What to Expect From a Chemical Peel

Chemical peels are a safe way to help smooth skin on your face and reveal a glowing and radiant look. In some cases, chemical peels can also remove facial blemishes and some precancerous growth and control certain forms and severities of acne.

This facial treatment method is also incredibly easy and completed in an office setting. Depending on your skin type and desired outcome, the doctor or aesthetician will use either alpha hydroxy acid, tricholoric acid, or phenol.

For each of these, the formula is applied to cleansed skin and left for around 15 minutes. Although a full-face phenol chemical peel may take up to two hours to perform, smaller areas potentially take much less time.

In most cases, recovery time and restrictions after the treatment sessions are relatively easy. While a phenol peel may require the application of petroleum jelly or waterproof tape to help promote health and protect the newly exposed skin, most patients can go home shortly after the treatment sessions.

To achieve the best results, it’s best to relax as much as possible after the treatment and avoid direct sunlight. Liberal use of sunscreen will help, although your doctor may recommend you stay inside and refrain from talking for the first few days afterward.

You may also see redness and irritation, and swelling around the treatment areas. Your doctor may prescribe anti-inflammatory medication and the use of soothing ointments or creams to help reduce swelling and pain.

A chemical peel can be a great way to reveal healthy and radiant skin hidden below blemishes and worn skin cells. Although diligently following the recovery plan outlined by your doctor is essential, the new appearance of your face will be significantly improved, and the results will last for a long time.

If you have questions regarding chemical peels and how they can improve your facial skin, contact the doctors and aestheticians at UMass Memorial Cosmetic Surgery in Worcester, MA. The team is available at 508-334-5990 or www.cosmeticsurgicenter.com to answer all your questions and schedule a consultation to get started on achieving your aesthetic goals.

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