Chemical peels are used to improve the appearance of the skin on the face, neck or hands. A chemical solution is applied to the skin. This causes it to exfoliate and eventually peel off. The new, regenerated skin is usually smoother and less wrinkled than the old skin. These peels can be uses to treat wrinkles or fine lines under the eyes and around the mouth that could be caused by sun damage or aging. These peels could also improve the appearance of mild scars, age spots, freckles, or dark patches due to pregnancy or taking birth control pills.
Before a chemical peel, please let our staff know if you have any history of scarring, cold sores that continuously come back or other skin issues. We may also ask you for a list of medications you are taking at the time of the peel.
Chemical peels start by one of our staff cleansing your skin thoroughly. Then we will apply a chemical solution to small areas of the skin. This will create a controlled wound that your new skin will take its place. During a peel, most patients feel a slight burning sensation that only lasts a few minutes, following by a stinging sensation. To ease the stinging, we will apply a cool compress to the skin.
After some peels, some patients have a reaction similar to that of a sunburn. you may need dressings or bandages for several days on part or all of the skin that was treated during the peel. You will also need to avoid the sun as much as possible. Peeling, at times, involves redness and scaling that is over in three to seven days after the chemical peel. Milder peels may be done from one to four week intervals until you get your desired look. Medium to deep peels, at times, result in swelling along with blisters. These deeper peels need longer healing time(about seven to fourteen days). Medium to deep peels, if necessary, may be repeated in six to twelve months.