Chemical peels are a non-surgical method of skin rejuvenation that can be customized to a patient’s specific needs and desired results. Peel solutions come in an array of active ingredients and strengths to address the unique skin concerns of the individual patient. Chemical peel treatments have been used by physicians and aestheticians for decades to achieve a smoother, more youthful complexion while minimizing the appearance of fine lines and other minor skin blemishes.
Chemical peels can be used to address a wide range of skin concerns, including:
- Fine lines and deeper facial creases
- Shallow scarring from acne or chicken pox
- Irregular skin texture or tone
- Hyperpigmentation or the appearance of age spots
- Sun damage
Specialized chemical peels may also be used to treat specific skin conditions, such as acne or rosacea. Dr. Sharma at SKS Plastic Surgery works individually with each patient to ensure the right peel solution is used to achieve the best possible results.
About the Procedure
Chemical peels are performed on an outpatient basis at SKS Plastic Surgery and may take 30-90 minutes to complete. First, the face is thoroughly cleansed and then the peel solution is applied. The solution remains on the skin for a prescribed amount of time, depending on the specific formula used and the skin concerns to be addressed. The peel may require neutralization before it is removed from the skin.
After the procedure, the skin may be red and slightly tender, as if it was sunburned. Depending on the depth of the peel, there may be some flaking or crusting as the outer layer of skin cells slough away. What is left is smoother, softer skin with fewer lines or other visual imperfections.
Results of a chemical peel are usually evident a few days after the procedure, as the skin heals. The depth of the peel will determine how long results will last, with light peels requiring more frequent touch-ups than deeper peels. However, deeper peels also require a longer recovery period before the results of the treatment are apparent.
Chemical peels are an effective way to rejuvenate the skin and address a host of skin concerns. To learn more about your options in chemical peels, contact the staff at SKS Plastic Surgery at 512-324-8320.