Browsing Articles by category: Cosmetic Procedures

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Chemical Peels for Skin RejuvenationChemical Peels for Skin Rejuvenation

Got pigmentation problems, acne or fine lines? Find out more about chemical peels, how they work and whether they can help you.

Caring for Your Skin Post ProcedureCaring for Your Skin Post Procedure

After you’ve had a cosmetic treatment, your skin is especially sensitive. Here’s how to treat your skin following common procedures.

The Shifting Face of Plastic Surgery PatientsThe Shifting Face of Plastic Surgery Patients

The stereotypical plastic surgery patient has changed throughout the years. Find out who’s now clamoring for cosmetic procedures.

Comparing Professional and At-Home Treatments Comparing Professional and At-Home Treatments

To cut costs, many women opt for at-home skincare treatments over professional ones. Here, we review both professional and at-home options for the three most popular procedures.

What to Do After Getting a TattooWhat to Do After Getting a Tattoo

If skin isn’t properly cared for after getting a tattoo, you may risk an infection or damage to your tattoo. Follow these skin care tips to preserve both your healthy skin and body art.

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Q: Do chemical peels remove tattoos?

A: No, tattoo ink is injected into the epidermis and dermis, which are deeper layers of skin. Chemical peels can’t be applied safely to reach these levels, writes Dr. Zelickson. He suggests laser removal for tattoos instead.

Q: Who is allowed to perform chemical peels? Can I do them at home?

A: Peels should be administered by a licensed professional: a dermatologist, nurse, plastic surgeon or esthetician (though estheticians can’t perform deeper peels). At-home peels are also available, though professional peels will provide more dramatic results. For dull skin, try a weekly peel with “glycolic, lactic, citric and malic acids…or salicylic acid,” suggests dermatologist Doris J. Day, M.D., in Allure. Try MD Skincare Alpha Beta Daily Face Peel/2 Steps to reduce the look of lines and even out skin tone. At-home peels also help other skincare products penetrate better by removing dead skin, which can act as a barrier.

Q: Can chemical peels be performed more than once?

A: It depends on the peel’s strength. Mild or medium peels may require repeat treatments every few months to achieve the best results. However, “in general, a person cannot have repeated deep phenol peels,” warns Essig.

Q. When is it safe to shave over a tattoo?

A. The tattoo and surrounding skin should be completely healed before shaving. You’ll know the area has healed when there’s no peeling or irregularities (including bumps, scabs or raised areas). For most people, complete healing takes five to 10 days.

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