What Is A Chemical Peel (Skin Refinishing)?
Chemical peels (also known a chemexfoliation, dermabrasion, derma-peeling, and skin refinishing), are especially useful for improving the skin’s appearance. Most popular with those hoping to reduce fine lines and wrinkles, improve mild scarring, treat some kinds of acne, or reduce spots, skin refinishing removes the upper layer of skin to reveal clearer, more youthful skin beneath.
A mild chemical peel does not require any anesthesia; however, a deeper peel may necessitate the use of pain medication either during or after the skin refinishing process. After the dermatologist applies the chemical peel, the patient may feel a warm to hot sensation followed by a stinging sensation, which can be relieved with cold compresses. The peeling effect is similar to sunburn with the accompanying redness and scaling that lasts for three to seven days. Patients can elect to repeat mild peels after every one to four weeks. Medium and deep peels may produce swelling and water blisters. Patients may repeat medium peels after six to twelve months.
After the chemical peel, the patient’s skin may be extra sensitive to sun exposure. If necessary, the dermatologist places bandages on the treated skin and removes them several days after the skin refinishing procedure.
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