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Chemical peels are an amazing solution to many skin problems West Dundee patients experience, including: discoloration, fine lines and wrinkles, acne scars, and sun-damaged skin. The process includes the removal of damaged skin cells to allow new, fresh, tight skin to flourish. There are many benefits to chemical peels that our patients have experienced, to learn more about if this is the right choice for your facial skin problems, contact Valley Plastic Surgery Center to setup your complimentary consultation.


The overall process will vary depending on the type of peel chosen and the extent of the area being treated. Generally, patients do not need anesthesia and it is an office-based treatment. However, the intensity of the treatment varies depending on the strength of the peel, exposure time, and concentration used.

  • Mild Chemical Peels
    use alpha hydroxyl acids to treat the surface layers, and patients often experience a slight tingling or stinging sensation during the fifteen minute procedure. Immediately following the treatment, patients are able to return to daily life.
  • Moderate Chemical Peels
    take about 30 minutes and they go deeper into the skin. Some patients may experience slight swelling or crusting upon completion of the peel; however, within a week patients are able to return to normal activity with the application of an over-the-counter treatment.
  • Harsh Chemical Peels
    are the deepest penetrating option and they are recommended for patients wishing to remove acne scarring or deep wrinkles. Patients usually experience crusting during recovery and our doctors recommend that petroleum jelly is applied generously to treated skin. The side effects will last about 2 weeks before the patient can fully enjoy their results.


The discomfort patients experience after their chemical peel will depend on the intensity of the chemical peel. Our doctors are able to prescribe pain medication. Most likely, with the more intense chemicals uses, there will be crusting and swelling; however, this can be eased with ointments. With the harsh chemical peels, there may be scabbing but do not pick at these because it could cause permanent scars. The scabs will fall off in about a week to reveal fresh skin. Most patients will experience redness, but it can be covered with makeup.

To learn more about chemical peels and what would be the most beneficial to your skin, contact our office today. Our doctors will talk with you about the advantages and disadvantages of all chemical peels to help you choose your perfect peel.