The goal of a chemical peel is to smooth fine lines and wrinkles as well to even out pigment variations. The most common chemicals are trichloroacetic acid (TCA) and phenol. TCA is generally used for full facial treatments or on the thin skin on the lower eyelids, while phenol works very well on the deep wrinkles around the mouth. Both types of chemical peels remove the damaged outer layers of the skin. Both require about a week of downtime, but the results can be quite dramatic; reducing blemishes, wrinkles, and uneven skin pigmentation.
During a chemical peel, a chemical solution is applied to the skin in order to improve and smooth the texture of the facial skin by removing its damaged outer layers. A chemical peel may also remove pre-cancerous skin growths, soften acne facial scars and even control acne.
It is commonly said that if a facelift is likened to fitting the sheets to the bed, chemical peels iron the sheets.
Unfortunately, TCA and phenol peels are frequently offered by inadequately trained practitioners— which can result in devastating outcomes, including, but not limited to, permanent scarring of the face.
It is very important that you find a physician who has extensive training and experience in providing chemical peels. Look for an ASPS board certified plastic surgeon as they receive extensive training and experience in providing chemical peels.