Chemical Peels

Chemical Peel Chicago

If you have uneven pigmentation, age spots or freckles, sun damaged skin, fine lines, wrinkles, or shallow acne scars, a chemical peel may be able to help you achieve a smoother, younger-looking skin tone. A chemical peel is one of the most popular treatments for minor skin improvements on not only the face, but also on the neck, hands, arms, legs – just about anywhere on the body.

What is a chemical peel?

During a chemical peel, your board certified dermatologist will first thoroughly cleanse your skin. Then,m your doctor will apply one or more chemical solutions – such as glycolic acid, trichloroacetic acid, salicylic acid, lactic acid,  or carbolic acid (phenol) – to your skin. The chemicals cause the top layer of skin to blister and eventually peel off, revealing newer, healthier looking skin.

What is the discomfort level of a chemical peel?

The discomfort during and after a chemical peel varies from patient to patient and is largely dependent on the extent of the treatment. Most patients will feel a stinging or burning sensation during treatment. Cool compresses can help alleviate this discomfort and, if your doctor has performed a particularly rigorous treatment, he or she may prescribe pain medication for you.

What is the downtime after a chemical peel?

Chemical peels are non-invasive but do carry with them some downtime, depending on how deep the chemical peel is. A light chemical peel will produce a sunburn-like effect with some peeling a few days after the treatment. Deeper treatments can cause blisters and take a few weeks to heal completely. No matter how extensive your treatment was, you will need to protect your skin and avoid direct sunlight for up to several months after a chemical peel because your new skin will be very delicate.

Your dermatologist will discuss your medical history, any medications you are taking, and your desired results and if you are a good candidate for a chemical peel, your doctor will help you to further understand the process and side effects.

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