Post Operative Care: Deep Chemical Peel
OINTMENT: Deeper peels (phenol and TCA) cause redness and blistering of the treated areas. We prefer that you coat those areas with a light covering of Preparation H two or three times daily. Although this sounds strange, the medication is nearly ideal. A soothing astringent, it reduces the discomfort and helps to prevent the formation of crusts.
CLEANSING: You may wash the peeled areas with water and your fingertips as desired. After washing, pat the areas dry and reapply the ointment (Preparation H) very lightly.
DRAINAGE AND OOZING: If drainage occurs, it usually lasts for 2 or 3 days only. Pat the areas with gauze sponges and wash as needed.
SEVERE REDNESS, PAIN, AND INFECTION: If redness increases or spreads and if the pain increases, you may have a superficial infection. Please call Dr. Zubowski or one of the nurses. Depending on the symptoms, you may need to see your doctor and/or be treated with antibiotics.
SCRATCHING AND PICKING: Please avoid scratching or picking the treated areas, as that may cause infection or scarring.
LONGER TERM POSTOPERATIVE INSTRUCTIONS*
ACTIVITY/SPORTS: We want you to avoid straining or any aerobic activity for at least 3 weeks after surgery. This is to avoid bleeding, bruising, and swelling. Do not resume strenuous exercise for 3 to 4 weeks. Dr. Zubowski will give you clearance to increase your activities according to the progress of your recovery.
DRIVING: You may resume driving when you feel you are able, but wait at least 2 days after surgery. Keep in mind that you must have full use of your reflexes. If pain will inhibit them, don’t drive!
SEXUAL ACTIVITY: You may enjoy sexual activity as your body allows with the following restriction: please reread Activity/Sports above and apply the same concept to sex.
SUN EXPOSURE: If fresh scars are exposed to the sun, they will tend to become darker and take longer to fade. Sunscreen can help. Take extra care and precautions if the area operated on is slightly numb — you might not “feel” a sunburn developing!
WORK: Follow whatever plan you and Dr. Zubowski have agreed upon.