In simple terminology, chemical peels use one of many types of acids to break down the top layer (or layers) of skin, with the goal of diminishing uneven skin tone, fine lines and wrinkles. Doing so rejuvenates the skin, stimulates the production of new healthy skin cells, and activates collagen production in the deeper skin tissues. Modern chemical peels are designed to introduce a controlled injury to the skin at a specific depth so that the stimulation and resultant tightening effects are achieved.
Can a chemical peel be done on a limited area of the face?
Yes, usually we can do a peel on a specific area of the face such as under the eyes or around the mouth.
Will I be able to wear makeup after my peel?
Your healing needs to be far enough along before you can resume wearing any makeup—usually several weeks. Dr. Adams or Dr. Rousso will give you medical clearance when appropriate.
How much downtime is required?
You should be able to resume regular activities in about two weeks. You will need to avoid sun exposure for several months.
Is a deep chemical peel better than a laser procedure?
A peel may be a better choice for severe wrinkles; a laser may be less effective and require several treatments.
When will the swelling go away?
Swelling may increase for a few days, peaking on the third day before it begins to subside.
How long will I feel stinging after my chemical peel?
The stinging feeling should dissipate after about eight hours.
Will I be able to shower after my chemical peel?
Yes, we encourage you to shower only with water numerous times per day and pat dry afterward. This will help your body slough off the old skin, promoting fresh new skin.