How does a chemical peel feel?

Our medical aesthetician at our Austin plastic surgery practice demonstrates a chemical peel on me!  So…how exactly does a chemical peel work and why would someone want to have this experience?  The chemical peel solution causes mild trauma, or injury, to the epidermis or outermost layer of the skin. Similar to exfoliating your skin, the injury causes the damaged outer layers of the epidermis to peel away. As part of the healing process, increased cell growth produces new, healthier skin layers beneath, which give the face a more youthful, rejuvenated appearance.

Overall the experience is quite pleasant.  And can be relaxing- an escape from the busy day.  Depending on the type and depth of peel– peeling may begin 2-3 days after the treatment and can last up to 7-10 days.  Most patients experience a very nice glow to his/her skin over the first 24-48 hours.  Once the entire peeling process is complete- a new refreshed canvas has now been created. The goal, of course, is to stimulate collagen production, efface fine lines and reduce pore size.  Follow-up photos will be posted on our Facebook page.

Remember, you should always re-apply sunscreen several times throughout the day. If you have any skin care questions, call my Austin plastic surgery office at (512) 288-8200 or contact us via email to learn more!  You can also sign up for our monthly newsletter on our “news” page.

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