Rejuvinate your skin with a chemical peel at Savannah Facial Plastic Surgery
A chemical peel essentially exfoliates the top layers of damaged skin, evening out your texture, pigmentation, and reversing the effects of sun damage, acne and aging.
A chemical peel involves placing a chemical solution directly on the face. Over time, the skin will scab and peel, leaving behind rejuvenated, younger looking skin.
You may be an ideal candidate for a chemical peel if you have uneven skin texture or tone, acne scarring or sun damage. As with all medical procedures, excellent candidates are those in good overall health and who have informed, realistic expectations.
An initial consultation with Dr. Minton is the first step to any procedure. There he will discuss your health history.
THE CHEMICAL PEEL PROCEDURE
The procedure for a chemical peel is fairly simple with little to moderate discomfort. First, the skin is thoroughly cleaned, then Dr. Minton places a chemical solution directly on the face, which may have a slight stinging sensation.
The two most commonly used chemical solutions are an Alpha hydroxyl acid (AHA) peel and a Trichloroacetic acid (TCA) peel. AHAs are the mildest and most superficial peels. TCA peels come in a variety of intensities based on the patient’s needs. Both chemical solutions peel away to the top layers of damaged skin to reveal undamaged new skin beneath.
AFTER THE PROCEDURE
The recovery from a chemical peel treatment depends on the strength of the peel and can range anywhere from 2 days to 2 weeks. It’s common to experience some throbbing, tingling, swelling and redness after the peel. Later, the treated area will develop a crust or scab, leaving behind the newly formed skin. Any discomfort can be alleviated with mild pain medication. It’s important to protect the treated area from sun exposure for several months.
Are chemical peels safe?
Chemical peeling is an entirely safe procedure, though it should always be administered by a skilled and certified physician.
How long does a chemical peeling treatment take?
After the initial consultation, a chemical peeling treatment only takes about 30 minutes.
Will it hurt?
The chemical solution usually contains an anesthetic, though additional sedation may be used in some cases. The most common complaint is a burning or tingling sensation when the chemical solution is applied.
How long do the effects of a chemical peel last?
The exfoliating effects of a chemical peel depends on the kind of chemical peel used. The effects of an AHA peel will last several months, whereas the effects of a TCA peel may last several years. After the initial treatment, regular maintenance is recommended.
Is a chemical peel a good alternative to surgery?
Unlike surgery, the effects of a chemical peel are not permanent, so it is not considered an alternative to surgery such as a facelift, but it can prolong the need for surgery. Additionally, it can be used as a way to “preview” the results of more permanent procedures.
HAVE MORE QUESTIONS?
Our skilled, double-board certified facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. Minton is available to discuss chemical peels in greater detail during a consultation at our Savannah Facial Plastic Surgery offices in Savannah and Pooler. Arrange your consultation by contacting us today.
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