Chemical Peels

Alpha Hydroxy or Chemical Peels help restore wrinkled, lightly scarred, or blemished facial skin. The chemicals strip off the top layers of skin, and new, younger-looking skin grows back.

The chemical peel procedure is very effective for deeper lines around the upper lip but cannot be performed around the eyes.

Chemical peels may be done as stand alone procedures or in conjunction with other treatments. Partial chemical peels are often done in conjunction with a face-lift or antioxidant treatments.

Chemicals usedin facial peels include: trichloroacetic acid, high concentrations of alpha hydroxy or beta hydroxy acids.

Antioxidant pre-treatments or combination treatments include use of tretinoin [Vitamin A] and Vitamin C. Antioxidants can enhance the effects of a peel and reduce the risk of discoloration in people at risk for this complication.


Chemical Peel Procedure

  1. Antioxidants are applied 4-6 weeks before and starting one day after the peel.
  2. Dermatologist applies chemicals to the skin.
  3. A crust or a scab forms within 24 hours after surgery. This can be removed by gentle cleansing with soap and water.


Chemical Peel Treatment After Care

The skin heals in 6-7 days

The new skin becomes visible, and is deep red but gradually lightens as it regenerates. Exposure to the sun should be prevented for up to 2 months.


Complications of Chemical Peels

Complications can include white heads, cold sores, infection, scarring, numbness, and permanent discoloration, particularly in people with darker skin. Refinements in the procedure are continuing to reduce the incident of complications.


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Other skin resurfacing treatments include:

Skin Exfoliation

Microdermabrasion and Dermabrasion

Laser Resurfacting

L.E.D Therapy