What is a Chemical Peel?

A chemical peel is one of the least invasive ways to improve the appearance of your skin. Sun exposure, acne, or just getting older can leave your skin tone uneven, wrinkled, spotted, or scarred. A chemical peel can help your skin look smoother and younger. It uses a chemical solution to smooth the texture of your skin by removing the damaged outer layers. Although chemical peels are used mostly on the face, they can also be used to improve the skin on your neck and hands.

A chemical peel can help improve:

  • Acne or acne scars

  • Age and liver spots

  • Fine lines and wrinkles

  • Freckles

  • Irregular skin pigmentation

  • Rough skin and scaly patches

  • Scars

  • Sun-damaged skin

A chemical peel cannot:

  • Treat deep facial lines

  • Tighten loose or sagging skin

  • Remove broken capillaries

  • Change pore size

  • Remove deep scars

You may not be a good candidate for chemical peeling if you have:

  • A history of abnormal skin scarring

  • Abnormal pigmentation

  • Used certain acne treatments within the last year

As with every procedure, I’ll work with you to determine what fits you best – for your skin, the look you want to have, and how it fits into your life.
— Dr. Emily Ridgway
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QUICK FACTS

PROCEDURE LENGTH

25 minutes

ANESTHESIA

skin numbing cream if desired

IN/OUT PATIENT

Outpatient

RECOVERY

4-5 hours, results are evident in 4-7 days

DURATION OF RESULTS

3-5 months