Chemical Peels Specialist

Iftikhar Ahmad, M.D. -  - Medical Spa

MINTS Medical

Iftikhar Ahmad, M.D.

Medical Spa located in Lincoln Square, Chicago, IL

At MINTS Medical, Dr. Iftikhar Ahmad and his team offer Chemical Peels treatment. Give us a call or book a free consult online to schedule an appointment.

Chemical Peels Q & A

WHAT ARE CHEMICAL PEELS?

A chemical peel is a treatment that improves the appearance of your skin. This treatment involves the application of a chemical solution, which causes it to blister. This peels off the upper layer of the skin, which is replaced by a new, smoother skin.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF A CHEMICAL PEEL?

This treatment is generally applied on the hands, neck or face and it can:

  • Reduce signs aging such as age spots, wrinkles, and sun damage
  • Treat the fine lines around the mouth and under eyes
  • Reduce the visibility of mild scars
  • Help with certain kinds of acne
  • Fade out dark patches and freckles
  • Enhance the overall feel and appearance of the skin

HOW ARE THEY DONE?

This outpatient treatment begins with the doctor or the professional doing the treatment thoroughly cleans the skin.

The chemical or a combination of solutions like salicylic acid, glycolic acid, lactic acid, trichloroacetic acid or phenol is applied to small areas of the skin.  This ensures that the wound is controlled.

During this treatment, you might experience a burning sensation. This can usually last up to ten minutes, after which you will experience stinging. This stinging is usually eased by placing cool compresses.

ARE THERE ANY SIDE EFFECTS OF CHEMICAL PEELS?

A chemical peel can result in a temporary as well as permanent skin color change for some skin types. This side effect becomes more likely to occur if you take birth control pills or are genetically predisposed to brownish discoloration.

While the likelihood is low, scarring is also a possible risk associated with chemical peels. Some skin types are more prone to scarring due to a chemical peel. However, it is also possible to treat the scarring with decent results.

If you have a history of herpes, chemical peels may reactivate cold sores. Consult your doctor in order to prevent that from happening.

WHAT ARE THE AFTER EFFECTS OF THE TREATMENT?

How your skin reacts after the treatment is dependent on your skin type. Usually, a sunburn-like reaction occurs. The peeling generally results in redness and then scaling which may end within seven days.

You can repeat the procedure every one to four weeks in case the peel is mild in order to achieve the desired results.

Deep peeling can be repeated every 6 to 12 months if required.

You may require bandages after the procedure for a few day on the specific areas of your skin that were treated.

The chemical peel replaces the old skin with new skin and it fragile so it is important that you avoid going out in the sun for a few months after the procedure.

IS IT THE RIGHT TREATMENT FOR ME?

The ideal candidates for this treatment are people with light hair and fair skin. However, darker-skinned people can also get a good result depending on the particular condition that is being treated but they are more prone to end up with an uneven skin tone.