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What to Know About Chemical Peels

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As we age, the effects of our skin’s exposure to the sun and other elements can negatively impact the appearance of our skin, causing wrinkles, drooping skin, and a dull tone. Although many facial rejuvenation procedures can help to reverse the hands of time, chemical peels are one of the most popular options. 

Why Would I Want a Chemical Peel?

A chemical peel addresses problems with the skin on your face. Whether through extensive sun exposure, effects of pollution over time, or several other causes, your facial skin can endure a lot, and show off its battles in a negative way. Chemical peels are designed to address these types of issues by peeling away the outer layers of damaged skin.

What Issues Are Best Addressed With a Peel?

Remember: a peel is not a cure all. It is an option for dealing with specific skin issues on the face. 


Wrinkles must be nominal, and major wrinkles might need to be addressed through more aggressive techniques, such as facelifts

Skin Blemishes

Skin blemishes, however, are primed for treatment with chemical peels. 

Pigment Variations

Pigment variations from one area of the face to another can also be treated with chemical peels. 

Sun Exposure

Skin damaged by prolonged exposure to sun is also an issue that chemical peels can address, since the process can remove the damaged top layer of skin to reveal undamaged, new facial skin.

What Is the Process of a Chemical Peel?

A chemical peel treatment for the entire face can take a couple of hours. Topical anesthesia is generally not used, but can be requested by the patient, or used when called for in certain situations. The physician will apply a chemical solution to the face, taking special care around the mouth, eyes, and nose. It will then either neutralize itself after a certain amount of time, or sometimes a neutralizing agent is used to stop the process. After application, the dead, damaged skin will begin to peel over the next few days, revealing new skin underneath. 

Recovery time after a chemical peel varies, but one should be able to pursue all normal activities within the month. In the days to come after the procedure, great care needs to be given to protect the skin since the new layer is now exposed to the elements for the first time. Use moisturizer and sunscreen to assist with the healing. 

Who Qualifies for a Chemical Peel?

Chemical peels are available for anyone who wants them, but that doesn’t mean that everyone should get them. Make sure to consult with a medical professional in regards to if you should go ahead and get a chemical peel, and which type of peel is best for your skin and situation.

Dr. Athré has performed countless facial procedures and chemical peels on a variety of different types of skin. His training as an aesthetic facial plastic surgeon allows him to tailor each procedure to the patient’s individual needs, skin type, skin color, and skin texture. Are you curious about chemical peels, and want more information? Contact Athré Facial Plastics today for a consultation.