Facial skin resurfacing treatments include laser procedures and chemical peels. At Mangat Plastic Surgery Institute and Skin Care, our procedures of choice for many clients is a chemical peel because of its superior results, faster healing, and low risk.
A custom-formulated chemical peel can rejuvenate your facial skin, improve the look of acne scars, reduce hyperpigmentation, smooth fine lines, wrinkles, and crease, and address precancerous facial spots.
Am I a good candidate for a chemical peel?
Excessive sun exposure can damage the skin, particularly in fair-skinned individuals. You may be a good candidate for a chemical peel if you have:
At Mangat Plastic Surgery Institute and Skin Care, we are a specialty aesthetic practice with board-certified plastic surgeons who specialize in their area of expertise—either face or body. Our physician assistants are licensed and board-certified with a high level of experience and education. Our licensed medical aesthetician is highly trained and specializes in custom skin care treatments. We have extensive experience in advanced anti-aging and rejuvenating treatments. We offer great results and individualized care in our private, accredited, state-of-the-art, outpatient facility.
What should I expect with a chemical peel?
Chemical peels are performed on an outpatient basis. Before treatment, your skin will be cleaned, your hair covered, and your eyes protected with ointment, gauze, or tape. Depending on the peel strength (light, medium, or deep), you may be given a sedative and painkiller or a local anesthetic. During the treatment, you may feel a slight tingling or stinging sensation. For deep chemical peel treatments, “twilight” anesthesia will be used to ensure you are comfortable.
What is the recovery time with a chemical peel?
There is no downtime with a light chemical peel, and you'll be able to resume your normal activities immediately after your treatment. You may experience mild redness, dryness, and irritation after the procedure, but you'll be able to comfortably apply makeup the following day.
It takes five to seven days for your skin to recover after a medium chemical peel. You can expect to experience some redness, swelling, and a stinging sensation initially, and can use ice packs and over-the-counter medications to relieve discomfort. Your skin may form a crust, darken, or develop brown blotches while it is healing. This is completely normal and will resolve.
A deep chemical peel requires a longer recovery, and you can expect to experience redness, swelling, burning, and pain initially. After the procedure, a thick cream will be applied to your skin, while medications are prescribed to control discomfort. You'll need to soak the treated area and apply the recommended cream several times a day for two weeks, and new skin will develop about two weeks after your procedure.
What kind of results can I expect with a chemical peel?
Light chemical peel results improve with repeated treatments. You can expect improvement in skin tone and texture and a reduction in the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. A medium chemical peel can produce noticeably smoother skin. A deep peel can result in a dramatic improvement in skin texture, etched-in lines, wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, and skin tone.
Can a deep chemical peel be done on the skin more than once?
This depends on your skin type and the depth of peel needed. Most patients can undergo multiple peels several years apart.
How much improvement of my acne scars can I expect from a chemical peel?
Acne scars are challenging to remove. Most patients can expect about a 50% improvement in their acne scarring. The skin may always have scars, but the goal is to make them less noticeable.
How painful is a deep chemical peel?
During the first 12 to 24 hours after the peel, patients usually feel a moderate burning sensation, similar to a sunburn. This sensation is generally well-tolerated with the post-operative pain medications provided.
What are the risks of chemical peels?
The risks of chemical peels have dramatically decreased with the use of the Hetter peel formulation. Some risks include prolonged redness or erythema, risk of hyperpigmentation (increased pigment in the skin), hypopigmentation (loss of pigment in the skin), and scarring.
What is the recovery time for a deep chemical peel?
The recovery time varies based on the depth of peel your surgeon decides is best for you and your skin type. After a typical deep chemical peel, your skin will be healed at approximately two weeks post-treatment but will continue to have redness. At this point, you may wear makeup and can resume social activities. The remaining redness will fade in the following weeks to months.
What will my face look like after a chemical peel?
Immediately following a chemical peel, the face will swell, and the skin will have a reddish color. The skin will “crust” and peel with time. Creams are applied to keep the skin supple and will be kept on the skin for two weeks following the procedure.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, we understand that safety is now an increased priority. Dr. Mangat has resumed seeing patients in a way that is safe and takes appropriate health precautions, and this includes the option to set up a virtual consultation.
If you’d like to schedule a virtual consultation with Dr. Mangat or Dr. Copit to begin learning about how we can help you realize your cosmetic goals, please reach out. We’re excited to start you on your journey to your most beautiful self.