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Chemical Peeling

Chemical peels are used to resurface and rejuvenate the skin. Indications include fine lines and wrinkles and also various pigment irregularities. Various types and concentrations are used depending on the skin type, the area to be peeled and the extent of the wrinkles and/or pigment irregularities.Light peels can be done without anesthesia but deeper peels require either intravenous sedation with local anesthesia or general anesthesia. (I need you to hold still while applying the peel solution!) Post-peel pain is well controlled with prescription pain medication and cold water packs.  Healing can be within a few days or take up to 2 weeks depending on the depth of the peel. During this time new collagen is laid down and the new skin cells regenerate across the healing surface. The new regenerated skin will be pinkish for weeks to months after the peel and needs excellent sun protection. Even in rainy Seattle, I advise patients to wear a large brimmed hat and SPF 30 or more sunblock for at least six months. Chemical resurfacing can provide results that rejuvenation surgery cannot. Face lifts, brow lifts, eyelid surgery and fat and filler injections help shape and tone of the skin and reduce deep furrows but chemical peels help the texture of the skin.  Sometimes it is not appreciated in photos, but it can be really striking in person. It is important for patients who are considering chemical peels to be in good health, be non-smokers, be off Accutane (an acne medication) for at least 18 months, be pretreated with Retin A for several  weeks, and be treated preventively for cold sores if the patient has a cold sore history. It is also essential that patients be willing to be on “house arrest” during the healing time. The healing phase doesn’t hurt much, but it looks bad before it looks good.We provide a lot of moral support during the healing phase. It can be stressful for the patient and their loved ones. Whenever I do chemical peels and take care of patients post-operatively, I am grateful for my experience in burn care because that’s what a peel really is: a controlled burn.To schedule a consultation with me, please call 206 467-1101. Moderate Depth Skin Resurfacing
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