It would be wonderful if signs of aging could just be peeled from the skin. A cosmetic expert can make this a reality to a certain extent by using chemical peels. A chemical peel can reduce several signs of aging on the face as well as those on the chest, neck, and hands.
Board certified female plastic surgeon Dr. Farah Naz Khan provides chemical peels for skin rejuvenation to patients in Dallas, Texas, and surrounding communities.
Advantages of Chemical Peels
Irrespective of whether a patient receives a chemical peel to mitigate signs of aging or address a skin condition, they can enjoy:
- Fewer lines and wrinkles
- A more uniform skin hue
- Smoother skin
- A brighter complexion
A plastic surgeon can provide chemical peels to address the following skin conditions:
- Acne (certain types)
- Age spots
- Dull complexion
- Discoloration (uneven, patchy complexion)
- Fine lines (especially beneath the eyes and around the mouth)
- Sun-damaged skin
- Rough-textured skin
What happens during a Chemical Peel Treatment?
Before undergoing a chemical peel, some patients need to follow a pre-peel skin care plan for two to four weeks. This plan can improve the results and minimize possible side effects. The dermatologist will inform the patient whether this is necessary.
Initially, the patient will be prepped for the treatment on the day of their peel. This includes cleansing the skin thoroughly. If they receive a deep peel, they will undergo general anesthesia and will remain unconscious during the procedure. A deep chemical peel must be performed in a surgical setting.
Once the patient is prepped, the treatment provider will apply the peel quickly and evenly. They will closely monitor the patient’s skin to remove the peel at the right time. In case of a deep peel, the skin is addressed one small section at a time, as doing so limits the impact on the heart and lungs.
After the peel comes off, the skin will receive treatment as required. Patients who receive a medium peel may need cool compresses followed by a lotion or cream to soothe their skin. When undergoing a deep peel, the patients will have a wound that requires a surgical dressing.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is there downtime associated with chemical peels?
The patient will have downtime following a medium or deep peel med spa treatment. In the case of a deep chemical peel, the patient will need two to three weeks of recuperation at home.
When will I see the results?
Once the skin heals, the patient will be able to see the results. The healing time for chemical peels ranges from one day for lunchtime or rejuvenating peel to 14 days or longer for a deep peel. The patient may need three to five lunchtime or rejuvenating peels to achieve the results that they seek.
How long will the results last?
Most results are not permanent as the skin ages in an ongoing manner. If a person has significant skin damage or precancerous growths called AKs, they will likely continue to see new spots and growths on their skin.
What are the potential side effects?
- Persistent redness that may remain for a few months
- Temporary skin darkening
- Lighter skin color with medium or deep peels
- Scarring (very rare when performed by a qualified provider)
Board certified female plastic surgeon Dr. Farah Naz Khan receives patients from Dallas, Texas, and nearby areas for chemical peels.