What is a Chemical Peel?

A chemical peel is a minimally invasive procedure used to improve the skin’s appearance. Chemical peels are used mostly on the face, but can also be used to improve the look and feel of skin on the hands, neck and chest. A chemical peel is typically done in a doctor’s office or surgery center. It is an outpatient procedure, meaning there’s no overnight stay.

How Does it Work?

A chemical solution is carefully applied to remove the damaged top layers of skin. Over a period of days to several weeks, the old skin peels off to reveal new skin that is smoother and younger looking. Depending on the skin issues being addressed, chemical peels can be done in depths of light, medium or deep. Deeper chemical peels can produce more dramatic results, but involve longer recovery times.

What Improvements Will I See?

A chemical peel can help improve the appearance of:

  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Age and liver spots
  • Mild scars
  • Acne and acne scars
  • Sun-damage
  • Irregular pigmentation
  • Freckles

A chemical peel can be done alone or in combination with other cosmetic procedures. Repeated peels may be needed to achieve the desired effect.

What to Expect After A Chemical Peel

Recovery time after a chemical peel can depend on what kind of peel is done and how deep. Potential side effects of chemical peel may include:

  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Increased sensitivity to sunlight
  • Color changes in the skin
  • Allergic reaction to the chemical
  • Infection

Dr. Sattar can help you decide if a chemical peel is right for you.