Chemical peeling is used to improve the skin's appearance by applying a chemical solution to the skin, causing the top layers of skin to separate and peel off. The new skin is smoother, less wrinkled, and may be more even in color. We may enhance the results of a chemical peel with laser/light-based rejuvenation techniques, or combine with another procedure, such as dermal fillers or botulinum rejuvenation. A thorough evaluation by our doctor will help determine what best meets your needs.
What Can a Chemical Peel Do?
Reduce fine lines, especially under the eyes and around the mouth.
Treat mild scarring and certain types of acne.
Diminish skin discoloration, such as sun spots, age spots, liver spots, freckles, or blotchiness.
Refresh skin texture and color.
How Are Chemical Peels Performed?
Prior to treatment, you may be instructed to stop certain medications and prepare the skin with pre-conditioning creams, which you would apply at home for a period of time. A chemical peel is usually performed involving the following:
Cleansing the skin with an agent that removes excess oils; eyes and hair are protected.
Applying the peel to the designated location (face, neck, chest, hands, arms, or legs), using one or more chemical solutions, such as glycolic acid, salicylic acid, lactic acid, or carbolic acid (phenol). We also use some imported fruit peels for pigmentation . Using the proper peeling agent (superficial, medium or deep) based upon the type of skin damage present and your desired results.
During a chemical peel, most patients experience a warm to hot sensation that may last about 5 to 10 minutes and may be followed by some stinging. A deeper peel can be more painful and require medication during or after the procedure, and require a longer recovery time.
What Should Be Expected After Treatment?
To minimize the reappearance of lesions and lines, we HIGHLY recommend daily use of a broad-spectrum (blocks ultraviolet A and ultraviolet B rays) sunscreen. Depending upon the type of peel applied, there may be a mild to severe sunburn-like sensation. The gentlest type of peel, a superficial peel, usually produces redness, which is followed by scaling that lasts three to five days. Medium-depth and deep peels can result in swelling and blisters that may break, crust, turn brown, and peel off over a period of seven to 14 days or longer.