Facial Plastic Surgery Organization Urges Patients to take a Lesson from Sex and the City’s Samantha Jones

New York, NY, August 20, 2002 — On this week’s episode of Sex and the City, “Samantha” planned on undergoing Botox to prep for Carrie’s book party. However, when she sat in the chair at her cosmetic surgeon’s office, she decided to splurge on a chemical peel and emerged “looking like an overripe tomato.”

According to the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS) – the world’s largest association of facial plastic and reconstructive surgeons — nearly 74,000 patients underwent chemical peels in 2001 making it the third most popular among surgical and non-surgical procedures (Botox reigned as the number one procedure last year).

“On Samantha’s journey for a smooth, youthful appearance, she learned a valuable lesson – the importance of remembering that no matter how minimal a procedure may seem, it is still a medical technique that should be undergone with careful consideration,” says AAFPRS President Dr. Shan Baker. “While chemical peels are safe and effective, there can be risks involved. That’s why it is important for patients to be well informed before undergoing treatment.”

Know the facts! A chemical peel is a resurfacing of the skin with an acid solution that peels the top layers and allows smoother, regenerated skin to emerge. Deeper peels are an effective treatment for wrinkles caused by sun damage. If this is your next treatment option for a refreshed, glowing appearance, the AAFPRS offers the following must-have information:

  • Look for a board-certified facial plastic surgeon. To find a qualified, facial plastic surgeon in your area, call the Facial Plastic Surgery Information Service at 1-800-332-FACE or visit
  • Chemical peels can be safely performed in a facial plastic surgeon’s office, office-based surgical facility or outpatient surgical center. Usually, anesthesia is not required for the procedure.
  • Immediately following a chemical peel, a dressing to cover the skin may be applied. Temporary flaking or scaling, redness and dryness are normal, and ointments to keep the skin supple will be applied for seven to 10 days following surgery.
  • In one to two weeks after a chemical peel, new skin will emerge that is pinkish, finer, and free of many wrinkles, but it will take several weeks for all the redness to vanish. During this time, it is especially important to use a sun block especially as skin will be extremely sensitive to UVA/UVB rays.
  • About two weeks after treatment, one may return to work and resume normal activities. Skin will be healed enough to wear makeup (a facial plastic surgeon can recommend camouflage make-up and provide application techniques).
  • Remember, not everyone might be suitable for a chemical peel. Skin type and color, ethnic background, and age are important factors that should be discussed prior to surgery.

Note to editors: Dr. Shan Baker or a facial plastic surgeon in your area is available for interviews.