Medical peels can improve facial wrinkles and mild scarring. In a medical peel, natural acids or chemical agents are applied to the skin, which makes it peel off in layers. A medical peel will improve the tone, texture, and clarity of your skin; reduce age spots, freckles, and hyper-pigmentation, including melasma; soften lines and wrinkles; clear acne skin conditions, reduce or phase out acne scars; stimulate the production of collagen, for firmer, more youthful skin. The chemical peel procedure, although prescribed mainly for cosmetic purposes, is used therapeutically as well.
Medical Peels – What to Expect
Medical peels are performed in our office. In all medical peels, you will be given medications to relax you and relieve any discomfort. These medications will be administered a short time before your surgery. Your skin will be thoroughly cleansed with an agent that reduces excess oils; your eyes and hair will also be protected.
A small applicator will be used to apply the peeling agent to one small area of your face. You might feel a slight burning sensation when the chemical solution is applied, but it will quickly diminish. The procedure can last from 20 minutes to one hour or more, depending on the extent of the peel.
For a few days after your peel, your skin will feel as though it has as been severely sunburned. If you find you have some discomfort, you can alleviate it with medications. After chemical peels, swelling of the affected area is to be expected.
As your skin heals from your medical peel, the skin will begin to peel, and some tingling and itching may occur. Cool compresses can reduce any discomfort. After the skin peels off, your skin might appear quite pink. This coloration will fade a few weeks after your peel. During this period, special ointments, soaps, and cosmetics may be recommended. Your skin must not be exposed to direct or reflected sunlight for several months after chemical peels, and you should wear sunscreen at all times when outdoors.