Chemical Peels

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What is a chemical peel?

A chemical solution is applied on the face and the resultant superficial skin cells are removed, allowing new and more youthful skin to reappear. This new skin is more supple and will have less wrinkles.

What does a chemical peel treat?

  • reduction of fine lines and wrinkles around the face, especially around eyes and lips
  • improves appearances of mild scars (acne or trauma-induced)
  • reduction of age spots, freckles, or dark skin patches related to pregnancy or oral contraceptives
  • improves the elasticity and suppleness of the skin

What does a chemical peel not treat?

  • deep and depressed scars
  • deep wrinkles caused by excessive sagging of the skin
  • deeply pitted acne scars
  • darkly pigmented skin lesions such as birthmarks

What to Expect

The treatment will take anywhere between 30 minutes to 1 hour to complete.  Some people experience mild stinging while there are some that says it may feel like a light burning and tingling sensation.  You may choose to be awake or asleep for this procedure.

Our patients generally can expect to resume normal function the same day with minimal discomfort. The skin may be sensitive to the touch, so it is always recommended to adequately moisturize the skin as well as apply enough sunblock.  When staying outdoors for extended period of time, it is always wise to wear a wide-brimmed hat that provides protection from direct sunlight.

Most patients will look like they had a mild sunburn immediately after the treatment. Some patients needing a deeper chemical peel may experience some swelling and blistering of the skin.

Because the procedure relies on the rejuvenation of your own skin cells, the results are permanent, although the natural progression of aging and sun damage will occur.

For people with a history of herpes or cold sores on the face, there is a small risk of reactivating them during the chemical peel. This can be prevented with preemptive anti-herpes medication.

Am I a candidate for a chemical peel?

As with any procedures, it is necessary to have a consultation with our surgeons to decide if it is right for you.

In general, fair-skinned and light-haired patients are better candidates, although anyone may be a candidate.  If you scar easily, please let our surgeons know during the consultation. People with darker skin tone or those more prone to scarring will have less predictable result.


Call Cascadia Oral Surgery, Kirkland WA Phone Number 425-358-2726 with questions about Chemical Peels or to schedule a consultation.