A chemical peel is an acid-based solution which can minimize lines and wrinkles caused by sun damage and aging, by removing damaged outer layers of skin.
Chemical peels can also treat conditions like acne and uneven pigmentation. Chemical peels are very popular because they are known for producing long-lasting results with little or no downtime.
Is a Chemical peel right for you?
A chemical peel is a versatile procedure that is safe for most skin types.
Chemical peels treat problems like:
- Superficial acne scars
- Uneven pigmentation
- Rough skin texture
- Fine lines and wrinkles
The chemical peel will be custom formulated to address your specific areas of concern. Though a chemical peel can be applied almost anywhere on the body, it is typically used to treat the face and neck regions.
Following a complete recovery, you can expect smoother, more even skin tone and a younger-looking complexion.
Your Chemical Peel at Eterna
Most chemical peels are performed on an outpatient basis, so you can return home the same day as treatment. Your face will be cleansed prior to your peel, and in some cases a mild sedative may be used to ensure your comfort. Using a brush, we apply the formulated solution to your face.
While applied, the solution may feel warm, and it may sting after a few minutes. Likewise, there may be a sunburn-like sensation after the procedure. Treatment usually takes between 15 and 60 minutes, depending on the size of the treated area. More than one treatment may be necessary to achieve desired results.
After Your Chemical Peel
After treatment, your skin should look as though you have a mild-to-moderate sunburn. A superficial crust will form over the treatment area and gradually slough off over the course of a week. Redness and swelling are common during the first few days. Discomfort can be managed with over-the-counter medication.
Complete healing usually takes about two weeks, but most patients feel comfortable returning to work in about a week, when most visible effects have subsided. Your skin will be highly sensitive to sun exposure for several weeks following a chemical peel, so it’s important to wear sunscreen.
Understanding the Risks of Chemical Peels
Potential side effects of chemical peels will be discussed in-depth prior to your treatment. Though uncommon, some adverse events include prolonged skin redness, pigmentation changes, crusting, swelling, scarring, allergic reaction, or infection.
Take the Next Step…
At Eterna Medical Aesthetics, we strive to achieve excellent results with a variety of chemical peels. Schedule an appointment and experience one for yourself. Call 253.268.3400 to speak with our professional staff today.