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What is a Chemical Peel?

A chemical peel is an aesthetic procedure performed to achieve better skin tone and to remove fine lines, especially on the face.  There are several different types of chemical solutions which can be used, ranging from a mild solution to a very strong one.  Dr. Chopra will select what is best for you based on your skin condition, color, and desired result.  Key ingredients may include phenol, (TCA) tricholoroacetic acid, and alphahydroxy acids (AHAs). 

The chemical solution removes outer layers of skin which are damaged by age, sun, acne, wrinkles, or pigmentation problems.  Removing the outer skin prompts the body to generate a new layer of skin cells which are tainted by the previous skin condition.  Chemical peels may not be appropriate for darker skin complexions.

Reasons for Considering a Chemical Peel:

  • Reduce facial wrinkles and lines.
  • Improve sun-damaged skin.
  • Correct age spots and pigmentation problems.
  • Lighten scars (especially from acne).
  • Treat precancerous skin lesions.

General Procedure

At the time of your procedure, any active skin disease, infection, or acne needs to be under control in order to maximize results.  During the procedure, the skin is first cleansed of oils.  A solution is then carefully applied and is allowed to remain on the skin for a short time in order to remove the layers of damaged skin.  At this point, the skin will turn white, a frost-like effect.  The skin is then neutralized and cleansed.  Finally, an ointment is applied to the skin to aid in healing.

Recovery Process

Generally, post-operative instructions call for plenty of rest and limited movement in order to speed up the healing process and recovery time.  An ointment and dressings are applied immediately following surgery to aid in the healing process and to minimize swelling.  The skin will have a pinkish color, and a thin crust may form over the area that was treated.  Patients sometimes report minor pain associated with the procedure, which can be treated effectively with oral medication.  Recovery time varies depending upon the extent of the chemical peel.

If you have any questions regarding chemical peels, or if you wish to schedule a consultation with Dr. Chopra, please call (310) 858-1787.