Chemical peels can be used to bring about a dramatic change in the appearance of the skin. Since the area around the eyes may show signs of ageing more quickly than other areas of the face, tightening this area with the use of chemical peels may be helpful. Chemical peels can be performed in a physician's office or in the home. Chemical peels performed by a doctor are stronger but more costly. Peels done at home are less expensive but may be effective in minimising lines and helping skin appear firmer.
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Choose a dermatologist---a physician who specialises in skin care---or a plastic surgeon who performs chemical peels. Find a qualified doctor by searching the American Medical Association's Find a Doctor database.
Contact your chosen physician and request an appointment. When you speak to the physician's office, make sure to specify that you need a consultation appointment to discuss a chemical peel for the purpose of tightening skin around the eyes.
Visit the physician and discuss your desires and expectations regarding the chemical peel. You may choose to have the chemical peel performed at the first appointment or set a future date.
Discuss with your physician what you need to do in order to help the chemical peel work best. Your physician will guide you in regard to your behaviour during and after the peel.
Follow all medical instructions for aftercare. These instructions typically include limiting sun exposure and avoiding alcohol. Since the chemical peel has been applied in the area under the eye, wearing sunglasses will likely be recommended for several weeks or months.
Buy a home chemical peel kit. Most home chemical peel kits use the same type of acids that physicians use, but in diluted form. Home chemical peel kits typically use either alpha hydroxy acids---AHAs---or salicylic acids to tighten skin.
Apply the home chemical peel kit according to the directions on the box, taking care to avoid getting the substance too close to the eyes.
Allow the peel to take effect, following the manufacturer's directions regarding exposure time.
Remove the chemical peel according to the manufacturer's directions. Use extra caution around the delicate eye area.
Follow all directions provided with the home chemical peel in regard to aftercare. Typically this will involve staying out of the sun and avoiding alcohol.
Tips and warnings
- Chemical peels can minimise the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles under the eyes, but will rarely achieve a dramatic skin tightening in the case of sagging or loose skin.
- Do not expect overnight results: The skin tightening effects, especially the reduction and tightening of fine lines under the eyes, may not be immediately apparent.
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