Learn more about treatment options for crow's feet
Chemical peels improve the appearance of crow’s feet by using a chemical solution to remove the outer layer of old skin. The new skin that replaces it is usually smoother and less wrinkled in appearance.
Why choose a chemical peel for crow’s feet
Chemical peels are a good choice for fair-skinned individuals.
As with any treatment, there are risks associated with it, though they are minimized in the hands of a qualified ASDS dermatologist. These include:
Temporary or permanent change in skin color, particularly for women on birth control pills, who subsequently become pregnant or have a history of brownish facial discoloration.Scarring.Reactivation of cold sores.
The average cost for chemical peel is several hundred dollars, determined by the extent of treatment. Since most insurance companies consider chemical peels a cosmetic procedure, the treatment usually isn’t covered.
How to prepare for the procedure
Before the procedure, you and your ASDS dermatologist should discuss expectations, potential risks and outcomes of the procedure. You also should:
- Discuss your treatment goals in order to determine the depth of chemical peel.
- Reveal any history of scarring, persistent cold sores or facial X-rays.
- Avoid any medications or supplements that can affect blood clotting – such as aspirin, ibuprofen or vitamin E – for 10 days before surgery.
- Avoid using medications such as Retin-A, Renova or glycolic acid.
Determine in advance whether you will need to have someone drive you home following the procedure.
What to expect after the procedure
Afterwards, patients experience a reaction similar to sunburn in the treatment area. Patients may experience:
- Redness, followed by scaling within three to seven days.
- Blisters that will crust, turn brown and peel off within seven to 14 days following medium and deep peels.
- Bandages over treated areas for several days.
Chemical peel patients should avoid the sun for several months following a procedure. Light peels may be repeated in one- to four-week intervals. Medium-depth peels may be repeated every six to 12 months.
Finding a doctor for your chemical peel for crow’s feet
Visit “Find a dermatologic surgeon” and choose “Chemical Peel” from the dropdown menu. In 2013, ASDS dermatologists performed 517,000 chemical peel procedures, up from nearly 414,000 procedures in 2012. Because ASDS dermatologists are trained in a variety of the best and latest techniques, they are the most qualified to evaluate and select the best treatment choice based on the individual patient’s condition.