Chemical peels are a cosmetic treatment used to improve and smooth the texture of facial skin

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Chemical peels have been a popular cosmetic technique that has been tested by time. Millions of Americans get yearly chemical peels in order to rejuvenate the look of their skin and reduce tell tale signs of aging. Women used to have to endure the cold and sterile environment that accompanies most dermatologist's office in order to get this procedure. This procedure is invasive and should be done by a professional, but with the advent of the medical spa or medi-spa, women can enjoy pleasant, day spa surroundings while still receiving treatment from the appropriate medical professional.

Chemical peels are a cosmetic treatment used to improve and smooth the texture of facial skin. A chemical solution is used to force dead skin to slough off and eventually peel off. Usually the skin that forms in the old skin's place is usually smoother and less wrinkled. The formation of new skin can lead to a more youthful look with a certain glow.

Are Chemical Peels Painful?

The pain level of a chemical peel depends on how deep the peel is. Superficial peels such as those bought over the counter of given at day spas just treat the outermost layer of skin. These peels result in a slight burning sensation at the most. Deeper peels such as those given at dermatologist's offices or medical spas or can cause pain. Deep peels, however, are often given with pain medication or intravenous sedation to help with pain. Patients with very sensitive skin should notify their doctors of their skin type so he or she can alter the chemical peel regiment appropriately.

After the peel is done, there is little pain. There is often itching, however. Certain medications can be given to help with the itching as the skin heals. It is very important to follow the exact procedures your doctor gives after you leave the office to ensure that your skin heals properly. Skin that is not properly taken care of after a chemical peel can result in scarring or infection. No one wants to go in for an invasive cosmetic procedure and end up with worse skin.

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