Candidates for the Chemical Peel
Candidates for chemical peel treatments are in good physical health and have realistic expectations for improving aged or sun damaged skin. Some stronger peels may not be appropriate for patients with darker skin tones. After consultation, Dr. Smith will recommend the best chemical peel to help you achieve your aesthetic goals.
The Chemical Peel Procedure
Chemical peels are typically performed in the office setting and may take anywhere from ten minutes to an hour to complete depending on the strength of the peel. Medium-depth and stronger peels often contain an anesthetic in the chemical solution and do not require additional anesthesia. Milder strength peels often produce just a slight stinging sensation and do not need anesthesia. Some patients opt to have a peel after injectable filler treatments.
Recovery & Results
Recovery will depend on the depth of the peel. Some flaking, scaling or crusting of the skin may occur, as well as redness. Stronger peels may also produce swelling, tingling or throbbing and may require pain medication. A crust or scab often forms on the treatment area and peels off after a period of days to weeks. The skin will be sensitive to the sun for a period of time and sun exposure should be limited. Patients can often return to work right away after receiving a mild peel like an AHA peel. Stronger TCA and phenol peels may require one to two weeks of recovery before resuming normal activities.
To learn more about chemical peels or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Smith, call Smith Facial Plastics of Gahanna-New Albany, OH and our downtown Columbus location at 614-702-7342.