What is the recovery time after a chemical peel?


How much time should I put aside for recovery after I have a superficial chemical peel? The superficial chemical peel is the least invasive one.


F, 47, Nebraska

Recovery is dependent upon how strong the chemical acid that is used. It could be anywhere from 1 day to 7-8 days.

Recovery from chemical peel depends on the depth of the peel and the strength of the medical used.  Typically, in my experience, we try to limit it to under 5 days for outpatients, and 7-8 days for patients who are getting their chemical peels with surgery (like a facelift).  Of course the deeper peels have better results, so it's helpful to invest in the recovery time if possible.

Hi Vicky, Depending on your job, you should be back to full function the next day, presentable at 3-4 days, and the redness can take months to go away completely (but most of my patients would agree it's worth it!)

Much of it depends on the strength of the chemical peel. Typically, the stronger the peel, the longer the recovery.