A peeling is a type of chemical exfoliation aimed at improving the appearance of the skin. Dead skin accumulates on the face over time, making its surface dull and uneven. Therefore, the capacity to absorb skin care products is reduced.

“Exfoliation is a fast, effective and minimally invasive method which improves the appearance and hydration of your skin.”


What does exfoliation (peeling) entail?

An acidic product is applied to your face to remove the superficial part of the skin, revealing the new underlying cells. The type, strength and quantity of acidic agent, as well as the length of its application influence the depth at which it penetrates the skin. Therefore, the degree of exfoliation can vary between low and superficial or deep and strong. The film of dead skin may not always be visible after exfoliation. The benefits of the treatment are there, whether you see the skin peel off or not.

Frequently asked questions

Dermabrasion is a surgical technique designed to improve the texture and superficial imperfections of the skin using mechanical friction similar to sanding. It is mainly used to correct acne scars and reduce the appearance of superficial wrinkles.

“The procedure should result in smoother, more beautiful skin, giving you a more youthful appearance overall.”

This procedure is done under local anesthesia on small isolated problematic areas; general anesthesia may be used if the entire face is treated. An abrasive device is applied to the skin to dislodge a thin layer of superficial skin cells; the skin then heals on its own.

Depending on how your skin responds to the exfoliation products, the procedure can take between 30 and 60 minutes.

A dermabrasion session generally lasts about 60 minutes, although its length can vary according the extent of the treatment.

There are no specific restrictions regarding physical activity. However, it is important to pay attention to skin care and avoid sun exposure. It is recommended to apply sunscreen and wear a hat when you go outdoors, regardless of weather conditions, to protect your face.

Your skin may redden after an exfoliation treatment, but the redness will dissipate over the following days. However, your must remember to moisturize your skin and protect it from the sun.

You may experience slight bleeding following dermabrasion. An ointment (Bacitracin) will be prescribed and no bandages will be applied to your face. Red, brown or black scabs may form on your skin. They will fall off within five to seven days. The new skin, which will be pink in color, will appear over the course of the following weeks. It is also important to keep it well hydrated and protect it from the sun by wearing sunscreen.

Our skin constantly regenerates over time. Touch-ups may be necessary after a few weeks or months. In general, the desired effects last longer with regular exfoliation sessions. As for dermabrasion, it is performed in multiple steps in order to obtain a more gradual, but visible improvement.

The cost of an exfoliation or dermabrasion session generally varies between $2,000 and $4,000. However, additional charges may apply if the patient has a particular condition or if different surgeries are combined.

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