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Chemical peels can improve the skin's appearance. In this treatment, a chemical solution is applied to the skin, which makes it "blister" and eventually peel off. The new skin is usually smoother and less wrinkled than the old skin.

Chemical peels can be done on the face, neck, or hands. They can be used to:

Areas of sun damage may improve after chemical peeling.

After a chemical peel, skin is temporarily more sensitive to the sun, so wear sunscreen every day. It should say "broad-spectrum" on the label, meaning it protects against the sun's UVA and UVB rays. Also, it should be a physical sunscreen and be above SPF 30. Limit your time in the sun, especially between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., and wear a wide-brimmed hat.

Who Is a Good Candidate For a Chemical Peel?

Generally, fair-skinned and light-haired patients are better candidates for chemical peels. If you have darker skin, you may also have good results, depending upon the type of problem being treated. But you also may be more likely to have an uneven skin tone after the procedure.

Skin sags, bulges, and more severe wrinkles do not respond well to chemical peels. They may need other kinds of cosmetic surgical procedures, such as laser resurfacing, a faceliftbrow lifteyelid lift, or soft tissue filler (collagen or fat). A dermatologic surgeon can help determine the most appropriate type of treatment for you.








How Chemical Peels Are Done

First your skin will be cleaned thoroughly. Then one or more chemical solutions -- such as glycolic acid, trichloroacetic acid, salicylic acidlactic acid -will be applied to small areas of your skin. That creates a controlled wound, letting new skin take its place.

During a chemical peel, most people feel a burning sensation that lasts about five to ten minutes, followed by a stinging sensation. Putting cool compresses on the skin may ease that stinging. 


What To Expect After the Chemical Peel

Depending upon the type of chemical peel, a reaction similar to sunburn occurs following the procedure. Peeling usually involves redness followed by scaling that ends within three to seven days. Mild peels may be repeated at one to four-week intervals until you get the look you're after.

We perform Mild and Medium-depth peeling  in our clinic. Medium-depth peels may be repeated in six to 12 months, if necessary.

You'll need to avoid the sun after a chemical peel since your new skin will be fragile.

Before You Get a Chemical Peel

  • No sun exposure for 2 weeks

  • No exfoliating 3 days prior

  • No waxing/depilatory creams for 2 weeks

  • No bleaching agents



Important Contraindications of Chemical Peels

You should not have a chemical peel if:

  • you will continue to have excessive sun exposure.

  • Active Herpes Simplex (have a doctor prescribe Zovirax for you),

  • Warts, history of Keloidal scarring, any type of recent facial surgical procedures.

  • Accutane in the last year (it will increase your chances of scarring),

  •  you are pregnant or lactating

  • any auto immune diseases

  • any recent radioactive or Chemotherapy treatments

  •  have sunburn, windburn or broken skin

  •  have recently waxed or have recently used a depilatory such as Nair or use Vaniqua.

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