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Is the chemical peel a risky thing to do?

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Dr. Lisa Hogan answered

Specializes in General Surgery

Usually no: Chemical peels are usually relatively superficial and can help improve skin smoothness, reduce acne and create more even pigmentation or color. Current peels often have technological improvements that allow more even treatment, less inflammation, and more thourough neutralization.

Answered 10/18/2016

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Dr. Todd Sisto answered

Specializes in Plastic Surgery

No: Main risk scar or pigment change.

Answered 4/25/2015

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Dr. Mike Bowman answered

Specializes in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery

No, depends on depth: Generally no. Peels, when done right, are safe. The depth of a peel determines how much of a result you expect. Deeper peel=better results but higher risk. More superficial peels can give less impressive results, but have minimal downtime and low risk. See a facial plastic surgeon or dermatologist with peel experience to discuss the results you want, the risks, and expected recovery.

Answered 10/3/2016

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Dr. Otto Placik answered

Specializes in Surgery - Plastics

It can be: Peels come in various types and potencies.Generally speaking they are excellent options for treating very superficial skin problems. If improperly performed by inexperienced or unqualified insividuals or i'd complicated, higher potency peelss can produce significant deformity.

Answered 1/31/2015

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