A chemical peel works to remove the damaged outer layers of skin through the application of a chemical solution to the face, neck or hands. The chemicals produce a controlled wound that allows softer and more even-toned layers of skin to regenerate.
Each chemical peel is tailored to your specific needs. Dr. Holy chooses the type of acid applied, the depth of application and supplemental products to give an improved and sustained result.
Chemical peels are often used to reduce the appearance of:
- Pre-cancer spots (actinic keratosis)
- Sun spots
- Age spots
- Dilated pores
- Fine lines and wrinkles
Chemical Peel Recovery and Results
Chemical peel applications take approximately 15-30 minutes. Makeup and sunscreen may be applied immediately after the procedure. Plan for one week of downtime after the procedure as the skin will flake and peel predominantly on days 3, 4 and 5. Most patients are comfortable returning to work on day 6 or 7. Rarely, peeling may continue for several extra days.
It takes about 3-7 days to fully recover. It is also important to avoid the sun and wear sunscreen and protective gear during the healing process.
A pre-peel consultation is recommended for patients with a history of cold sores or fever blisters or those with increased pain sensitivity.
To find out if you are a good candidate for a chemical peel, schedule an appointment with Dr. Holy today.
Aesthetic Only Consults are complimentary with Linda.