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What Does a Chemical Peel Do?
The skin is the largest organ and forms a resilient protective covering over your body. Over time, it is exposed to external damage by excessive sunlight, pollution and other environmental factors, which causes signs of aging such as uneven skin tone, patchiness, acne, spots and scarring. A chemical peel offers a less invasive method of tackling these problems for a fresher appearance. Known also as derma peeling or chemexfoliation, a chemical peel is typically used on the face, but can also be used on the neck and hands. Chemical peels are generally used to:
The right skin care differs between individuals. Dr. Colin Hong, a leading cosmetic surgeon in Toronto, recommends patients discuss with their doctors the need for a chemical peel versus other options, what degree of chemical peel is required for their specific skin condition and the type of chemicals to be used during the process, so patients fully understand what the procedure entails and the expected results.
In Toronto, a chemical peel is an outpatient procedure, so patients are able to return home soon after. Treated skin will continue to peel for a few days up to weeks depending on the types of chemicals used, the depth of the peeling and skin sensitivity. There may be redness, swelling, discomfort and slight pain, which can be managed with prescribed medication. Toronto’s Dr. Hong advises patients follow the post-procedure care and precautions. Except for redness and swelling, there are few side effects, and patients may resume their normal activity almost immediately. Exposure to the sun should be avoided until the new skin is less sensitive to sunlight.