Chemical Peels

Chemical Peel Overview

Some adults have acne blemishes, wrinkles, and sun-damage and look for a procedure that can peel off dead skin cells to reveal new, fresher looking skin. Chemical peels, also known as chemexfoliation or derma-peeling are performed to help people achieve smoother, more beautiful skin. Chemical peels are particularly popular because they offer immediate results. The procedure helps reduce or eliminate fine lines, wrinkles, uneven pigmentation and acne scarring.

A chemical peel uses a chemical solution to help improve and smooth the texture of the face. The chemicals “peel off” surface skin and once the skin is regenerated, it appears much smoother and less wrinkled. Chemical peels are typically performed in a doctor’s office as an outpatient procedure. After cleansing the skin to remove excess oils, chemical solutions such as glycolic acid, trichloroacetic acid, salicylic acid, lactic acid or carbolic acid, are applied to the skin. These chemicals cause the skin to wound, enabling regenerated skin to surface.

When you use, you are assured of making an informed decision because all of our cosmetic surgeons are pre-screened and continually monitored. Our qualified patient coordinators at are prepared to help you find plastic surgeons in your area, who specialize in Fraxel, or we can provide a background check on any plastic surgeon.

Having Realistic Expectations for Chemical Peel

Being honest with yourself about how your body will change and how those changes will affect your life is important. Disappointment may happen, especially if you believe plastic surgery will fix your life problems, save your marriage or cure depression. Having chemical peel will result in smoother and less wrinkled skin. Smoother and less wrinkled skin may boost your self-confidence, but that won’t change who you are or the way other people feel about you.

Questions to Ask Your Prospective Surgeon

Once you’ve made an appointment for a consultation, take the time to prepare a list of questions and concerns you want to address with your prospective plastic surgeon. The consultation is your opportunity to assess the plastic surgeon as much as it is their opportunity to determine your candidacy for the procedure. Take your time, be thorough and know that you are never required to commit to a procedure or a plastic surgeon because you’ve had a consultation, even if the consultation is free.

Chemical peels involve different techniques. Some plastic surgeons will use different techniques to achieve successful chemical peel. You want to make sure that you choose a plastic surgeon whose work you admire. You will be able to see the outcome of some of their laser treatments by looking at before-and-after pictures. Have the plastic surgeon thoroughly explain their procedure and why they value a certain technique more than others.

This list of information may help you compile your questions and may encourage you to do some further research on the many different aspects of chemical peel:

  • Is chemical peel the right procedure for my situation?
  • How can chemical peel change the look of my scars?
  • Can I have repeated chemical peel procedures if they do not meet my goals?
  • Do patients experience complications with this procedure?
  • Are there any "before and after" photos of recent patients?

If you’re consulting with a plastic surgeon from, you can rest assured that you will be meeting with a qualified Chemical Peels surgeon. If you already have a plastic surgeon in mind, our qualified patient coordinators can also perform a background check before you schedule your consultation. Most importantly, always trust your instincts during the consultation. The success of your experience will be based on how you feel about your plastic surgeon, the treatment, your recovery and your result.

Chemical Peel Recovery

Recovery time depends on an individual case-by-case basis and depends on the skin type of the patient and the type of chemicals administered. With light chemical peels, there is no recovery time. Skin may be mildly irritated, but patients normally return to activities immediately after the peel. Medium and deep chemical peels require longer recovery times. The new layer of skin appears within a week after the peel. Patients are required to take time off work and refrain from daily activities as suggested by the doctor.

Chemical Peel Risks

Any procedure carries certain risks and the possibility of complications and infection. Make sure your plastic surgeon addresses all of your questions and concerns to your satisfaction.

During your consultation, you will want to ask your surgeon about the following risks:

  • Will I experience swelling or bruising?
  • What are the chances of infection?
  • Will I experience changes in skin tone or cold sore outbreaks?
  • When will the redness go away?
  • What are the chances of scarring after the treatments?

It is important to remember that no plastic surgeon can guarantee your satisfaction with chemical peel nor can they deny any risk factors. No matter how rarely risks occur, every procedure carries a certain amount of risk, and you have to decide for yourself if your potential desired result is worth the risk.

Long Term Results of Chemical Peel

For long term results, it is recommended to use sun block/protection after your chemical peel. Results typically last months to years, depending on the type of chemicals administered and your individual skin type. Deeper peels generally last longer. Your doctor can give you more information about long term results of chemical peel.

Choosing Your Surgeon

At, we are here to help you make an informed decision. One of the most important aspects for a successful outcome of your procedure is to choose the right plastic surgeon, therefore all of our plastic surgeons are pre-screened and continually monitored. We can help you find plastic surgeons in your area, who specialize in chemical peels, or we can provide a background check on any plastic surgeon.