Chemical peels are performed to rejuvenate the underlying skin in patients in whom facial aging, sun exposure, or cigarette smoking have all contributed to pigmentation, fine wrinkles, uneven tone, and texture changes of the skin. These procedures take approximately 30 minutes to perform and can be performed using a variety of different chemical products.
Good candidates for chemical peels of the face include patients that have pigmentation changes as a result of sun exposure, fine wrinkles, and texture changes. Typically patients with greater skin laxity require face lifting procedures as opposed to chemical peels.
The typical recovery for a patient undergoing a deep chemical peel is approximately 7 to 10 days, and patients may return to normal physical activities with no limitations within 2 weeks.
Chemical peels can also be performed to the neck, chest, shoulders, arms, hands and upper back regions which can also be affected by significant sun exposure. Patients may realistically expect that the quality of their skin will improve, that the tone and texture, and pigmentation will become more even, and that they will have softer, smoother skin as a result of the chemical peel.