Chemical peels are performed by applying one or more chemicals to remove dead cells from the surface of your skin. The goal of a chemical peel is to improve skin texture by exfoliating and tightening, creating a more even and smoother appearance to your skin.
Peels are used to treat a variety of conditions including:
There are several different types of chemical peels which vary in the type of chemical used and the depth of skin penetration. At the time of your evaluation, Dr. Munroe will discuss your treatment goals. Dr. Munroe will determine which type of peel may be best for you depending on your skin type and the condition being treated.
A chemical peel may take 15 minutes to an hour to perform depending on the type of peel you are having done. After the skin is cleaned, a chemical is applied to the area being treated using a small brush. You may experience a little burning and stinging. A fan will be used to minimize any discomfort. Once the chemical reaches the target skin layers, a neutralizer will be applied to immediately stop the effects.
There is no downtime for mild peels but for deeper peels, the healing process can take up to 14 days. You may have some redness and irritation, similar to a slight sunburn. For about 5 days, you may notice some slight flaking and peeling of your skin. It is important that you allow the peeling process to occur naturally and do not assist in peeling or pulling at your skin. It is also extremely important to avoid sun exposure after treatment.