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Chemical Peel

Minimally Invasive Procedure

A chemical peel uses a chemical solution to smooth the texture of your skin by removing the damaged outer layers.

How should I prepare for a chemical peel?

You should understand that all chemical peels carry some risks and uncertainties.

A chemical peel is usually a very safe procedure when performed by a qualified and experienced board-certified plastic surgeon.

While very rare, infection or scarring are risks of from chemical peeling treatments.

For people with certain skin types, there is a risk of developing a temporary or permanent color change in the skin either lightening or darkening.

Use of hormone medications or a family history of brownish discoloration on the face or in response to scar healing may increase the possibility of developing abnormal pigmentation.

If you have suffered from cold sores (herpes) in the past, there is a risk of reactivation. Be sure to ask your doctor to prescribe medication to reduce the risk of a flare up in response to the treatment.

Inform your physician if you have a history of keloids (scar tissue overgrowth) or any unusual scarring tendencies.



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