spokane

If you are looking for a treatment that safely and effectively treats a variety of facial skin concerns—including signs of aging, wrinkles, fine lines, hyperpigmentation, acne, scarring, and dull skin—our chemical peels may be right for you. This treatment can help dramatically improve the health of your skin. With exceptional chemical peel treatments administered in-house at our comfortable office, our team—led by dedicated plastic surgeon Dr. Kai Morimoto—can help transform your skin.

Successfully improve the appearance of acne, dullness, texture, and uneven skin tone with our chemical peel treatments. For more information about chemical peels in Spokane, book your initial consultation today.

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What Is the Procedure Like?

Most chemical peels take about 30 to 60 minutes, depending on the depth of the peel. The appointment starts with skin prep. Before applying the chemical solution, the aesthetician will first cleanse your skin, then a solution is applied to your skin using a tool like a brush or sponge. This solution contains an exfoliating acid, like glycolic or salicylic acid. You might feel a temporary slight burning or stinging sensation while the solution is processing on your skin. After leaving the solution on your skin for a specific amount of time, the solution is neutralized and sunscreen is applied.

What is Recovery Like?

Your skin may appear slightly pink and feel tight post treatment. The redness usually disappears by the time you leave your appointment. Your skin should remain very smooth and tight looking for a day or two, then start flaking or peeling. This peel process generally take 3 to 5 days depending on the intensity of the acid solution used.

Reasons to Consider a Chemical Peel

  • Brightens and evens skin tone
  • Helps reduce hyperpigmentation and brown spots
  • Helps to improve skin texture concerns and scarring
  • Brightens sun damaged skin

Talk with one of our team members to discuss scheduling a chemical peel in Spokane.

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