Melissa Hu, MD
BOARD CERTIFIED FACIAL PLASTIC SURGEON
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Chemical peels are composed of a single or combination of chemicals that cause exfoliation and peeling of the more superfical layers of the skin to reveal new, fresh, and typically less damaged skin. Conditions that may be treated with chemical peels include fine to medium depth wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, rosacea, acne, and enlarged pores. The skin typically feels tighter and can treat mild forms of loose skin. There are three types of chemicl peels: superficial, medium, and deep depth peels.
Superficial chemical peels typically consist of a fruit based acid that causes gentle exfoliation of the superficial skin. Occasionally some peeling occurs 48 to 72 hours after the peel. The skin may turn a mild red or pink like a light sunburn. Healing is usually complete by day 7. Mild discolorations, rough skin, and mild acne may improve with a series of superficial peels. Superficial depth peels provide a refreshed sensation of the skin with minimal to no down time. Treatments are repeated every 4 to 6 weeks for a total of 4 to 8 treatments to achieve one's desired result.
Medium depth chemical peels usually involve a combination of chemicals to penetrate the upper limits of the middle layer of the skin. Medium depth peels can treat fine wrinkles around the eyes (crow's feet) and mouth, sun spots due to aging, skin discolorations and moderate acne. The skin will peel in the first 2 to 3 days, leaving a blistered, red and swollen appearance to the skin. Healing is complete in 7 to 14 days. Treatments may be repeated every 3 to 4 months for a total of 2 to 4 treatments.
Deep depth chemical peels involve chemical formulations that penetrate into the mid-level of the middle layer of the skin. Deep depth peels effectively treat mild and moderate wrinkles, cystic acne, skin discolorations, and loose skin. These peels require general anesthesia and recovery takes 14 to 21 days. The resulting redness and swelling is moderate to severe and may cause the eyes to swell shut. A meticulous regimen of skin hygiene must be maintained to prevent complications of infection, scarring, and discoloration.
Like any resurfacing procedure, it is important to let your doctor know of any previous or current skin treatments you are using, medications, smoking history, radiation exposures in the past, chronic skin conditions or medical conditions you may have.
Call us to learn more about Chemical Peels offered or if you have any questions (281) 335-7755