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Chemical Peels

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This treatment can improve the appearance of your skin. During Chemical Peels, a chemical solution is applied to the skin, which makes it "blister" and eventually peel off. The new skin is usually smoother and less wrinkled. Chemical Peels can be done on Face, Neck and Hands.

  • Reduce Fine Lines
  • Reduce wrinkles caued due to sun damage & aging
  • Treat mild scars and acne
  • Improves skin radiance & glow
  • Removes dark patches & age spots

Types of Chemical Peel

Superficial peels: It uses mild acids like alpha-hydroxy acid to gently exfoliate the skin. It only penetrates the outermost layer of skin.

Medium peels: It uses trichloroacetic or glycolic acid to reach the middle and outer layer of skin. Therefore, it effectively removes the damaged skin cells.

Deep peels: It fully penetrate the middle layer of the skin to remove damaged skin cells. These peels often use phenol or tricholoracetic acid.

Preparations

Be prepared to answer questions about current and past medical conditions. Be sure to tell your doctor if you've been using a retinoid cream such as tretinoin (Renova, Retin-A, others), which can enhance the penetration of some chemical peels. Doctor will inspect your skin and the area to be treated.

About a week before the chemcial peel, stop waxing or using hair-removal products. Avoid bleaching, massages or facial scrubs in the week before your peel.

Take an antiviral medication if you have a history of fever blisters or cold sores to prevent a breakout around the mouth.

Before a chemical peel, you must not have been on Accutane for at least six months.

How Chemical Peels are done?

Light peel: For a light chemical peel a cotton ball, gauze, or brush is used to apply a chemical solution like salicylic acid to the area that is to be treated. The skin will start to whiten, and may have a slight stinging sensation. Once complete, the chemical solution will be removed by adding a neutralizing solution.

Medium peel: For a medium chemical peel, your doctor will use a gauze, special sponge, or a cotton-tipped applicator to apply the chemical solution like glycolic acid or trichloroacetic acid to your face. The skin will begin to whiten and you may feel stinging or burning for up to 20 minutes. The doctor will apply a cool compress to the skin. If you’ve had the blue peel you will have a blue coloring of your skin that may last for several days after the peel.

Deep peel: For a deep chemical peel the doctor will use a cotton-tipped applicator to apply phenol to your skin. This will turn your skin white or gray. The procedure will be done in 15-minute portions, to limit the skin exposure to the acid.

After the Chemical Peel

After a chemical peel, skin is temporarily more sensitive to the sun, so wear sunscreen every day. Limit your time in the sun, especially between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Recovery time is about four to seven days meanwhile your skin may temporarily be lighter or darker.

Avoid using makeup or other cosmetics until your doctor gives you the go-ahead. You can use ice packs for 20 minutes at a time, or a cool fan, to help relieve discomfort at home.