We understand that having beautiful and flawless skin is a priority for many people. With this goal in mind, periodic chemical peels can be helpful. Many people experience fewer wrinkles and a smoother complexion after a peel. Knowing what to expect after this procedure can help you determine if a chemical peel is right for you!
Reasons for Treatment
We counsel patients that chemical peels can help reduce subtle signs of aging. For example, those tiny crow’s feet that appear under the eyes and the superficial ones around the mouth can fade appreciably after this treatment. Even acne and some mild scarring can be less pronounced following this procedure. Freckles, age spots, and wrinkles caused by the sun may also look noticeably better.
The actual treatment is quite simple, and we perform it as an outpatient procedure. After thoroughly cleaning the skin, we apply a special chemical solution to small surface areas. The chemicals create superficial wounds, which will then heal with new skin.
What to Expect
Patients should anticipate having more sensitive skin after this procedure. Many people compare the recovery to what it feels like after having a serious sunburn. Redness is typical initially, and dry scaling generally follows within about one week. Swelling and blistering are also normal side effects, and could last for up to two weeks.
The treated skin will be much more likely to be damaged from harsh UVA and UVB rays after chemical peels. The best course of action is to stay out of the sun as much as possible, especially in the middle of the day when the rays are strongest.
If you’re interested in learning more, our helpful staff will be happy to explain the entire treatment process in person, along with recommendations for any repeated procedures to maintain youthful looking skin.