Chemical peels are designed specifically to improve the skin’s appearance by strategically using chemical solutions to target fine lines, wrinkles, and other signs of aging. Chemical peels are often used to treat fine lines and wrinkles, sun damage, mild scarring, certain types of acne, age spots, freckles, and dark patches. Similar to laser skin resurfacing, the principle is very similar in that both procedures remove the outer layer of skin to stimulate collagen growth and regenerate the outer layer of skin.
The Chemical Peel Procedure
A chemical peel is an out-patient procedure that begins with thoroughly cleaning the skin. After the affected area is cleaned, Dr. Matthew Malamet will use one or more chemical solutions including; glycolic acid, trichloracetic acid, salicylic acid, lactic acid, or carbolic acid to treat small areas of the skin. Dr. Malamet will work with you to decide which chemicals will produce the very best desired results. The chemical solutions will essentially create a controlled wound for the body to heal naturally. As a result, patients will see an improved appearance over time as the small areas heal.
Chemical Peel Key Facts:
- Anesthesia: Topical Numbing Agent, Local
- Length of Procedure: 30 Minutes-2 Hours
- Length of Stay: Patients generally return home shortly after the procedure.
- Discomfort: Some minor swelling and discomfort.
- Anticipate: Some minor swelling and redness depending upon the depth of the peel, but daily activities can normally be resumed the following day.
- Final Results: Final results can take up to several weeks to become evident depending upon the depth of the peeling agent.
- Duration of Results: Lasting.
Chemical Peel Results
While steps are taken to minimize discomfort during the procedure, some patients may experience a slight burning or stinging sensation following a chemical peel. A cold compress can often help soothe the skin and minimize any swelling that may result. For patients who may need a deeper chemical peel to achieve desired results, pain medication may be necessary to manage any pain or discomfort.
If you would like to learn more about chemical peels and the effects that they can have on creating a more youthful and firm skin appearance, schedule a consultation with Dr. Matthew Malamet. He meets with each patient individually to address any questions or concerns that may come up prior to the actual procedure.