Chemical peels restore wrinkled, blemished, unevenly pigmented, or sun-damaged facial skin, using a chemical solution to peel away the skin’s top layers. This procedure works best on fair, thin skin with superficial wrinkles.
The procedure takes approximately one hour for regional areas and two hours for the full face.
Topical anesthetic or sedation combined with local anesthesia may be used. When sedation is given frequently, EKG monitoring is used.
Usually this is an outpatient procedure. A full-face phenol peel may require hospital admission for a short period of time.
Possible Side Effects
- Phenol and TCA peels: can cause temporary throbbing, tingling, swelling, redness and acute sensitivity to sun.
- Phenol peel: may cause permanent lightening of treated skin and permanent loss of the ability to tan.