How are chemical peels performed?
The procedure may be performed on the face, neck, chest, hands, arms, and legs. Superficial, medium or deep chemical peels may be used to improve damaged skin. As a rule, the deeper the peel, the longer the recovery time. Your dermatologist will recommend the best peel for your skin problems.
Prior to treatment
instructions may include stopping certain medications and preparing the skin with pre-conditioning creams.
A chemical peel is usually performed in a dermatologist’s office. The skin is thoroughly cleansed with an agent that removes excess oils, and the eyes and hair are protected.
One or more chemical solutions such as glycolic acid, trichloroacetic acid, salicylic acid, lactic acid, or carbolic acid are used. Your dermatologist will suggest the proper peeling agent based upon the type of skin damage present and desired results.
During a chemical peel
the physician applies the solution to various areas of the skin. These applications produce separation and eventually peel off layers of skin, enabling rejuvenized skin to appear.
During the procedure, most patients experience a warm to hot sensation that may last about five to ten minutes.