A chemical peel is a non-surgical procedure to resurface the skin. A peel can make the skin smoother and improve fine lines and wrinkles, blemishes, acne, acne scars, uneven skin tone, rosacea and sun damage. There are a variety of peels of different depths. The deeper the peel, the greater the results but the longer the recovery time.
Mild or superficial peels are usually made of alphahydroxy acids (AHAs); moderate peels are usually made of glycolic acid; deep or aggressive peels are usually made of trichloroacetic acid (ACA) or a mixture of different acids. You might need more than one peel to achieve the results you want.
At the Center for Facial and Body Rejuvenation, our board-certified facial plastic surgeons approach every procedure individually. We spend time with you to understand what you wish to correct, and we examine you carefully to determine the best plan to achieve your goals. We have extensive experience with chemical peels and can help you determine the best peel for your skin.
Your Chemical Peel Procedure
Two to four weeks prior to your peel, you may begin treating your skin with certain prescription strength products available through our office.
On the day of your peel, we will start by cleansing your skin. You may receive local anesthesia, and a topical anesthetic may then be applied. The chemical formula is applied to the skin and remains for a short time before it is removed. Most chemical peels take about a half hour to complete.
You can also take pain relievers prior to your peel to minimize discomfort. For moderate and aggressive peels, you will receive oral sedation and local anesthesia.
Recovering from a Chemical Peel
You can be driven home immediately after your chemical peel, but you will have after-effects for about two weeks. The deeper the peel, the more significant these symptoms will be. If you have had a mild peel, the symptoms will also be milder and will resolve more quickly. These symptoms include tenderness, redness, swelling, and peeling/crusting of the skin.
Prior to your procedure, we will discuss with you how long you should plan to miss work after your peel. If you experience discomfort, you can take either non-prescription or prescription pain medication.
We can provide you with a gentle cleanser and skin care products to ease discomfort and speed healing. Please also wear sunscreen when outdoors, as your skin will be more vulnerable to sunburn.
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