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.
How long before I can apply makeup?
You cannot apply makeup to your treated skin for at least two weeks.
How long is the downtime after a deep chemical peel?
You should plan on two to three weeks before you will feel ready to venture out and engage in social activities. People heal at varying rates, but this is an average.
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.
How long will it take for my skin to appear normal after a deep chemical peel?
You can expect to need about two to three weeks for the skin to shed, and new skin to be revealed. The new skin will look pink, but as the days pass, it will slowly fade to a natural tone.
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.