Chemical Peel - Side Effects

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What are risks, side effects, and dangers of chemical peels?

The risks, side effects, and complications of chemical peels include scarring, infection, reactivation of herpes simplex infections, and a substantial contrast in coloration of the treated skin. All patients will have a recuperation period, the length of which depends upon the depth of the peel. Deep peels can result in substantial periods of healing on the order of weeks. Deep peels generally require extensive local anesthesia, conscious sedation, and occasionally general anesthesia, which carries its own risks.

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Comment from: Disappointed, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 08

I have fines lines and ice picked scars from my acne but I do not have pigmentation. Now I suffered severe 'burned patches' of island patches and spots on my cheeks since having done the chemical peel. I did ask the aesthetician about the appearance of extreme darkened patches the day after the peel. He assured me it is fine though I have a deep suspicion of the uneven patches. My face looks badly pigmented now. This is certainly a very bad job done on my face by an aesthetician with many years of experience. I seem to have permanent scarring now. I am extremely disappointed.

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Comment from: MN, Female (Patient) Published: May 27

Please do not do these chemical peels. I was informed by a scientist researcher who did product development that 98 percent of the people who do this develop skin cancer. A doctor gave me a peel without my consent when under anesthesia. I was furious when I woke and it burned terribly. He refused to remove it. I didn't need it either. It plumps up your face for about a year or so, but is horrible and painful. Now I have the dreaded skin cancer all over my face and expect it to be fatal. Please people do not let this happen to you.

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