This type of non-invasive procedure is performed on an outpatient basis. No anesthesia is required. Treatments to smaller areas of your face may only take 10 to 15 minutes. You will likely experience temporary redness, flaking, or dryness immediately after treatment, but these mild side effects should subside within a short period of time. Moderate swelling and discomfort is common with trichloroacetic acid treatments.
Be sure to wear sunscreen every time you are outside. New skin cells form within 7 to 10 days, and any redness fades over the following weeks and months. Consult with Dr. Flint as to when the best time will be to resume wearing makeup or returning to your normal daily activities. Alphahydroxy acids provide refreshing improvements to your skin’s overall tone and color that may be very subtle, but the results increase with repeated treatments over time. Deeper peels are often more dramatic and last longer.