The Truth about Chemical Peels

information about chemical peels
Chemical peels are a popular method of skin rejuvenation, with treatments that can be customized to your specific skin concerns. This procedure works by using a chemical solution to remove outer skin layers, leaving softer, smoother skin underneath. If you have never had a chemical peel before, there are a few facts you should know about this treatment before you schedule your first procedure at our medical spa at Robinson Facial Plastic Surgery.

What Chemical Peels Treat

Chemical peels come in a variety of formulations to treat a wide range of skin conditions. Some of the most common issues addressed by chemical peels include:

  • Fine lines and facial wrinkles
  • Pigmentation irregularities (brown spots, freckles, uneven skin tone)
  • Acne and residual acne scarring
  • Uneven skin texture (rough, scaly spots, or dry patches)
  • Signs of sun damage

Chemical peels can also be used to rejuvenate dull, tired skin for a refreshed, more youthful appearance. This treatment is not recommended for more advanced signs of aging like deep creases and sagging skin.

Are Chemical Peels Painful?

Chemical peels are not painful, but there might be some mild stinging or burning when the peel is first applied. The solution is left on the skin for a prescribed amount of time before it is neutralized and removed. Treatments times average 10-15 minutes for most patients, although that time can be adjusted based on the specific needs of the patient. After the treatment, you may have some redness and tenderness in the treatment area, comparable to sunburn.

Is there a Recovery Period?

Chemical peels provide excellent skin rejuvenation results, but only after your skin goes through a brief period of flaking and peeling. The deeper the treatment, the more peeling you will experience. Most patients find the peeling process only lasts for a few days before the final results can be seen.

How Long do Results Last?

Chemical peels are not a permanent method of skin rejuvenation, so maintenance treatments will be required if you want to keep your positive results. Time between treatments will vary, based on the depth of the treatment you choose. Light peels are typically repeated every 3-4 weeks, while medium peels may only need to be performed once or twice a year.

Chemical peels are a relatively quick, painless way to revive tired skin and address a myriad of concerns. To learn more about the peels available at Robinson Facial Plastic Surgery, contact our office at 770-667-3090. Treatments are provided at our Alpharetta office by our experienced aesthetician Heather, who is ready to help you find the right chemical peel for your specific needs.