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Chemical peel
Fast Facts

What is it? Mild to strong acid solutions used to deep clean or remove damaged layers of skin.

Normal healing time: none to several days, depending on the procedure and strength of chemicals used.

Average price in the US: $200 per procedure.

A chemical peel is as an extra deep clean in which dead skin and damaged out layers are removed.

The skin peeling procedure can be used in conjunction with a face lift, and is most often used for purely cosmetic reasons - either to improve the skin's texture, to soften wrinkles and acne or blackhead facial scars, or as an effective treatment for uneven skin pigmentation.

The chemicals most commonly used in the process include phenol acid, trichloroacetic acid (TCA) and alphahydroxy acid (AHA) and in varying formulas and degrees of strength. Since they leave the skin unprotected from the sun, post-procedural care almost always includes the use of a strong sunscreen following a medium or deep chemical peel.

In some cases, chemical peels can serve to control severe acne and even remove pre-cancerous growths, making it a procedure that may qualify for certain types of insurance when used in this way.

The cost for a professional chemical peel varies by area, although in the US it usually averages around $200 per procedure.

More about chemical peels around the Web:

On the Web, learn specific questions to ask your doctor before you undergo the treatment, and discover related discussion topics, before-and-after photos, FAQs and information that will help you decide if a chemical peel is right for you...

Chemical Peel - Extensive discussion from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons detailing how to prepare for a chemical peel, risks and benefits, post-treatment care, related illustrations.

Chemical Peel - Plastic Surgery Health Guide - From the University of Maryland Medical Center with related facts to consider, post-procedural care, with information on phenol chemical solutions, alphahydroxy and trichloroacetic acids.

Chemical Peel Information & Photos - Benefits and risks, details on how the procedure is performed, post-treatment care, average costs, related articles and a before-and-after photo gallery.

This information is intended as reference and not as medical advice.
All treatment decisions should be made by medical professionals.

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