A chemical peel is an aesthetic procedure performed to achieve better skin tone and to remove fine lines, especially on the face. The chemical solution removes the outer layers of skin which are damaged by age, sun, acne, wrinkles, or pigmentation problems. Removing the outer skin prompts the body to regenerate a new layer of skin cells which are free of the previous skin condition and thus appear much smoother and younger. Chemical peels may not be appropriate for darker skin complexions.
Reasons for Considering a Chemical Peel:
- Reduce facial wrinkles and lines
- Improve sun-damaged skin
- Correct age spots and pigmentation problems
- Lighten scars (especially from acne)
- Treat precancerous skin lesions
At the time of your procedure, any active skin disease, infection, or acne needs to be under control in order to maximize results. There are several different types of chemical solutions which can be used to prepare the skin for a chemical peel. During your consultation, plastic surgeon Dr. Gupta will discuss your options and will recommend the treatment and product that is best for you based on your skin condition, color, and desired result.
During the procedure, the skin is first cleansed of oils. A solution is then carefully applied and is allowed to remain on the skin for a short time in order to remove the layers of damaged skin. At this point, the skin will turn white with a frost-like appearance. The skin is then neutralized and cleansed. Finally, an ointment is applied to the skin to aid in healing and prevent infection.
Generally, post-operative instructions call for plenty of rest and limited movement in order to speed up the healing process and recovery time. An ointment and dressings are applied immediately following surgery to aid in the healing process and to minimize swelling. The skin will have a pinkish color, and a thin crust may form over the area that was treated. Patients sometimes report minor pain associated with the procedure, which can be treated effectively with oral medication. While complications are rare, patients can minimize potential problems by carefully following the written post-operative directions given by Dr. Gupta. Recovery time varies depending upon the extent of the chemical peel.
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Dr. Abhay Gupta is proud to offer a range of surgical and minimally invasive aesthetic treatments including laser facials to help his patients look and feel their best. A chemical peel can solve many cosmetic issues in just one appointment. To learn more, schedule a free consultation with Dr. Gupta by calling 858-621-6000.
Please Note: To respect my patients’ privacy and confidentiality, I have chosen not to display any of my cosmetic facial surgery patients’ pre- and post-op photos on the Internet. This includes Botox and injectable filler procedures. These photos are available for private viewing in my office during your consultation. I apologize for any inconvenience.