What kind of anesthesia is used during a chemical peel?
Light chemicalpeels generally do not require anesthetic. Cool air decreases any stinging sensation felt during application and penetration of the chemical. Patients are comfortable after the treatment and do not require analgesia post-procedure.
Medium peelswith their greater penetration to tackle deeper wrinkles, generally require more pain relief. Oral medication before treatment along with cooling during the procedure keep the patient comfortable.
Deep peels are the most painful because they reach deep into the dermal layer to attack lines and wrinkles. Oral pain medication and sedatives to control pain and anxiety are given. IV sedation or a shot can also be part of the pain-control regimen. Oral pain medication may also be needed after the procedure.