A chemical peel is an aesthetic procedure performed to achieve better skin tone, reduce signs of sun damage, even out skin discoloration and remove fine wrinkles. The chemical solution removes the outer layer of skin that may have pigmentation problems, acne scars, sun damage, wrinkles and other signs of aging. Removing this outer skin layer prompts the body to generate a new layer of healthy skin cells. Chemical peels may not be appropriate for darker skin complexions.
Reasons for choosing a chemical peel:
- Reduce facial wrinkles and remove fine lines
- Remove sun-damaged skin
- Correct pigmentation problems
- Lighten acne scars
- Treatment of pre-cancerous skin lesions
Chemical peels are usually performed in the office with the patient lying comfortably on the procedure table. Oral anti-anxiety medication may be given to help with relaxation. The peel solution is then applied by the physician to the areas of concern.
Redness and mild swelling are expected after chemical peeling. Patients are given thick, restorative cream to apply to the face several times daily. After a few days, the skin will begin to flake and “peel” away. Facial cream and moisturizer are continued until healing is complete. Patients who have recently used Accutane are prohibited from undergoing most facial procedures. Alert the surgeon if you have used this medication within the previous 6 months.