GENERAL lNFORMATION: Chemical skin peels and other skin treatments have been performed for many years to treat a variety of skin disorders. This treatment is used to treat sun damage, wrinkling, acne scars, aging skin, and uneven pigmentation. There are many different techniques and regimens for the application of chemical-peeling and skin treatment medications.
ALTERNATIVE TREATMENTS: Alternative forms of management include not treating the skin with chemical-peeling agents or other medications. Improvement of skin lesions and skin wrinkles may be accomplished by other treatments such as dermabrasion, laser treatment, or surgery to tighten loose skin. Risks and potential complications are associated with alternative forms of treatment.
RISKS OF CHEMICAL SKIN PEEL/ SKIN TREATMENTS: Every procedure involves a certain amount of risk and it is important that you understand these risks and the possible complications associated with them. In addition, every procedure has limitations. An individual's choice to undergo a procedure is based on the comparison of the risk to potential benefit. Although the majority of patients do not experience these complications, you sbould discuss each of them with your practitioner to make sure you understand all possible consequences of chemical exfoliation and other forms of skin treatment. Possible side effects include: infection, scarring, color change, Accutane (may impair the ability of skin to heal), allergic reactions, lack of permanent results, heart problems, skin discoloration, swelling, skin sensitivity, damaged skin, pain, and unknown risks (may be discovered).