Chemical Peels San Francisco

If you are looking for an effective way to treat your fine lines, wrinkles, and other skin flaws, you may be a good candidate for a chemical peel. A chemical peel is a non-invasive cosmetic procedure which reduces wrinkles and fine lines and makes the skin look younger. At Union Square Plastic Surgery, we offer a variety of chemical peels and can provide you with amazing results from your chemical peel in San Francisco.

Types of Chemical Peels

Chemical peels can be categorized as deep, medium or light based on the chemicals used and their concentration.

During light peels, mild acids are used to gently exfoliate the skin. This peel impacts only the outer layer of the skin. This peel can be repeated in two to five weeks.

In a medium peel, slightly stronger chemicals are used which penetrate the outer layer of skin and reach the middle layer. This procedure is more effective and can be repeated to attain the desired result.

During deep peels, the chemical fully penetrates the skin to reach the deeper layers. This procedure is beneficial for treating precancerous growths, scars or deeper wrinkles. This procedure will get you the desired results after the first sitting. You won’t need to repeat this procedure.

What to Expect During Your Chemical Peel

This treatment is an outpatient procedure which is carried out in a doctor’s office or surgery centre. Your face is cleaned thoroughly. Then your hair is tied back and goggles or gauze is placed over your eyes for eye protection. Then the chemical is applied. You will feel a stinging sensation. During light and medium peels, no anaesthetic is given. During a medium peel, the doctor will apply a cold compress after some time. You may be given a handheld fan to cool your skin.

During a deep peel, you may be given pain medication or sedation. Your heart rate will be observed during the deep peel. This procedure takes more time as it is done in portions with 15-minute intervals.

Chemical Peel Recovery

You can expect a reaction similar to sunburn on your skin after this procedure. After a light chemical peel, the skin recovers in four to seven days. The skin remains red for some months after a medium chemical peel. You may need bandages on the treated area for several days.

Skin which has undergone deep chemical peel takes several weeks to heal. The redness can last for some months. The doctor will give you instructions on the ointment and lotions to be applied to the skin during the recovery period. You should avoid sun exposure for several months after chemical peels. You can use ice packs or cool fans to relieve any discomfort. Wait for the doctor’s approval before applying makeup or cosmetics. Remain at home during the recovery period.

Schedule a Consultation

Contact Union Square Plastic Surgery today to schedule a consultation for your chemical peel in San Francisco. Our team can go over what to expect during and after your consultation, answer any questions you have about the treatment, and let you know if a chemical peel can provide you with the results you are looking for.

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