Whatever strength peel you need, it's important to choose an experienced doctor, says David J. Leffell, MD, a professor of dermatology at the Yale University School of Medicine in New Haven, Conn., and the author of "Total Skin: The Definitive Guide to Whole Skin Care for Life."
"As more and more doctors get involved in doing cosmetic procedures outside their original area of training, it is important to ascertain where your doctor learned to do peels and what kind of experience he or she has had," he tells WebMD. "The degree to which your doctor can answer your questions specifically will be an indication of degree of expertise. In general, board certified dermatologists are the most highly trained in these procedures."
For referral to a cosmetic surgeon in your area, call ASAPS at (888) 272-7711 or visit its web site at http://www.surgery.org.