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Are chemical peels really effective in treating scars?

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Dr. Robert Alexander
Surgery - Plastics
3 doctors agree

In brief: Some help

Chemical peels do effectively "resurface" the skin from dead cells on the surface, and make it look more plump and smoother. In deep acne scars it is little help, as the chemicals follow the surface contours rather than plane them done like sanding (mechanical dermabrasion).
Usually minor surface tightening can occur, which does mildly help the appearance of acne scars.

In brief: Some help

Chemical peels do effectively "resurface" the skin from dead cells on the surface, and make it look more plump and smoother. In deep acne scars it is little help, as the chemicals follow the surface contours rather than plane them done like sanding (mechanical dermabrasion).
Usually minor surface tightening can occur, which does mildly help the appearance of acne scars.
Dr. Robert Alexander
Dr. Robert Alexander
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Dr. Tanveer Janjua
Facial Plastic Surgery

In brief: Chemical peels

Scarring can be mild or severe.
The treatment of choice is dermabrasion or laser. Chemical peels cannot achieve the same degree of improvement.

In brief: Chemical peels

Scarring can be mild or severe.
The treatment of choice is dermabrasion or laser. Chemical peels cannot achieve the same degree of improvement.
Dr. Tanveer Janjua
Dr. Tanveer Janjua
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Dr. Mike Bowman
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery

In brief: Depends...

A medical grade peel (one administered by a physician), is capable of improving scarring.
A chemical peel administered by a aesthetician, while it can provide improvements in appearance, won't help much with a significant scar. Talk to your facial plastic surgeon about the best options and expectations for your appearance (peel, dermabrasion, scar revision, make up, etc).

In brief: Depends...

A medical grade peel (one administered by a physician), is capable of improving scarring.
A chemical peel administered by a aesthetician, while it can provide improvements in appearance, won't help much with a significant scar. Talk to your facial plastic surgeon about the best options and expectations for your appearance (peel, dermabrasion, scar revision, make up, etc).
Dr. Mike Bowman
Dr. Mike Bowman
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Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics

In brief: Not really

Chemical peels may be good for aiding in exfoliation or superficial pigmentation irregularities and very fine rhytids ( wrinkles) but are not otherwise effective for treatment of scars.

In brief: Not really

Chemical peels may be good for aiding in exfoliation or superficial pigmentation irregularities and very fine rhytids ( wrinkles) but are not otherwise effective for treatment of scars.
Dr. Otto Placik
Dr. Otto Placik
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