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What should I think about if I have a chemical peel?

Stuart A. Linder, MD
Plastic Surgery

The indications for chemical peels include: acne, pigmentation problems, aesthetic purposes, and epidermal growths. The pigment disorders include melasma, freckles, hyperpigmentation, and lentigines. Acne scars, comedonal acne, and hyperpigmentation may be diminished with deeper peels (TCA and phenol). There is a reduction in seborrheic keratoses, actinic keratoses, milia, and sebaceous hyperplasia. The patient should first be consulted with and history taken for oral isotretinoin (Accutane), history of smoking, herpetic outbreaks, scar history (hypertrophic and keloid) and previous cosmetic surgical facial procedures. 

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