Results will vary depending on the type and strength of the chemical peel used. Most patients will undergo a peeling process: existing layers will begin to peel away to expose fresh, new skin. Many peels produce a bleaching effect to remove unwanted pigment, which helps to even out the complexion and produce a consistent tone and texture to the face. Other peels will dramatically improve the skin’s laxity and texture, creating a smoother surface. Specialized peels for treating acne will reduce the severity and quantity of breakouts and can help to improve overall skin health. Results can develop as early as 1 week after the procedure. For more intense peels, the results will be evident after 1-2 months. The following Before and After Image examples should illustrate just how well this procedure works.
Duration of the procedure will depend on the strength of the peel and the correction desired. The application of the peel can take between 30 minutes to 1 hour. Many of the advanced peels that treat melasma and hyperpigmentation are applied in office and removed between 6 to 10 hours later at home.