Cosmetic procedure. Face of a woman during the application of a chemical peel. This is a chemical solution that removes the top layer of the skin. It smoothes wrinkles and improves the skin's texture. Several chemicals can be used, including alphahydroxy acids, trichloroacetic acid and phenol. Here, the surgeon is blotting tears from the patient's eyes. Tears can dilute the chemicals, which reduces the effectiveness of the peel. Side effects may include areas of depigmentation, tingling and swelling.
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