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As we age, our skin slows in its ability to slough off dead cells and regenerate new, healthy cells. Thus, dead cells stay on the surface of the skin longer, making our skin appear dull and wrinkles look more prominent. At Acadian Skin Care and Laser Center, we offer micropeel treatments to help eliminate these early signs of aging. Micropeels bring radiance back to the skin by gently removing the top layer of skin cells, exfoliating deeper layers of skin with a penetrating chemical solution and soothing the skin with the application of a daily protective cream. Also called the “lunch-break” facial, this quick, non-invasive treatment leaves behind youthful, radiant skin.
What is a Micropeel? A micropeel is a three-step process performed by the staff of the Skin Care and Laser Center to remove dead skin cells and stimulate collagen production in deeper layers of skin. Each step is a beneficial treatment in and of itself, but combined, this three-step process packs an impressive rejuvenating punch.
- Dermaplaning: We will use a small, sterile blade to gently remove the top layer of dead cells from the surface of the skin by moving the blade in an upward motion across the treatment area. Dermaplaning stimulates cell regeneration and primes the skin for chemical exfoliation. Dermaplaning the skin has the added benefit of removing the small vellus hair or “peach fuzz” from your face, making your skin feel smooth and your makeup look flawless.
- Chemical exfoliation: An Alpha-Hydroxy acid (AHA) exfoliant is applied to the skin with a brush to remove the top layer of skin, known as the epidermis. The AHA will penetrate into deeper levels of skin to remove dead cells from pores and stimulate collagen production. The type of chemical exfoliant used will depend on your skin type and desired results. The most commonly used AHAs are glycolic acid (derived from sugar cane) or lactic acid (derived from sour milk).
- Application of Protective Cream: The cream is applied to help shield your skin from environmental stressors after the peel, promote healing, and reduce inflammation.
A micropeel rejuvenates your skin and reveals a youthful glow by:
- Minimizing fine lines and wrinkles
- Decreasing or eliminating hyperpigmentation (dark spots or patches)
- Improving skin tone and texture
- Smoothing out imperfections
- Stimulating collagen production
Depending on your skin type and desired results, a micropeel can be repeated monthly. Patients with sensitive skin may need to increase the amount of time between treatments.
In general, four to six repeat treatments are recommended to obtain optimal results. Once your desired results are achieved, your doctor may suggest a maintenance plan to help you retain your youthful appearance. Micropeel treatments are not permanent; however, consistent treatments have a cumulative effect, building upon one another to revitalize your skin and leave you with a beautiful, smooth complexion.
It must be noted that micropeels are not suitable for those with active breakouts or acne.
What Can I Expect on the Day of my Micropeel?
On the day of your micropeel you can expect a relaxing 30 – 45 minutes at our Skin Care and Laser Center. Our trained staff will assess your skin and discuss your goals and concerns. Your face will be cleaned and dried. We will begin dermaplaning your skin in small sections by holding the skin taut and making gentle upward movements with the specialized blade. This is not painful and should feel like gentle scraping.
Once your entire face has been dermaplaned, an AHA (usually lactic or glycolic acid) is applied to the face and left on the skin for a set amount of time. When first applied, the AHA may tingle or sting, but this is normal and should subside quickly. After the AHA has been on your skin for the required amount of time, we will neutralize the solution to stop the exfoliation process. Your micropeel treatment will finish with the application of a protective cream that will feel cool and refreshing, and should alleviate any residual stinging from the AHA.
Recovery and Downtime
The micropeel procedure is also called a “lunch-break facial” because it is minimally invasive, can be done over your lunch hour, and allows you to return to work and normal activities immediately afterward. Redness or swelling can occur but are usually mild and subside quickly. Applying cold compresses can help relieve both symptoms. While minimal side effects are expected with a micropeel, patients and skin types are unique and therefore varying side effects can occur. If you have any concerns, please contact the staff at the Acadian Skin Care and Laser Center to discuss your symptoms.
While there is little to no downtime with a micropeel, be aware that you may have increased sensitivity to sunlight, makeup and soaps afterward. To decrease sensitivity, use a mild soap to wash your face, be conscientious of your use of makeup and lotions, and wear sunscreen at all times. In the days immediately following a micropeel, it is best to avoid sun exposure.
If you are tired of lackluster, dull skin, the experienced staff at the Acadian Skin Care and Laser Center can help. Call Acadian today at (337) 234-6193 to schedule a consultation and learn how a micropeel can give you a rejuvenated, youthful glow here in Lafayette, Louisiana.