What are Chemical Peels?
As the name indicates, a chemical peel employs a chemical solution to peel away the wrinkled, blemished, irregularly pigmented facial skin. There are different chemicals available and so produce different results and likewise used to correct different problems. Though, stronger chemicals cause more pain and take longer to heal. The myriad types of chemical peels include:
Alphahydroxy acids (AHA): One of the mildest peels are Alphahydroxy acids and are used to treat fine wrinkles, mild acne scars, age spots, uneven skin colouring and some pre-cancerous growths too. These peels are made of glycolic, lactic and fruit acids. For this treatment, the doctor will start by thoroughly cleansing the area to be treated. Only about 10-15 minutes will be taken and the patient feels a slight sting when the peel is applied. No ointments are applied before and after the procedure and no anesthesia is required. Repetitions after a month are normal.
Trichloriacetic acids (TCA): Moderate skin damage due to either sun, wrinkles or discolouration etc are treated with TCA peels. This is fast treatment and lasts only about 15 minutes. To begin with the procedure the doctor will thoroughly clean the skin. In this procedure also no anesthesia is required as the TCA has a numbing effect by itself. At times, two or more TCA peels at intervals of one or two months are necessary to achieve the desired results.
Phenol acid: One of the strongest chemical peels is Phenol acid and is used to treat blotchiness, coarse wrinkles and scarring. The most lasting results are produced by this peel method and the entire treatment may take between 1 to 2 hours. People having darker complexions are not recommended for Phenol acid peels as they may cause permanent lightening of the skin. Phenol peels implemented over a smaller portion may take about 10-15 minutes. After completing a phenol peel treatment, the treated area may be applied petroleum jelly by the doctor. Normally, these peels are used only once.
How much pain do chemical peels cause?
While carrying out the procedure, many people feel a brief burning sensation followed by stinging or numbness. Only during treatment, the milder peels are uncomfortable and the phenol peel may have discomfort after the procedure too.
What can I expect after a chemical peel procedure?
After the procedure, majority of patients experience slight facial swelling and reddening. Eyes often swell shut, after a phenol peel. After any peel, it is crucial to protect the skin from sun exposure.
Can chemical peels be combined with any other procedure?
Yes, you can get surprising results when chemical peels are combined with a face-lift; the face-lift will correct sagging and loose skin in while the peel improves the texture of the skin
Chemical peeling is a lunch time procedure. It makes your skin smooth, soft, supple, blemish free and even textured.
It can be done for pimple reduction; pigment reduction; skin glow; pimple scars.