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    Proper Use of Chemical and Physical Exfoliants

    Last updated 1 year ago

    Along with topical antioxidants and sunscreen, an exfoliant is one of the most important tools for healthy skin. This video discusses types of exfoliants and proper practices for using them.

    Physical exfoliants manually remove dead skin cells from the exterior of the face. Chemical exfoliants rely upon compounds that dissolve bonds that keep dead skin cells attached to the epidermis. Chemical peels in particular can substantially enhance the appearance of skin by ridding it of dull, dead cells. Plastic surgeons and other cosmetic experts caution exfoliant users against applying chemical and physical exfoliants at the same time, as the intensity of such a treatment could damage skin.

    Dr. R. Scott Yarish, M.D. provides a wide array of skin-enhancing treatments, including chemical peels, at our Houston area office. Call (713) 469-3449 to make an appointment. 

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    What You Can Expect During and After Your Chemical Peel

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    Are you about to undergo your first chemical peel? If so, you might have some questions regarding what will happen during your procedure and how long it will take for your skin to heal. Speaking with your plastic surgeon is the ideal way to have your questions and concerns addressed before receiving a chemical peel. The following information can also help you become better acquainted with this commonly performed cosmetic treatment.

    The Process

    Depending on the intensity of your chemical peel procedure, your plastic surgeon may decide to administer oral, topical, or intravenous medication to alleviate any potential discomfort. Once you are comfortable, he spreads a thin, even application of chemical exfoliant to dissolve the upper layer of your skin. A mild chemical peel may require that this solution remain on your skin for only a few minutes. More concentrated peels might require longer times or repeat applications. Your physician might also put on a compress to minimize swelling. Once the procedure is complete, your doctor can apply a protective lotion and bandages to calm the skin and protect it from outside elements. 

    The Recovery

    Your plastic surgeon might recommend that you rest on the day of your procedure, especially if you have taken any painkiller or sedative medications. He will likely schedule a follow up appointment within a day of your treatment to evaluate your skin and confirm that it is healing as expected. You may need to return to your doctor’s office in the week after your chemical peel to have your bandages changed and skin examined. As your initial wounds heal and the new skin becomes more resilient, you can slowly begin to return to your normal everyday activities.

    Dr. R. Scott Yarish, M.D. is available to discuss your chemical peel questions and options. Our Houston office provides more than a half-dozen chemical peels. For more information on our full range of enhancement services, call (713) 469-3449 today. 

    Guidelines for Exercising After a Chemical Peel

    Last updated 1 year ago

    Getting a chemical peel for facial enhancement shouldn’t come at the expense of your physique. Exercise is an important component of a fit and healthy life, but individuals who undergo chemical peels must temporarily adjust their workout regimen to allow proper skin recovery. If you are about to undergo a chemical peel, keep in mind these guidelines as your face heals from your cosmetic procedure:

    Work Out Indoors

    Consider the reasons why people get chemical peels. Many of these reasons stem from sun damage, which causes fine lines, sunspots, and hyperpigmentation. When vulnerable skin that’s newly exposed from a chemical peel endures sun exposure, it can result in substantial harm. As you resume your exercise routine, work out inside or reschedule your physical fitness sessions to evenings when the sun doesn’t present a problem.

    Avoid Physical Contact

    Many plastic surgeons advise patients to apply only gentle pressure when cleansing or moisturizing their skin after a chemical peel. This is because the skin is extremely sensitive and prone to damage if handled too roughly. Any physical activity that could potentially result in forceful contact with facial skin should be put on hold until a plastic surgeon deems it safe. Soccer, basketball, and even tennis could present a problem should you run into a wayward player or ball.

    Consult Your Physician

    In the days immediately following your chemical peel, your doctor might recommend abstaining from all exercise so your skin can heal. Prior to resuming your workout sessions, speak with your physician for his approval. Your plastic surgeon can determine which activities may pose a problem for your skin and instruct you on how to properly protect your face when you restart your exercise regimen.

    Dr. R. Scott Yarish, M.D. can help you achieve the appealing appearance you want. Our office offers an extensive array of both minimally invasive and extensive cosmetic procedures for men and women in the greater Houston community. Call (713) 469-3449 or visit our website to find out more about chemical peels, tummy tucks, and facelifts. 

    A Look at Different Types of Chemical Peels

    Last updated 1 year ago

    Chemical peels are among the most popular ways to refresh and restore your appearance, but choosing the right type of peel is not always an easy task for beginners. 

    In this video, you will get a closer look at the types of chemical peels used today. Superficial peels, or light peels, are the most commonly performed type of chemical peel. These peels utilize glycolic acid to make the skin smoother, restore sheen and luster, and create a more even skin tone. Watch this clip to learn more.

    Dr. R. Scott Yarish, M.D., offers a wide variety of non-surgical rejuvenation treatments and chemical peels, including the Obagi Blue peel and the Radiance Peel. Learn more about your options by calling our Houston office at (713) 469-3449. 



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