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What is the definition or description of: chemical peel?

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Dr. John Ebner answered

Specializes in Dermatology

Chemical Exfoliation: A chemical peels is a procedure done in a medical office or spa that involves the use of a topically applied product that will cause a controlled chemical reaction on the skin, resulting in peeling of the skin to a certain depth. Different peeling agents (alone or in combinations) will peel the skin to different depths. Peels can help acne, aging, wrinkles, sun damage and precancerous lesions.

Answered 10/7/2019


Dr. Catherine Winslow answered

Specializes in Facial Plastic Surgery

Chemical peel: A chemical peel is typically a controlled burn administered with an acid to the surface of the skin. Superficial, medium and deep peels are available with no, 1 week and several weeks of downtime. Peels burn the outer layer of the skin (superficial) or variable amounts of the dermis to increase collagen, elastin, remove dark spots and fine wrinkles and give the skin a glow.

Answered 4/1/2019



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