I want to have a chemical peel, but I was hoping to go on vacation with my family about 2 weeks after the procedure. What is the recovery time usually like after the procedure?
The recovery after a chemical peel completely depends on the actual chemical peel and how many layers and what strength is applied. For example, the recovery after a glycolic peel or a lunch time peel is practically immediate with no real down time and very little peeling like a light sun burn. With a deeper chemical peel, like a Vi Peel, by my master aestheticians in Herndon Virginia 20170, you may have 5-7 days of peeling much like a deeper sun burn. A Phenol peel by me, at INOVA Fair Oaks Hospital (Fairfax Virginia) or at Suburban Hospital (Bethesda, Maryland), would give you about 2 weeks of down time.