Chemical peels are designed to help to reduce wrinkles, sun-damage, blotchy skin and uneven pigmentation, ultimately restoring your skin’s youthful appearance. The type of chemical peel being received will determine the specific aspects of the procedure. Below is a general protocol of a chemical peel procedure.
Your skin will be thoroughly cleansed and if necessary, a topical anesthetic will be applied to the targeted area.
The chemical peel solution will then be applied. Patients can expect to feel a slight tingling or stinging sensation as the peel is being applied.
Once the peel solution has set on the skin for the prescribed amount of time, it is washed off with water.
A soothing ointment will then be applied.
Your doctor will provide you with aftercare instructions and prescribe a mild pain reliever for any discomfort following the procedure.
Multiple chemical peels may be necessary depending on the strength of the peel received and the patient’s skin condition.
Depending on the type of peel received will determine the length of recovery time. Some patients can resume normal daily activities immediately following treatment, while other, more intense treatments may require patients to take a week off from work for optimal recovery.
While there are rarely any complications associated with chemical peels, certain risks do exist, including scarring, swelling, infection, cold sore outbreaks and possible changes in skin tone. To help reduce side effects associated with chemical peels it is important to provide your doctor with a complete medical history and follow the instructions provided by your doctor carefully.