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Chemical Peel

Peeling away old skin to promote more even color and texture.”

Common name – ​Chemical Peel (deep). Technical name/also known as – ​Chemical Peel (deep)

Benefits of a Chemical Peel

This procedure helps to improve the color and texture of skin. Sun damage, age, and smoking can cause lines in the skin as well as patchy, dark, or uneven skin color. A deep chemical peel can restore and even-out the color and texture of the skin.

How it is done: How the face is peeled

A chemical solution is applied over the skin. Initially, the skin will be red and swollen and may ooze or crust.   Protective ointment will be used. Within 7-10 days, scabs should be gone and replaced by pink colored skin. It will take time for the pink to fade.

Upside

A deep peel can significantly improve the tone and texture of the skin as well as wrinkles, leaving more youthful and radiant skin.

Downside

The tradeoff for more youthful facial appearance is downtime. Initially, the scabbing and crusting may be uncomfortable and, during this time, you may not want to go out in public (see link below).  Once the scabs are gone, pink skin color can last for many months before fading. Lighter pigmentation is possible. Sun avoidance is imperative.
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Who pays for this

This is a cosmetic procedure, paid for by the patient.

What to expect

Length of operation

Less than 30 minutes (unless combined with another procedure).

Anesthesia used

Oral sedation in the office, general anesthesia if combined with another surgery.

In or out patient

Outpatient, unless combined with another procedure.

Time until final appearance

4-6 months, depending on how the redness fades

Length of results

Long lasting, but varies from patient to patient.

Side effects

Temporary swelling and pain commonly occur. Irregular skin color may be noticed initially. For the first 7-10 days, talking or eating may be uncomfortable if the peel is performed around the mouth due to cracks in the scabs. Pink color of the skin can be prolonged (several months) but can be covered with makeup until pigment returns. Hypopigmentation (lighter color) of the skin is possible.

Risks of procedure

All surgery carries risk. I recommend patients carefully weigh the benefits of having surgery against the potential risks which may arise. Pain, bleeding, infection, damage to nearby structures, need for other procedures, recurrence, dissatisfaction with appearance, asymmetry, wound healing delays requiring wound care, hyperpigmentation, hypopigmentation, and scarring. A complete list of risks will be discussed with you before surgery.

If you smoke, it is imperative that you quit six weeks both before and after surgery.  Please click this link to better understand why:

Smoking and Plastic Surgery

While recovery can be a challenge, patients love their smooth and even skin.

– Dr. Danielle DeLuca-Pytell

Your Next Step

Call or email us to schedule an appointment and find out if you are a suitable candidate for this procedure.

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Give our office a call Monday to Thursday, 9am to 5pm, Friday 9am to noon.

248-273-7700

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You can also email us anytime with questions.

info@delucapytell.com

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Side effects

Temporary swelling and pain commonly occur. Irregular skin color may be noticed initially. For the first 7-10 days, talking or eating may be uncomfortable if the peel is performed around the mouth due to cracks in the scabs. Pink color of the skin can be prolonged (several months) but can be covered with makeup until pigment returns. Hypopigmentation (lighter color) of the skin is possible.

Risks of procedure

All surgery carries risk. I recommend patients carefully weigh the benefits of having surgery against the potential risks which may arise. Pain, bleeding, infection, damage to nearby structures, need for other procedures, recurrence, dissatisfaction with appearance, asymmetry, wound healing delays requiring wound care, hyperpigmentation, hypopigmentation, and scarring. A complete list of risks will be discussed with you before surgery.

If you smoke, it is imperative that you quit six weeks both before and after surgery.  To better understand why, please click this link:  Smoking and Plastic Surgery

 

Recovery time

Rest at home (princess treatment) 2 weeks (no housework or exercise). Rest with your head up for the first two weeks to help reduce swelling.

Return to gentle exercise and household chores at two weeks. May cover pink skin with makeup once scabs or open areas are gone. May resume work if it is sedentary. You may gradually increase exercise.

Returning to Work

This depends on the type of work that you do.   Many women can return to sedentary work at two weeks (or less), though not everyone is ready to return to work by then. The “ugly duckling” phase after this procedure can be difficult for patients.

Time until final appearance

4-6 months, depending on how the redness fades

Length of results

Long lasting, but varies from patient to patient.

 

Other information

Prior to a deep chemical peel, it is recommended to prepare the skin with topical treatments which help even the skin out before the peel to maximize results. Plan to bring a scarf with you on the day of the procedure as well as dark glasses to camouflage your temporarily swollen appearance on leaving the hospital or office. For other suggestions during the “ugly ducking” stage, click here:  How to manage in the ugly duckling stage after facial surgery

Your appointment with Dr. DeLuca-Pytell

When you visit the office for your appointment, we will talk about the side effects and risks of this procedure. You will have the chance to ask any questions you might have.

Don’t forget:  it is your body!  There is no such thing as a bad or silly question!

Contact us

Give us a call to schedule your appointment.

Our phone number

  • 248-273-7700