“Chemical peel” – it may sound a bit scary, but it is actually a very popular skin treatment. Read on for more information about chemical peels and how this procedure can help you.

What is a chemical peel?

In a chemical peel procedure, a chemical solution is applied to the skin of the neck, hands, or face. The chemicals make the top layer of the skin blister and peel off, and new skin grows back that is smoother and younger looking.

There are three different kinds of chemical peels. A light peel only removes the upper layer, a medium peel removes the middle layer, and a deep peel removes the skin cells that are very deep down. Your doctor will decide on which type of peel to use, depending on what issues you are having with your skin and what results you want to see. The procedure is done in-office and typically only takes around 15 minutes, although a deep peel may take longer.

What skin problems can a chemical peel help?

Chemical peels make the skin look better by treating wrinkles, fine lines, and acne, and freckles, age spots, or other kinds of discoloration. They don’t help severe wrinkles or saggy skin – your doctor can recommend another procedure to help with these issues. A chemical peel can be used in combination with other cosmetic procedures.

What happens after a chemical peel?

Your skin will be dry, red, and irritated. If you’ve had a medium or a deep peel, your skin may sting or burn. You may need an over-the-counter pain reliever or a painkiller, which your doctor will prescribe. Your doctor may ask you to come back, so he or she can monitor your healing. You may also need repeat treatments.

In about two weeks, the area will have new skin – make sure you stay out of the sun as much as possible while healing, and wear sunscreen.

If you are looking for a way to refresh your skin, a chemical peel may be the answer. Specialists in Plastic Surgery in Raleigh, North Carolina, can help you decide if a chemical peel is the right procedure for you, and they can also discuss all of your other options. Call (919) 785-0505 for a consultation today!

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