For sun damaged skin, deep facial wrinkles blotchy skin and acne scars, deep chemical peel is recommended.
The chemical peel penetrates down to the lower dermal layer of your skin. Because of this, you may need to have a local anesthetic and sedation to manage any discomfort. When having a deep chemical peel, you will need a pretreatment that could last up to eight weeks. This is done to prepare your skin, and to help speed the healing process.
After you’re sedated and a local anesthetic is used to numb your face, it will be cleansed. The phenol acid is brushed onto your skin, and then after it does its work it is neutralized with water. To prevent dryness and pain, a thick coat of ointment is placed over your skin, which must remain in place. Medicated gauze may be used instead of the ointment.
Because the chemical used can lighten your skin, it may lose its ability to produce pigment, so you won’t be able to tan. You’ll be required to always protect your skin from the sun’s rays.
If you have any history of heart disease, let Dr. Jimerson know, as the phenol used in the peel can cause special risks.
It could take two weeks to return to work and resume your activities. You can expect peeling crusting skin, redness and discomfort for several days. Dr. Jimerson will prescribe medication to control your pain.
A deep chemical peel will produce dramatic results and could last up to 10 years.