Chemical Peels have been used for over 100 years to
create an even and controlled shedding of damaged skin
cells. Each year thousands of chemical peels are performed
in the United States. A chemical peel uses a solution
applied to the skin to remove dead skin cells and stimulate
the production of new skin cells. It tightens the skin,
reduces wrinkling and restores a more youthful appearance.
Chemical peels are most commonly performed for cosmetic
reasons -- to enhance your appearance and your self
confidence. Chemical peels may also remove pre-cancerous
skin growths, soften acne facial scars and even control
acne. In certain cases, health insurance may cover the
peel procedure. Be sure to check your policy and contact
your insurance company before the procedure is performed.
During your consultation with Dr. Sexton you will want
to explain the level of skin improvement you hope to
achieve. Dr, Sexton will then review your medical history
and examine your skin type and pigmentation to determine
if you are a good candidate for a chemical peel. Together
you can evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of
the different types of chemical peels, discuss your
options, your expectations and determine the best treatment
What should you expect after
Reactions to chemical peels
are similar to a sunburn and range from mild to more
pronounced. Generally, the deeper the peel, the longer
A light peel usually results
in some redness, and possibly some scaling for a few
days. Medium and deep peels can result in swelling and
blisters that break open forming a crust and turning
brown, followed by peeling which can last up to two
weeks. These peels may require dressings on some or
all of the treated skin. Dressings are usually removed
after a day or two. Ointments and creams will be applied
to keep the skin moist. At first the new skin will have
the color of a significant sunburn. This will gradually
fade to pink over the next several weeks. Cosmetics
can be applied after about two weeks. Following a chemical
peel, your new skin will be tighter, smoother and may
be slightly lighter than it was before surgery.
Following any skin peel, it
is important that you avoid any exposure to the sun.
Your new skin is very sensitive and susceptible to injury.
Always apply a wide spectrum (UVA and UVB blocking)
sunblock of at least SPF 15 twenty minutes before you
go outside. Your surgeon will prescribe a proper home
skin-care treatment program to ensure proper healing.