Dr Shah: Master of the Art of Aesthetics

At Shah Aesthetics in Springfield, MO you will find a double board-certified plastic surgeon, facial plastic surgeon and ENT specialist who has been practicing for 25 years.

  • Dr. Shah is recognized as the leading plastic surgeon in the region
  • He is a highly skilled, compassionate doctor who is trusted and respected for his superior results and personalized care

Are Chemical Peels Painful?

Chemical peels vary in depth from light to medium to deep. Pain relief is not usually needed for light peels. With a medium peel, you may be given a painkiller and a sedative. 

Light Peel Procedure

A chemical solution is applied to the skin with a brush, cotton ball, sponge, or gauze. You may experience mild stinging. When treatment time is up, the doctor will use a neutralizing solution or wash to remove the chemical from your skin.

Medium Peel Procedure

A stronger chemical solution is applied with a cotton-tipped applicator or gauze. After a few minutes of treatment, your doctor may apply cool compresses to soothe the skin, or you may be given a handheld fan. No neutralizing solution is used. You may experience stinging and burning for up to 20 minutes.

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What Happens With My Skin After a Chemical Peel?

Light Peel Recovery

You can expect some irritation with any chemical peel. After a light peel, your skin will be mildly irritated, red, and dry. Your skin care specialist may apply a protective ointment. You can wear makeup the next day. It can take one to seven days for treated areas to heal completely.

Medium Peel Recovery

You can expect to experience some stinging, with red and swollen skin. Protective ointment may be applied. Use ice packs and over-the-counter pain relievers. Wait 5 to 7 days to wear makeup. Healing takes approximately one to two weeks.

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Chemical Peels FAQ

What kind of results can I expect with a chemical peel in Springfield, MO?

Will I need sunscreen after a chemical peel?

What kind of results can I expect with a chemical peel in Springfield, MO?

Light chemical peels deliver subtle results. They reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and improve skin tone and texture. A medium chemical peel can make the skin noticeably smoother.

Will I need sunscreen after a chemical peel?

Yes, definitely. New skin after any type of peel is temporarily more sensitive to sun exposure. It is important to use protective clothing and sunscreen.

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