Chemical peels, also known as chemexfoliation or derma-peeling, are a technique used to improve the appearance of the skin. In this treatment, a chemical solution is applied to the skin, which causes it to "blister" and eventually peel off. The new, regenerated skin is usually smoother and less wrinkled than the old skin. The new skin also is temporarily more sensitive to the sun.
Chemical peels are performed on the face, neck or hands. They can be used to:
•Reduce fine lines under the eyes and around the mouth
•Treat wrinkles caused by sun damage, aging and hereditary factors
•Improve the appearance of mild scarring
•Treat certain types of acne
•Reduce age spots, freckles and dark patches due to pregnancy or taking birth control pills (melasma)
•Improve the look and feel of skin that is dull in texture and color
Areas of sun damage, which may contain pre-cancerous keratoses that appear as scaly spots, may improve after chemical peeling. Following treatment, new pre-cancerous lesions are less likely to appear.
However, sags, bulges and more severe wrinkles do not respond as well to chemical peels. They may require other kinds of cosmetic surgical procedures, such as Thread Lifts, laser resurfacing , or soft tissue filler.