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.