Find local board certified plastic surgeons that specialize in chemical peels
Quickly becoming one of the most popular outpatient procedures performed today, a chemical peel is the process that minimizes the effects of aging, such as fine lines and wrinkles over the forehead, around the eyelids, in the cheeks and around the mouth.
It can also be very effective at removing scarring from superficial acne and skin problems such as chicken pox and uneven pigmentation. A chemical peel, also called chemosurgery, however, is not a substitute for a face lift, though the procedures are often performed in conjunction with one another. Plastic surgeons have performed chemical peels with excellent results. In chemosurgery, a chemical solution is applied to your face. A burning sensation may be experienced upon application but should pass quickly as the chemical itself acts as a local anesthetic. Depending on the size of the area to be treated, it takes about an hour or longer and is done on an outpatient basis.
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After Your Chemical Peel
Afterwards, the medical professionals may put a mask of adhesive tape over your face which you'll leave on for a day or two. Within 24 hours, a crust or scab will form to protect the new skin. Sometimes this is removed through gentle washing with soap and water followed by the application of ointments, creams or moisturizers. Your surgeon will give you specific instructions. Once the crust has fallen off, the new skin appears deep red. It's similar to a bad sunburn. Gradually, your skin will lighten to a pinkish hue. When the new skin has been regenerated completely after several weeks, it will be a bit lighter in color than it was prior to your procedure. Birthmarks or freckles often disappear. Abnormal sensations, such as itching and tingling, may be experienced as the skin heals. These sensations can be alleviated with cool compresses and appropriate medication. You should be up and around in a day or two after surgery, but should refrain from strenuous activity for two to three weeks. Since the procedure strips the skin of its protective layer of pigmentation, you should avoid direct sunlight completely for the first three weeks to avoid making your skin tone uneven. Afterwards, when pigmentation returns, any sun exposure should be accompanied with a sun block. It will be about three weeks before you can wear light makeup and feel comfortable in public. Most surgeons recommend non-allergenic makeup to avoid irritation to the new skin.
$686 is the national average cost for a chemical peel, though accounts for the physician's fee only. The total cost for a procedure may vary by physician and include additional fees for anesthesia, surgical center or hospital stay, supplies, and other necessities.