Chemical peel was the second most popular minimally invasive cosmetic procedure in 2004, with 1.1 million procedures performed. Essentially, the procedure involves applying a chemical solution to remove damaged outer layers of skin, leaving it smoother and more vibrant. It is appropriate for people with facial blemishes, wrinkles and uneven skin coloring. Chemical peel can be used in conjunction with a facelift, but it is not always necessary to combine the procedures.
Although chemical peel is generally considered a cosmetic treatment, it can be used to remove pre-cancerous skin, soften acne scars, and – in some cases – control acne. The chemical formula can be adjusted to each patient’s needs. In the case of certain peels, the new skin can no longer tan and must always be protected from the sun. This consideration and others will be addressed by the plastic surgeon during consultation.