What Should You Think About Before and After a Chemical Peel?


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Before a chemical peel, ask the dermatologist performing the procedure several questions about how the procedure works and what the expected results are. After a chemical peel, keep skin hydrated and follow the dermatologist's instructions for post-operation care.

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One important question to ask a dermatologist before having a chemical peel is whether the doctor is board-certified. Other questions to consider are asking how many chemical peels the doctor has performed, what the patient's role in the healing process is, what the side effects are, what the risks of complications are and how long the recovery period is. Research the doctor, research feedback and results from the doctor's other chemical peel patients, and know the average cost of the procedure.

After a chemical peel, skin is red for several days or weeks, much like a sunburn. Skin must be kept moist with whatever substance the doctor recommends, which is usually an ointment or hydrocortisone cream. After a few days, the skin begins to peel, which thins out the skin, making it vulnerable to the ultraviolet rays of the sun. Avoid prolonged time in the sun for several weeks until the skin has fully healed and use approved products to protect the skin when outside.

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