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A deep chemical peel is a specialized, comprehensive skin rejuvenation treatment. The chemicals applied to the skin surface affect more layers of skin. This treatment can only be performed once and is designed to treat people with deeper wrinkles, creases, and sagging skin, severe hyperpigmentation, or who have been diagnosed with precancerous growths or other skin conditions. The skin that grows back is far smoother, more supple, and youthful.

What will a deep chemical peel do for my skin?

If your skin has aged to the degree that you have extensive skin damage, sagging, jowls, and discolorations, you may be a candidate for this more aggressive chemical peel. The chemical applied for this treatment, phenol, penetrates deeper, reaching to the lower dermis. During treatment, you will be under general anesthesia and will not experience any discomfort. Once your skin has recovered, it will be softer, fresher, renewed, and free from skin discoloration (hyperpigmentation).

Deep chemical peel procedure

Before undergoing a deep chemical peel, your skin will be pre-treated, typically for up to two months, preparing your skin to accept the peel formula and to speed the healing process. You will be prescribed a pre-treatment product to apply in the weeks before your peel. On the day of your peel, you will arrive at our private clinic for the procedure. You will be administered general anesthesia, your face cleansed, and the chemical formula applied to your face. After the chemical treatment has done its work, your face will be rinsed with water to neutralize the effect. A special ointment or medicated gauze will be placed over the treated skin.

What is the recovery time?

Your skin will need about two weeks to heal, and during this time, your skin will crust over, peel, and will feel tight and uncomfortable. Discomfort can be managed with pain medication. As the days pass, your new, fresh skin will be revealed. You must avoid any exposure to the sun’s rays going forward. Your new skin is delicate and sensitive and must be treated with great care.

Long-lasting skin rejuvenation: Deep chemical peel

The results of a deep chemical peel are lasting – your facial skin has been significantly renewed. Most patients can enjoy more youthful, smooth, evenly-toned skin for up to a decade after a deep chemical peel.

Why choose Rousso Facial Plastic Surgery for a deep chemical peel?

As a world-renowned plastic surgeon specializing in the face and neck, Dr. Rousso has more than 30 years of experience and has gained worldwide recognition for his contributions to the fields of plastic surgery and hair restoration. A deep chemical peel should only be performed by a highly-qualified plastic surgeon to help avoid any complications or risks.

Dr. Rousso and Dr. Adams will never give you a result that looks artificial; your results will always look subtle, natural, and inherent. Our facility uses state-of-the-art medical equipment, and many of our staff have been with Dr. Rousso for more than 20 years.

We offer a patient experience above and beyond what you will find elsewhere, including concierge services on par with the best five-star hotels. Our friendly staff can help you arrange travel and hotel accommodations, lab appointments, sitters, aftercare, and many other services from start to finish. Patients interested in chemical peels should thoroughly discuss their facial concerns with our qualified plastic surgeons during their initial consultations at our Birmingham, Alabama clinic to determine which types are most suitable for them.


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.

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