Chemical Peels (Facial Peels)
It’s important to understand that the type of skin condition being treated will greatly affect the results experienced with facial peels. Ideal candidates for chemical peels generally have fair skin and light hair. However, darker skin types have been found to have great results as well. Dr. Kang will discuss with you your desired results during your initial consultation.
FAQs about Chemical Peels:
What are the risks of a chemical peel?
Generally, the risks associated with chemical peeling are low. Like many cosmetic procedures, chemical peels include a slight risk of infection. In some cases, patients reported temporary or permanent skin color alteration.
There is also a small risk of the following:
Reactivating cold sores in people with a medical history of herpes outbreaks.
Scarring, especially in patients who scar easily. If this should occur, scarring can generally be treated effectively.
How do I prepare for a chemical peel?
It is important to discuss with your doctor all medications you are taking(prescription and over-the-counter) before your chemical peel. Your doctor may recommend that you discontinue certain types of medicines.
The prevention of infection is paramount for those receiving a chemical peel. You may be prescribed antibiotics or antiviral medication prior to treatment. Prior to their procedure, some people may need to use topical preconditioning medication.
If you have a history of keloids or excessive scar tissue overgrowth at an injury or surgical site, report this to your doctor before receiving a chemical peel.
It’s important to follow your doctor’s advice as to receive all the benefits of your chemical peel without complications.
What happens after a chemical peel?
Many people describe varying experiences following a chemical peel. How you feel after treatment depends on the type and depth of the peel you receive.
Patients receiving a chemical peel reported a mild peel feels like a skin reaction resembling sunburn — initial redness, followed by scaling — all of which should clear up within one week. Patients who received a medium or deep peel generally report swelling and formation of water blisters. The blisters general break, crust, turns brown, and eventually peel off.
How many chemical peel treatments will I need?
Mild chemical peel: You can repeat treatments in one to four week intervals until you reach the desired effect.
Medium or deep chemical peels: If the optimal result is not reached through one treatment, you can receive another treatment in approximately six to twelve months.
The number of treatments will vary depending on your skin condition and the type of chemical peel treatment.