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Risks of DIY Chemical Peels


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by Dr. Steven Wallach

Fine lines on the face and discolored skin are some of the facial imperfections that affect your overall appearance. It is possible to treat these flaws with the different surgical and non-surgical facial rejuvenation procedures available. If you would like to take the non-surgical route, we recommend chemical peels. Here at our Manhattan plastic surgery practice, you can have smoother and younger-looking skin with chemical peels. It can sometimes be tempting to do the peels on your own especially with that you can purchase peels online or at a nearby drug store. You can also find a lot of online resources that teach you how the procedure is done. Then again, DIY peels can go wrong.

Risks of DIY peels

Superficial peels may not give you the desired results.

This is very common among people who do peels at home. Even if you can find instructions and get tips on how to do the procedure, there is no question that a professional peel will still yield better results.

Deep peels that are done by someone who is not properly trained can be dangerous.

You may end up damaging your skin instead of rejuvenating it. Worse, the damage may be irreparable and you may experience scarring. These peels should only be done by a professional in a skin care facility. With numerous sites selling peels that are typically used by professionals, it can be tempting to order the products so you could save money. Sadly, many sites do not even carry cosmetology licenses and do not have extensive knowledge about the procedure.

Chemical peels have contraindications which you might not be aware of.

If you are prone to having cold sores or you actually have one, a chemical peel can result in herpetic breakout and scarring. Furthermore, skin preparation has to be done before the treatment. Proper skin care is also imperative following a peel. DIY chemical peels may appear cheaper initially, but you could end up spending much more if they do not go right. You do not have to take the risk and regret it later on. Let a board certified plastic surgeon with extensive experience in performing chemical peels take care of your skin and give you wonderful results. Set an appointment with Dr. Wallach today by calling 212-861-6400. You may also fill out this online contact form to get in touch with us.

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