The main procedure of applying chemicals is brief and does not even require an overnight stay. However, medium and deep peels require a 2-4 weeks skin care routine before the peel to avoid side effects and deliver best results.
After the procedure, the skin peels off and it takes about 14 days for the new skin to appear. The time required for the skin to heal depends on the type of the peel. Deep peels usually take between 14-21 days to heal and the skin needs to be bandaged.
After the Chemical Peels procedure, the skin turns red due to inflammation. The redness is followed by scaling which ends in about 3-7 days. The effect experienced depends on the type of peel chosen and is often similar to sunburn; mild irritation persists for some time after the treatment but the skin adapts soon. The Superficial Chemical Peel procedure, if required, can be performed again within 1-4 week intervals to achieve the desired results. Medium and deep peels take 7-14 days to peel off and can be repeated only after 6-12 months, when required. New skin is sensitive to sun; it is advisable to use sunscreen and avoid sunlight, whenever possible, for a few months. The side effects include:
Temporary or permanent change in skin color – Chemical Peel causes alteration in skin color of certain patients. Women who take birth control pills, who eventually become pregnant or those who have a history of brownish facial discoloration are more prone to this side effect.
Scarring – There are people who are more susceptible to scarring but there are also ways using which this problem can be treated with satisfying end results.
Reactivation of cold sores – The condition can be treated or prevented using prescribed medication.