Laser peels, like chemical peels, involve treating the skin surface to a certain depth to replace the superficial skin with new, healthy, vibrant skin. They also induce a collagen building response, kicking the cells that make collagen into gear. The weekend peel is a great balance of power and function, giving a typical healing time of 2 days, so a treatment late in the week lets your heal over the weekend.
What is the Weekend Peel?
The Weekend peel is a laser peel based on the erbium laser, which is absorbed by the water in the skin. The laser treats the superficial skin by ablating, or vaporizing it, and continues deeper into the skin where it is absorbed by water. This heats the deeper layers of skin, where the collagen and the cells that build collagen reside. Building new collagen has benefits of thickening the skin and attracting more water into the skin, giving it a healthy look and feel.
What does the Weekend Peel Treat?
The weekend peel is great for treating:
- Sun damage
- Pigment changes
- Age spots
- Large pores
- Skin texture irregularities
- Acne scarring
- Aging skin
It has less of an effect on the pink and red coloration to the skin, which is better dealt with by Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) Photofacials.
Who is a Good Candidate for the Weekend Peel?
People that have the conditions above and generally a lighter skin tone do well with the Weekend Peel. There is no age limit, as those with younger and more aged skin benefit from the results of the erbium laser peel. Darker skinned individuals may run the risk of having long term pigment changes in treated areas, so lower settings, or another treatment modality such as a chemical peel or microneedling may be better.
What is a Does a Weekend Peel Treatment Involve?
The Weekend Peel is typically done without numbing creams, and with the use of a chiller to keep the skin cool for the duration of the treatment. The treatment feels like heat on the skin in the areas being treated and is generally well tolerated. Once an area is treated, a healing ointment is applied and the next part of the face is addressed until the entire face has been treated. The entire process generally takes less than 30 minutes.
What is The Healing Process After the Weekend Peel?
The laser treatment itself is the start of a process of a skin peel. There is a period of peeling, which usually lasts for 2 days, followed by a period of skin regrowth, which lasts 2-4 days. A healing balm is worn at all times during the peeling phase, and a moisturizer is used while the skin is replaced.
Immediately after treatment, the treated areas of the skin are typically pink after treatment. This may increase over the next several hours. During this phase of healing, frequent face washing, 4 times daily, followed by the application of a healing balm, is done regularly.
The day after a treatment typically has the skin with a light pink coloration, with the dark pigmented areas of the skin a little darker than before. The skin care regimen of frequent face washing with healing balm application is continued throughout the day.
Two days after treatment, the change in appearance is less noticeable, and this phase of healing is usually when we transition from a healing balm to a moisturizer, which can be worn under makeup. The frequent moisturizer application ensures that the skin does not dry out while it is being replaced by rejuvenated skin, and is continued until the peel is completed.
Weekend Peel FAQ
Q: I wear a SPF 30 product every day. Is this good to use after a peel?
A: Sunblocks after a laser procedure (or even IPL Photofacials) are a must, though I personally would like patients to be on SPF 45+, and reapply every two hours. All laser and light treatments tend to sensitize the skin to the sun’s effects, and strong sun protection and avoidance get the best results.
Q: Can I do a Weekend Peel if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?
A: One of the best parts of the Weekend Peel is that it does not require numbing creams, which I do not like to use in pregnant or nursing mothers. This is a great treatment for nursing mothers, as medications are avoided, and risks are minimal. Though. I cannot imagine how this would interfere with pregnancy, I do not do laser and light treatments on expecting mothers.
Q: What can I do to get the best results from a Weekend Peel?
A: Medical grade skin care combined with a resurfacing procedure gives the best results. For the Weekend Peel, I recommend a Renova (a vitamin A product paired with a moisturizer) for 2 months before the procedure, along with a skin lightener and Vitamin C serum. These are stopped 4 days before the procedure and restarted once healing has completed. The best results from the procedure are obtained in people that have done the whole skin care regimen paired with the ideal laser treatment for their skin.