One of the oldest cosmetic treatments in the world, a chemical peel is an acid-based solution that can minimize lines and wrinkles caused by sun damage and aging by removing damaged outer layers of skin.
Who Should Get a Chemical Peel?
In general, fair-skinned, light-haired patients are ideal candidates for chemical peels. If you have darker skin, you may still benefit from treatment, but you will have a higher risk of uneven skin tone following your chemical peel.
What to Expect During Your Chemical Peel
Light chemical peels do not require anesthetic. For deeper peels, intravaneous sedation may be needed to minimize discomfort. Generally, your chemical peel will take about 15 minutes. Deeper peels may require more time.
Prior to your peel, a stringent cleansing solution will be applied to your face to eliminate grease or dirt from your pores. The cleansing agent may sting slightly, but this sensation will quickly pass. Next comes the actual peel. A chemical solution will be applied to the treatment area(s). You may experience a slight burning sensation as the peel is being applied. Several layers may be be applied to deepen the peel.
After about 10 minutes, the peel will be neutrilized and removed with cool water. A calming mask will then be applied to your skin for a few minutes.This will help your skin recover from the chemical peel.
A chemical peel can treat:
- Light scarring
- Sun damage
- Fine lines
- Enlarged pores
Your chemical peel will be custom formulated to address your specific areas of concern. After a chemical peel, your skin will look healthier, smoother, and more youthful. The final results will be determined by the number and strength of your peel(s). Chemical peels are most commonly used to treat facial regions, but they can also be used to rejuvenate other areas of the body including the chest, hands, arms, legs and neck.
After Your Treatment
Your recovery will depend on the strength of your peel. Lighter peels can lead to slight redness and peeling for a few days. Many patients liken this sensation to mild sunburn. Deeper peels will cause redness, swelling and peeling for up to two weeks. Ice packs and pain medication can be used to reduce discomfort. We will provide you with specific directions for cleansing and moisturizing during recovery.
You will need to protect your skin from direct sunlight for up to two weeks. After a light chemical peel, new skin will begin to develop in three to seven days. Deeper peels require up to two weeks. The amount of downtime required will depend on the strength of your peel. Light peels do not usually require time off from work. Deeper peels often require several days of recovery. More than one treatment may be needed to reach optimal results.