Chemical peels have been used for more than 100 years to reduce or eliminate the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, scars, blemishes, and uneven skin tone. Chemical peels remove the outermost layers of skin, revealing smoother skin underneath. Before undergoing treatment, some patients may be asked to prep their skin with a special topical agent so the chemical peel is more effective.
During treatment, the doctor will assess the skin damage and decide what concentration of the mixture should be applied to each area. Once the chemical peel has been applied, it will begin to break down the tissues, exfoliating the top layer of skin and exposing fresh skin underneath. Chemical peels are relatively safe and they can also be used on the neck, chest, and hands. As a complement to his oculofacial surgical expertise, Dr. Morton encourages patients to take advantage of the cosmetic services, such as chemical peels, that will help patients feel more confident with smoother, younger looking skin.
Chemical peels can cause some mild side effects in patients. Since peels exfoliate the top layer of skin, there may be some inflammation and swelling for the first couple of days after the procedure. Redness may occur in patients after treatment, similar to that of a mild sunburn. Mild chemical peels cause redness and mild flaking that can last up to a week. Medium and deep peels cause more redness and crusting as well as moderate swelling that can last for two weeks. The irritation will gradually diminish as the old skin continues to peel.
Chemical peel results are based on the depth of the peel, so deeper peels generally have longer-lasting results. Patients can achieve optimum results by applying moisturizer and sunscreen daily following treatment. Chemical peels cause controlled damage to the skin, which stimulates the growth of new cells, resulting in tighter, more resilient skin over time.
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