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Chemical Peels

A popular dermatologic treatment aimed at improving the look and feel of a patient’s skin, a chemical peel can target damaged skin on the face, neck or hands. During the procedure, chemicals are applied to directly to the treatment area. This causes the damaged skin to blister and peel off, revealing smoother, healthier-looking skin underneath. Chemical peels can also improve the look of fine lines and wrinkles.

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The most successful chemical peel is performed on patients with fair-skin and light hair colors. Those with a darker complexion may still see positive results, but depending on which problem area is being addressed, it can leave these patients with an uneven skin tone.

Furthermore, more severe skin issues, such as bulging or sagging, don’t respond to chemical peels. These problems often require more intensive cosmetic procedures (such as a facelift or dermal fillers). The talented team of surgeons at My Houston Surgeons can determine the best procedure for you, based on your desired outcome and your current skin condition.


A chemical peel is performed as in-office procedures. Your surgeon will first clean the treatment area. He or she will apply one chemical, or a combination of chemicals to small areas of your skin. Chemicals can include glycol acid, salicylic acid, trichloroacetic acid, or carbolic acid. This process establishes a controlled wound, and allows for healed, younger- looking skin to take its place.

During the procedure, it is normal for patients to feel a stinging or burning sensation. This can last from five to ten minutes. This sensation may be alleviated with cool compresses, but some patients may require pain medication.


Advantages of A Chemical Peel

• Improve the look and feel of your skin
• Improve the appearance of scars
• Treat certain types of acne
• Reduce wrinkles and fine lines that were caused by sun damage and aging

Before & After


After getting a chemical peel, it is important for patients to wear UVA and UVB protective sunblock (SPF 30 or above) daily. Patients should also limit time in the sun for up to several months after the treatment, in order to protect the fragile new skin.

Following the procedure, some patients react as they would to a sunburn. The peeling and scaling of the skin lasts up to seven days post-procedure. Deeper chemical peels can also result in blisters or swelling.

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Our surgeons along with the supporting staff at the practice provides full support and care for patients right from their initial consultation stage through recovery.

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