A chemical peel uses a chemical solution to smooth the texture of your skin by removing the damaged outer layers. Although chemical peels are used mostly on the face, they can also be used to improve the skin on your neck and hands. A chemical peel is one of the least invasive ways to improve the appearance of your skin. Sun exposure, acne, or just getting older can leave your skin tone uneven, wrinkled, spotted or scarred. What a chemical peel can improve Acne or acne scars Age and liver spots Fine lines and wrinkles Freckles Irregular skin pigmentation Rough skin and scaly patches Scars Sun-damaged skin What a chemical peel can't do Treat deep facial lines Tighten loose or sagging skin Remove broken capillaries Change pore size Remove deep scars There are a variety of chemical solutions used for chemical peels. The mildest peels are alphahydroxy acid peels, which need to be repeated a few times in order to achieve the desired result. However, this light peel allows you to follow your normal routine and is useful for those that cannot spare time for a longer recovery. Deeper peels, such as those using phenol, do not need to be repeated. However, because it causes the skin to blister and peel off, recovery might take up to two weeks. The chemical peel that is best for you will depend on your individual circumstances and should be discussed with your physician. Most chemical peels can be performed in a plastic surgeon’s office or outpatient center. It is usually done under light sedation. Complete recovery time depends on the type of peel used, but it will normally take about two to four weeks.
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