Chemical peels are quick procedures performed in the office.The skin is cleansed and the peeling solution or solutions are carefully applied to the appropriate areas. For some, this may be a full face peel, which would cover the entire face. Others may need a partial peel, such as around the mouth for those fine, vertical lines, the forehead for horizontal wrinkles, or on cheeks for fine wrinkles and age spots. The treatment may be accompanied by some stinging or a mild burning sensation. Depending upon the strength of the peel treatment you may see that the skin will become somewhat red, and a little swollen and flaky (similar to a sunburn) for a few days. About one in ten patients will have some brown patches, which peel off within 7-10 days. During the healing process the cells that are shed are replaced by a fresh new skin surface. After healing there may be some temporary mild pinkness that gradually fades and can be diminished by makeup.