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Michele A Finley MD
12337 Hancock Street Suite 22
Carmel, IN 46033

Chemical Peels

What are the benefits? 
A chemical peel can restore a more youthful appearance to any skin. However, a peel cannot reverse the aging process or completely remove deep scars. Wrinkled skin that is loose and sagging may also require a laser resurfacing treatment.

What will happen during the procedure? 
All chemical peels involve applying a chemical solution to remove the outer layers of skin so that a smoother, more evenly pigmented, glowing layer of skin can appear. There are three basic categories of chemical peels. Each type works differently, and produces different results. In general, the stronger the chemical and the deeper the peel, the more impressive the results will be.  However, the deeper the peel, the longer the recovery time. 

The application of chemical peels are relatively fast and simple. No sedation or anesthesia is required, since the patient only experiences a slight stinging when the solution is applied.  First, the area to be treated is thoroughly cleansed. Next, the solution is applied for up to 15 minutes before removal.  At first, the patient may feel a warm or burning sensation, followed by stinging. Can be repeated every 3 to 4 weeks if deeper repair is desired.  

How long does it take?
The entire peel treatment for the full face generally takes 20 minutes. 

Does it hurt?
During the procedure, most people feel a brief tingling sensation.

What will I have to do following the procedure? 
After the procedure, most people experience some facial reddening.  Your medical aesthetician will recommend medical skin care products to use at home.

After any peel, it is critically important that the skin be protected from the sun. Ask for Dr.Finley’s mineral-based sun block with both UVA and UVB protection and apply it daily. 

Who is a good candidate for the procedure? 
In general, the best candidates for chemical peels are people: 

  • In good physical health.
  • Want to look younger and more refreshed.
  • Unhappy with the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, brown spots, acne, large pores or rough skin texture.
  • Informed about the appropriate skin tone for the type of peel used.
  • Realistic in their expectations.

The above is only a partial list of the criteria that Dr. Michele Finley will consider in determining whether or not this procedure is appropriate for you. 

How do I get started with a chemical peel? 
To find out more about our chemical peels and to discuss your individual requirements with Dr. Michele Finley, please contact us at 317-571-9966.