Before laser treatments for skin wrinkling, pigmentation, discolorations or sun damage there were chemical peels. The use of chemical peels has been a long-standing and effective therapy to help reduce fine lines, brown spots and improve the texture of the skin. Dr. Scott Shadfar often uses chemical peels as a complement to other surgical procedures such as blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) and rhytidectomy (facelift), which is safe when directed by a board-certified facial plastic surgeon.
Chemical peels can be performed using topical anesthetic, sedation or a general anesthetic on an outpatient basis. The skin is prepared by removing all oils from the surface, and a combination of chemicals are applied to the skin. There are several variations in the composition of chemical peels and Dr. Shadfar will tailor each peel to the appropriate depth needed to obtain a natural and effective result.
The amount of downtime associated with chemical peels will depend on the depth of treatment. More superficial peels have minimal downtime of about 24 hrs. Medium depth chemical peel patients can expect 5-7 days of recovery, while deep chemical peel patients will have 8-12 days of downtime, followed by several weeks of pink-red skin coloration as the skin heals. For medium and deep chemical peel patients, Dr. Shadfar will see the patient in clinic the morning after the surgery, and check all treated areas. Dependent on the depth of treatment, the patient may experience tightness to the face, skin discomfort similar to a sunburn, as well as facial swelling. The patient will use cool compresses, keep the head elevated, and continue with meticulous local wound care measures until the skin has completely healed. We ask those patients traveling from out of town to stay for routine checks during this 1-2 week time period.