What is a chemical peel?
A chemical peel uses exfoliating solutions such as Trichloroacetic acid (TCA), Phenol, or Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs) to remove damaged or aged layers of skin to reveal the softer, more youthful skin underneath.
How should I prep my skin before the chemical peel?
Prepping the skin before the procedure will help your skin peel more evenly, reduce the risk of other complications such as uneven skin color, and help the healing process after the peel. For safety reasons, Dr. Weniger will not perform a deep peel on anyone who is not on a medical skin care system before the procedure.
How is a chemical peel performed?
The chemical peel is usually done in the office. It involves first removing the oil from the skin, then applying the peeling agent. This acid is left on the skin until the desired depth is achieved as iced gauze is placed over the skin for comfort. Finally, ointment is placed over the skin when the peel is complete. This process takes 30-60 minutes.
What is the recovery time for a chemical peel?
Recovery time after a chemical peel is dependant on the type and depth of peel. After a chemical peel procedure, your skin may feel tight or sunburned. The proper skin care regimen is important to speed up the healing process, enhance results, prevent infections, and skin color changes. Cleansing, moisturizing, using sunscreen are highly recommended after a chemical peel. Avoid sun exposure during the early healing period. In addition, do not attempt excessive facial expressions for a few days after the procedure, which can lead to tearing and bleeding of the skin. And do NOT peel off any loose skin, as this can result in scarring.
What are the risks of a chemical peel?
While side effects are rare, chemical peels are associated with some risk. They include redness, swelling, crusting of the skin, itching, and infection. Additionally, temporary or permanent changes in the skin color can occur.
What results should I expect?
The results of a chemical peel vary depending on the peel that you receive. A superficial peel only slightly reduces the signs of aging and skin damage and the results are minimal. Medium peels are effective in reducing signs of sun damage and fine wrinkles. A deep peel noticeably tightens the skin and eliminates wrinkles and the effects are commonly dramatic.