Our Medical Aesthetician at Lohner Skin Care sees patients from Bryn Mawr, Main Line, Rosemont, Philadelphia, and other cities throughout Pennsylvania for chemical peels.
What is a Chemical Peel?
A chemical peel, also known as chemexfoliation, is a minimally invasive skin procedure and is often the preferred method of reducing the appearance of lines around the mouth and under the eyes, treating acne and wrinkles, improving the appearance of mild scars, and treating a host of other skin maladies. This procedure can be performed on the face, neck, and hands, and will dramatically improve both the look and feel of skin.
How is a Chemical Peel Performed?
The skin is thoroughly cleaned, with one or more chemical solution (cleansers can include carbolic acid, glycolic acid, lactic acid, and more), then applied to the area being treated. Applying this solution will create a controlled wound that allows revitalized skin to take its place, thus restoring natural beauty.
What Are the Benefits of a Chemical Peel?
In addition to treating wrinkles cause by age and sun damage, chemical peels can also be performed to treat acne, remove unwanted spots and freckles caused by pregnancy or taking birth control pills. Those with fair skin and light-colored hair are often the best candidates for chemical peels, but this procedure can be used on those with darker skin, although this may lead to an uneven skin tone.
When Will Results Be Noticed?
Refreshed skin will begin to develop in the days following the peel, the rate of growth dependent on the severity of the chemical peel performed. Those who undergo Light Chemical Peels will begin to develop new skin within three to seven days following treatment. New skin can begin to develop five to seven days after a Medium Chemical Peel and two weeks after a Deep Chemical Peel.
What Are the Side Effects of a Chemical Peel?
Side effects will vary based on the severity of the chemical peel being performed:
Light Chemical Peels – Skin color may temporarily appear lighter or darker than usual.
Medium Chemical Peels – Skin can sting and appear red, similar to sunburn, tight, and swollen. Cold compresses and protective ointment will comfort the treated area, and we advise you to sleep in a semi-reclined position to reduce swelling. Once swelling decreases, treated skin forms a crust and can darken.
Deep Chemical Peel – Redness and swelling will be more extreme, with burning and throbbing experienced in treated areas. Eyelids have been known to swell shut, and cysts or white spots can appear for several weeks after treatment.
Bandages should be worn on treated areas following the procedure, and exposure to the sun should be avoided for several months following a chemical peel. Dr. Lohner will schedule follow-up visits in the days following a chemical peel to monitor your condition.
How Long Will the Results of a Chemical Peel Last?
The tone and texture of skin will improve dramatically following a chemical peel, although the lasting effects can vary depending on the patient’s skin health, age, exposure to the sun, and other factors. Light Chemical Peels can be repeated in one- to four-week intervals, while subsequent Medium Chemical Peels can take place every six to twelve months.
The content of this Web site is intended to be used for informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice or instruction. If you have more questions about Philadelphia or Bryn Mawr Chemical Peels, other cosmetic treatments, or plastic surgery procedures, please call Dr. Lohner’s Main Line Pennsylvania office and we’ll be happy to schedule a consultation.