What is a chemical peel?

The chemical peel uses a chemical solution to improve and smooth the texture of the facial skin by removing its damaged outer layers. It is helpful for those individuals with facial blemishes, wrinkles and uneven skin pigmentation. Phenol, trichloroacetic acid (TCA) and alphahydroxy acids (AHAs) are used for this purpose. The precise formula used may be adjusted to meet each patient’s needs. Although the chemical peel may be performed in conjunction with a facelift, it is not a substitute for such surgery, nor will it prevent or slow the aging process.

How is the chemical peel procedure performed? What are the risks?

Chemical peels are performed in the office. It takes about half an hour. The skin is cleaned and dried first. Some patients with heavy oily skin may need pre-peel microdermabrasion to help prepare the skin. Next, the peel is applied. This will turn the skin a white color. The peel is then neutralized with a lotion and the patient is allowed to go home.

It is impossible to eliminate risks altogether with the chemical peel. Discoloration, infection, asymmetry, hardness in the scar tissue, or skin loss are known complications. Using careful technique and expertise, Dr. Yang strives to minimize all risks.

 

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