When age, exposure to the sun, or acne wreaks havoc on your skin, a chemical peel could be the solution. These three facial offenders can leave skin tone uneven, deliver unwanted sun spots or scars, and inevitably result in wrinkles. A chemical peel will help refresh the skin for a smoother texture and brighter, more even complexion. The greatest benefit is the patient feels younger without the blemishes and imperfections that were previously present.
Minimally Invasive Treatment
Chemical peels are minimally invasive. Some people may have heard them referred to as chemexfoliation or derma peeling. Whatever the term being used, a chemical solution is used to remove the outer layers of facial skin during the in-office procedure. Chemical peels may also be used on the hands or neck. Treatment can improve the appearance of acne or acne scars, sun spots, wrinkles, and irregular skin pigmentations, as well as other flaws in the skin.
Chemical Peel Process
Different depths of the skin may be addressed based on the results the patient would like to achieve. Chemical peels are categorized as light, medium, or deep. Each uses a different chemical solution. The deeper the peel is, the more dramatic the results. Even light peels are able to provide beautiful results after multiple treatments. Light chemical peels remove the most outer layer of skin, the epidermis. They are used to treat fine lines, acne, dryness and uneven skin tone. Medium peels remove the epidermis and the upper layers of the middle layer of skin, the dermis. Deeper wrinkles and acne scars and irregular skin pigmentation are treated this way. With a deep chemical peel, the epidermis and lower levels of the dermis are targeted. The deepest scars and wrinkles are addressed with deep peels.
Prior to application of the chemicals, the face will be cleaned and measures will be taken to protect the eyes. Light peels are generally painless, though medication is offered for medium and deep peels. The doctor will then treat the skin with the appropriate solution for the level of peel being performed. The skin in the targeted area will begin to whiten. For light peels, the chemicals will be washed off.
The amount of downtime required depends on the type of chemical peel that is used and the patient’s own comfort level. Some require no recovery time, while stronger peels can necessitate a few days to a week or two. Instructions will be given for cleaning, moisturizing and protecting the treated skin.
What is a Chemical Peel?
A Chemical Peel, also referred to as Chemexfoliation or Derma Peeling, is a minimally invasive procedure designed to refresh and rejuvenate the appearance.
How does it work?
A Chemical Peel utilizes a chemical solution to remove the outer layers of skin on the face, hands, or neck. As new tissue forms, the appearance of acne, acne scars, sunspots, skin pigmentation irregularities, and wrinkles will be dramatically improved.
What’s the procedure?
The face will first be cleaned, and safety protection will be provided for the eyes. Dr. Kessler will apply the appropriate chemical solution for the level of Chemical peel desired. The skin in the targeted area will begin to whiten; and finally the chemical peel will be washed off.
Who is a good candidate for a Chemical Peel?
Both men and women can make an excellent candidate for a Chemical Peel treatment. Some skin types are not right for the procedure, though. These may include Asian skin, pale and skin/red hair, or patients with a history of scarring. At the consultation appointment with Dr. Kessler, it will be determined if a Chemical Peel is the right procedure for your individual situation.
Where is the chemical peel performed?
Dr. Kessler performs all Chemical Peels at his plastic surgery center in Newport Beach.
Are chemical peels painful?
A Chemical Peel generally involves a mild stinging sensation. A ‘light’ Chemical Peel is generally painless, requiring no anesthetic. A ‘medium’ or ‘deep’ Chemical Peel can result in mild to moderate discomfort.
What type of anesthesia is used during a Chemical Peel?
During the ‘light’ Chemical Peel, no anesthetic is required. The ‘medium’ or ‘deep’ Chemical Peel may cause slight discomfort, therefore a topical or local anesthetic will be provided.
How long does a Chemical Peel take to complete?
A typical Chemical Peel will take between 15 and 30 minutes to complete.
Does a chemical peel require downtime?
The recovery time from a Chemical Peel will depend on the extent of the treatment. A ‘light’ peel may require no downtime, while a deeper peel may take anywhere from two days to two weeks. Patients will be given specific instruction for cleaning, moisturizing, and protecting the skin.
When can I return to work?
Patients will require anywhere from a day off from work, to a week or more. This will depend on the extent of peel performed, as well as the individual patient’s skin.
Can I have more than one Chemical Peel?
Yes, since the results from a Chemical Peel are not permanent, a repeat treatment can be performed. Patients should wait for at least six weeks before returning for another treatment.
What are the risks of a Chemical Peel?
A Chemical Peel, when performed by an experienced medical professional, is considered extremely safe. Rarely, complications may occur. If so, these can include infection, pigmentation changes, and scarring.
Will a Chemical Peel result in scarring?
A Chemical Peel should not result in any scarring.