Chemical Peels

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What Is a Chemical Peel?

Chemical peels are often applied to the face, hands, or neck and are used to help improve the appearance and feel of the skin. These peels are much safer than they used to be; however, they carry some side effects and possible risks. For example, redness, dryness, stinging, or burning are common temporary effects that go away over time. Other long-term risks such as scarring, infections, or kidney damage are very rare but do happen.

There are three main types of chemical peels; superficial peels, medium peels, and deep peels. A superficial peel uses mild acids and is only used to penetrate the outermost layer of the skin. Medium peels use trichloroacetic or glycolic acid and reach the middle and outer layer of the skin, making them effective against damaged skin cells. Deep peels penetrate the middle layer of the skin and remove damaged skin cells.

How Do Chemical Peels Work?

Most skin peels are done in-office and require little to no downtime, but deep peels may be done in an outpatient surgical facility. Typically, an oculofacial plastic surgeon will numb the area of the skin with a topical anesthetic. Then, a cotton ball or brush will be used to apply the chemical solution. Once the chemical solution has done its job, the chemicals will be removed, and a neutralizing solution will be added.

There are things you should do on your end to prepare for a chemical peel. For example, you should not use any type of retinol or Retin-A topical medication for at least two days leading up to the procedure. It’s recommended that you disclose any medication you are taking to your doctor to ensure the procedure can be done safely.

Contact Us for Chemical Peel Services

If you are looking for a chemical peel in the Jacksonville, FL area, Dr. Amy Kulak, MD, and the rest of the team are here to help! We offer a wide range of plastic surgery and non-surgical rejuvenation services. Contact us today at 904-775-5275 or to find out how we can help! 

Oculofacial Plastic Surgeon
Amy Kulak, MD.

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17:47 27 Apr 22
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Katherine SanbornKatherine Sanborn
17:27 27 Apr 22
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22:42 16 Feb 22
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14:25 22 Dec 21
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14:32 11 Nov 21
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