What is a chemical peel?
Using a chemical solution to smooth the texture of your skin, a chemical peel is one of the least invasive ways to improve and enhance the appearance of your skin. It works by removing the damaged outer layers of your skin.
If you’ve been exposed to the sun, or had acne or are getting older, your skin can be left uneven, scarred, wrinkled or spotted. A chemical peel can help improve those conditions.
It can also be used to treat acne scars, age or liver spots, freckles, fine lines and wrinkles, rough and scaly skin, scars, irregular pigmentation of the skin and sun damaged skin.
It is not designed to remove any deep scars, or treat deep facial wrinkles or to tighten loose or sagging skin. Other procedures are used to treat those problems in conjunction with a chemical peel. Often it is done with Botulinum toxin injections and dermal fillers.
Are you a candidate for chemical peel?
These include a history of abnormal skin scarring, abnormal skin pigmentation, facial warts or if you’ve used certain acne treatments during the past 12 months.
Other reasons to avoid chemical peel include having Afro-Caribbean or Asian skin, or having red hair and pale, freckled skin.
In addition, you may want to consider other cosmetic skin procedures, like dermal fillers or microdermabrasion. By having a combination of procedures, your results will be enhanced. Dr. Jimerson can review the options that are available to you.
Cost for chemical peel.
The costs involved in this procedure include facility/hospital fees, medical tests, anesthesia fees, Dr. Jimerson’s fee and any medication or post-operative garments that may be required. Our staff will provide you with a detailed cost estimate for your procedure.
How the chemical peel works?
There are three different types of chemical peels.
Light chemical peel – to provide subtle improvements, and the resulting healthy glow increases with additional treatment.
Medium chemical peel – provides a noticeably smoother and fresher looking skin
Deep chemical peel – produces dramatic results, bur requires a longer recovery
In-depth: Light Chemical Peel
To treat uneven pigmentation, acne or fine wrinkles, a light chemical peel is the procedure of choice. The light chemical peel only removes the outer layer of skin producing a healthier glow.
Different mild acids are used in combination to perform the peel. First, the skin is cleansed. The formula Dr. Jimerson uses will be brushed onto your face and left for several minutes. This may produce a mild stinging feeling The peel is then washed off and neutralized.
Risks: there will probably be some redness, skin flaking, stinging and irritation. After repeated treatments the side effects will probably subside. You could also have hyperpigmentation, causing brown blotches. This can be avoided by using a sunscreen with a high protection factor.
In-depth: Medium Chemical Peel
The peel works by removing not only the skin cells from your outer skin layer, but the upper part of your middle layer of skin as well. Different types of acid are used, depending on your particular condition.
After your face is cleansed, the chemical peel solution is brushed onto your skin, causing some burning or stinging. To neutralize the chemicals a cool saline compress is then applied. Your skin could turn red or brown after the medium chemical peel with may last up to six weeks before your skin returns to normal.
To maintain your new, glowing skin, you may require a medium chemical peel every several months.
Risks: there will probably be some redness, skin flaking, stinging and irritation. After repeated treatments the side effects will probably subside. You could also have hyperpigmentation, causing brown blotches. This can be avoided by using a sunscreen with a high protection factor. Very infrequently, permanent scarring may occur.
In-depth: Deep Chemical Peel
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.
Risks involved in chemical peel.
Chemical peels do come with some risks, but is usually a very safe procedure.
Risks involved in chemical peel include:
- Infection • Scarring • Temporary or permanent color changes in the skin • Abnormal pigmentation due to hormone medications or family history
- Reactivation of cold sores
Please tell Dr. Jimerson if you have a history of scar tissue growth (keloids). Be sure to follow Dr. Jimerson’s instruction following your chemical peel to obtain optimal results.
Meeting with Dr. Jimerson
He will discuss you specific goals, take a medical history and review your current medications. Photos are usually taken, both before and after the surgery.
You will also be able to learn what options are available to you, along with the risks and possible complications of the procedure.
Questions to ask Dr. Jimerson
Here are some questions to consider:
– Are any other procedures recommended?
– How long will the recovery period be for my surgery?
– What risks are associated with my injections?
– What type of complications can happen?
– When will I be able to see the results?
– Do you think that I’m a good candidate for this procedure?
Bes sure to ask any other questions you have about Dr. Jimerson, the procedure or anything else that concerns you about your surgery.
Why use Dr. Jimerson and the Advanced Plastic Surgery Solutions team?
The team is committed to meet your unique needs, with a natural, long-lasting look. Because of his expertise, Dr. Jimerson offers patients reduced operative times, which means faster recovery times. In addition, he strives to use techniques that are safer than traditional procedures.
Schedule your appointment
The best way to determine if a chemical peel is right for you is to schedule an appointment with Dr. Jimerson. The doctor will discuss the procedure, evaluate your concerns relating to your body and answer any questions you may have. To schedule your appointment click here.