I Had a 50% Glycolic Peel Yesterday and Now my Eyes Are Very Swollen, Will It Go Away?

I had a 50% glycolic peel yesterday and now my eyes are very swollen. I asked my dermatologist why did I have such bad swelling and she assured me that the swelling will go away. Does the swelling completely go away? I am in a panic. Please help!!

Doctor Answers 2

Glycolic acid peel

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 Glycolic acid peel close to the eye lid will cause some swelling. Elevate the head, ice, Do not add salt to food.

The swelling will disappear. Consult your surgeon

Baltimore Plastic Surgeon

Swelling after peels should resolve quickly

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Any injury around the eyes (peels, laser, surgery) will lead to swelling.  I always caution my patients that their eyes may swell completely shut by the next morning.  Generally some ice will bring most of this down and the eyes should be mostly back to normal after a few days.

Joseph Campanelli, MD
Portland Facial Plastic Surgeon

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