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Chemical Peel
Chemical rejuvenation of the face is one of medicine's most astonishing accomplishments, the reversal of signs of aging through a medical process. The skin is never touched by a scalpel.

While perpetually youthful appearing skin has always been one of man's and woman's most ancient desires, until the past several decades, this goal was unattainable. The ancient Egyptians and great civilizations sought means of smoothing wrinkled skin through applications of substances such as honey and milk, and even practiced rather crude measures of mechanical dermabrasion using alabaster stones. Today the procedure consists of creating a controlled wound on the area that needs to be treated. The depth of the wound is controlled by the chemical used by the length of time it is applied and the strength of the chemical. After the wound is created, it will take a week to 10 days to heal and as the healing progresses, a more youthful appearance will be apparent.

The procedure is usually done in the operating room, unless the area to be treated is small and requires a small amount of sedation so that the patient is comfortable during the procedure. It takes 1 to 1 1/2 hours to perform and the patient goes home the same day with instructions concerning care of the face. For a week to 10 days the patient will limit social commitments and around seven to ten days the patient is able to start applying make-up and go out in the world again.

The first several months after the reddish-pink color fades naturally the healing process is accelerated by medication that we provide. The pink color is usually gone by six to eight weeks after the performance of the procedure. Regardless of how long the natural fading takes, the color can be concealed with cosmetics. In some people, during the first several months, the skin tends to be dry (due to inactive oil glands), but this is easily corrected by the use of moisturizing creams.

Generally, once the pink color has faded the new skin may be slightly lighter than it was before and less apt to tan. Since sun tanning may have been one of the factors that caused the skin to age prematurely, the patient will want to reduce the chances of burning and tanning. Therefore, we advise proper sunscreen which will reduce the chance of burning and will help keep the skin from becoming aged again.

The procedure can be done for a series of other conditions that affect the skin, i.e., hyper pigmentation, small superficial lesions of the skin (age spots) and damaged skin.

In summary, chemical facial rejuvenation is a modern medical process to permanently (depending on age, of course) remove wrinkles and other outward signs of aging skin. For safety and comfort, it is often performed under anesthesia and requires seven days spent away from normal activities. Expecting the need for some cosmetics, female patients generally return to work and social functions within ten days, men possibly sooner.

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