My family has a long history of skin cancer. I have heard or read somewhere that chemical peels may remove pre-cancerous skin growth. Would this be a good procedure for me to start having on a routine basis?
There are many different chemical peel solutions that vary the depth of the chemical peel. Only medium to deep chemical peels will effectively remove precancerous skin growths. Deep chemical peels remove the entire top layer of the skin, removing any skin growths in that layer. A medium to deep chemical peel should only be performed by a facial plastic surgeon or plastic surgeon and often requires anesthesia and monitoring. There is significant downtime with a deep chemical peel, but typically this procedure does not need to be repeated. A skin cancer by definition extends beyond this layer and would not be removed in this process. Before having a chemical peel performed it is important to have your skin evaluated for any suspicious lesions.