Belage Center for Facial Plastic Surgery

Chemical Peels FAQ

Healthy, youthful-looking skin requires a consistent skin care regimen that combines different treatments. Chemical peels are some of the most popular procedures at our Houston practice, and patients tend to have a lot of questions about the various strengths and how to work them into their skin regimens.

Patients considering facial rejuvenation can request a consultation to learn more about chemical peels. Use our online form or call the Belage Center at

(713) 978-7878 to schedule an appointment.

Dr. Haresh Yalamanchili

An experienced, double board-certified surgeon, Dr. Yalamanchili makes the physical and emotional wellbeing of each patient a priority.


What is a chemical peel?

A chemical peel is a cosmetic technique that improves the quality and texture of the skin. The application of a chemical solution causes the top layer of skin to peel away, revealing the fresh skin underneath. Fine lines, uneven tone and sun damage can all be lifted away with the top layer of skin.

What can a chemical peel do?

Chemical peels can improve a wide range of skin imperfections on the hands, face and neck, including:

  • Fine lines
  • Age spots
  • Uneven texture
  • Discoloration
  • Sun damage
  • Mild acne scarring

A chemical peel cannot tighten loose skin or remove deep wrinkles. For these issues, you may want to consider a procedure like a facelift or laser skin resurfacing.

Am I a candidate for a chemical peel?

If you want to improve the texture and imperfections of your skin, then you are a candidate for a chemical peel. If you are taking any acne medications or currently have a skin infection, then you might not be a candidate at this time.

Chemical peels are effective treatments for most people, but people with darker skin should be cautioned that they have a higher chance of hypopigmentation after a deep chemical peel. Hypopigmentation is a change in the color of your skin.

What is the downtime for a chemical peel?

In most cases, you can return to normal activities immediately after your chemical peel. Chemical peels penetrate at various depths, and after a shallow peel you can expect to experience redness for about an hour after the peel, sometimes followed by several days of slight peeling.

A deeper chemical peel may cause swelling, and you may have blistering and scabbing of the skin for a couple weeks.

When will I see results from the treatment?

Final results will vary depending on each person and the specific chemical peel. You will see a difference once your skin has healed after the peel, and you can expect to see total results between 10 days and three weeks later.

How often should I get a chemical peel?

Regular chemical peels can combat the effects of the aging process on your skin. Medium to deep peels often have to be repeated every three to six months, while superficial peels have subtle results and may have to be repeated more frequently. Oftentimes, a series of superficial peels are completed within a few weeks to achieve desired results.

What are the risks of this treatment?

Risks and side effects increase with deeper peels and may include:

  • Swelling
  • Redness
  • Changes in skin color
  • Scarring
  • Sensitivity to light and sunburns
  • Allergic reaction
  • Infection

These concerns can be minimized by choosing a medical professional who has experience with chemical peels, and who will determine your candidacy for certain kinds of peels.

For chemical peels in Houston, please contact the experienced staff at the Belage Center for Facial Plastic Surgery to schedule a consultation.


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