What is a Chemical Peel?

A chemical peel is a minimally-invasive procedure which can help correct the effects of sun exposure, smoking, acne or simply getting older.  These factors, and others, can leave your skin tone uneven, wrinkled, spotted or scarred. A chemical peel works by the application of a chemical solution to smooth the texture of your skin by removing the damaged outer layers.

Chemical peels are used mostly on the face but they can also sometimes be used to improve the skin on your neck and hands. Other benefits of a chemical peel include improvement in the appearance of:

•    Freckles
•    Age and liver spots
•    Acne scars
•    Lines and wrinkles
•    Rough skin; and
•    Scars

Chemical peels came in a range of levels with the strongest being suitable for those with deep wrinkles or extensive sun damage.  The chemical peel removes the top layers of the skin, revealing new, younger, fresher skin and patients report that the benefits of a chemical peel on the appearance of the skin can be significant.  You should talk to your plastic surgeon to ensure you select the correct chemical peel for your skin.

A full chemical peel takes 1-2 hours to perform and the patient may experience a mild burning sensation.  After the solution has been given a chance to do its work, the chemical solution is then wet with water to neutralize the solution.  After that a thick coating of petroleum jelly is applied to the area, which remains there for two days.  A mask is sometimes used instead of the jelly.

A few days after the procedure, new skin with a bright pink color will emerge.  This pink color will fade after a few days, leaving a newer, fresher complexion. In summary, the benefits of a chemical peel include:

•    The effects are long lasting
•    The effects can be very dramatic
•    Recovery time is relatively short
•    The procedure is non-invasive.

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