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What Is a Chemical Peel?

Chemical peels are used to enhance the skin's appearance. It is most commonly performed on the neck, face, and hands. There are a plethora of different types of chemical peels, and a dermatological surgeon can recommend the best one for you. These peels have shown a significant amount of change in the overall clarity, youthfulness and appearance of all different skin types.

Why Get a Chemical Peel? Is it Right For Me?

There are a number of reasons to get a chemical peel. For most people, seeking out a peel for an improved appearance of skin is top priority. Chemical peels are known to thoroughly enhance appearance for almost 80% of patients who choose to have the procedure. The chemical that is applied will kill off the current skin cells and seemingly create brand new skin, which will be clearer, wrinkle free and hold a much brighter appearance.

Chemical peels are also known to reduce fine lines around the eyes and mouth, clear acne and unclog pores. If you have minor to severe scaring from injury or serious cases of acne, a chemical peel is known to eliminate those as well. Damage caused by the sun can also be reverted with a peel.

All in all, chemical peels are a great idea for people who are constantly battling with skin imperfections, and want better, healthier long-lasting results.

How does a Chemical Peel Work?

Prior to a chemical peel, patients should have a professional microdermabrasion treatment to open up the skin and pores to the chemical peel. You should prepare to stop taking any medications or vitamins that you currently take, and ask your doctor about how to treat your skin a few days before you go into the procedure.

Once you are ready, depending on your goals discussed with the physician and what you both have determined is the best case for your skin, you will begin the process of a chemical peel. This is usually done as an outpatient procedure at a given surgery center.

Types of Chemical Peels:

Peels range from light chemical solutions to stronger chemical solutions, all depending on the skin's needs. Doctors will assess and determine which kind of peel you need, and most of these procedures are performed at the office.

What Happens After a Chemical Peel?

The most important thing to remember is how sensitive your skin will be after the procedure. This is especially true in the sun. Doctors will stress that you stay out of the sun for months after having a chemical peel. You must also keep the area or areas of skin treated covered for several days, and be aware that skin is likely to peel and swell. It’s important that you understand all the precautions to take after having this procedure. If you feel that you are having complications that were not previously mentioned by your doctor after having a chemical peel, contact your doctor ASAP. You should constantly be giving and getting updates from your doctor.

Though uncommon, and depending on skin type, there are known cases of permanent skin discoloration because of chemical peels. Address any concerns with your physician right away.

At West Medical, we pride ourselves on our patient – doctor relationships. We are here to help you with absolutely anything you might need, and are dedicated to making you feel comfortable going into and coming out of any procedure. If you are looking for more information about chemical peels and the treatments that West Medical offers, please call us today at (855) 690-0565. Your health is important to us!

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