Chemical Peels

Kiran Polavarapu, MD -  - Cosmetic Surgeon

Polavarapu Plastic Surgery, PLLC

Kiran Polavarapu, MD

Cosmetic Surgeon & Plastic Surgeon located in Forth Worth, TX

Chemical peels improve the look of your face, neck, and hands by removing old, dead cells to reveal new, fresh skin. At Polavarapu Plastic Surgery, PLLC, Dr. Kiran Polavarapu customizes your chemical peel formula to meet your skin’s specific needs. If you live in Fort Worth, Texas, call the office or book an appointment online to learn how your skin’s appearance can be improved with a chemical peel.

Chemical Peels Q & A

What are chemical peels?

During a chemical peel, Dr. Polavarapu applies a chemical solution to your face. This solution causes your skin to exfoliate and peel away. New, fresh skin that’s less wrinkled, blemished, and scarred is revealed.

Dr. Polavarapu formulates and compounds the chemical peel solutions herself. The different degrees of chemical peels she offers include:

Superficial peels

A mild form of a chemical peel that’s effective for improving mild skin discoloration and rough skin.

Medium peels

A slightly stronger version of a chemical peel that reduces the appearance of age spots, fine lines and wrinkles, and some types of skin discoloration.

Deep peels

An intense type of peel that penetrates deeply to remove freckles and age spots, moderate wrinkles, and even shallow scars. The results are dramatic, and typically the procedure can only be performed once.

Who is a candidate for a chemical peel?

Dr. Polavarapu consults with you, assessing your skin’s health and discussing your aesthetic goals to determine if a chemical peel is for you. You might consider a chemical peel to address conditions, such as:

  • Acne scars
  • Crow’s feet
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Sun-damaged skin
  • Skin laxity
  • Aging skin

Chemical peels are most successful on people with light skin; dark skin does not respond well to the procedure.

Do chemical peels hurt?

The chemical peel procedure does not cause pain, per se. Superficial peels are quite gentle, but you may experience mild stinging, crusting, and redness. Medium and deep peels cause you to have more sensation and may create intense stinging. Dr. Polavarapu offers creams and gels to apply after your peel to minimize any discomfort, redness, and irritation.

What is the recovery from a chemical peel like?

Your aftercare and recovery from a chemical peel depends on the type you had performed. Your skin heals in a week or less following a superficial peel.

Following a medium peel, you need 7-14 days for recovery. Your eyelids may be swollen, and blisters may form on your skin before it crusts over and peels off completely.

After a deep peel, plan on 14-21 days of recovery. You’ll be wrapped in bandages and given instructions to soak your skin daily. You’ll need to apply special ointments and moisturizers to help your skin heal.

After all chemical peels, your skin is more sensitive to the effects of the sun, so you’ll need to be vigilant about applying sunscreen.

To find out if a chemical peel can help you achieve your aesthetic goals, call Polavarapu Plastic Surgery or book an appointment online today.