Chemical Peel treatments are a quick, simple and safe procedure with nice results and minimal downtime. Although in the past images of burned faces after a Chemical Peel have left many people scared to try them, today’s Chemical Peel treatments are a safe non-invasive treatment option. They aid in diminishing acne, scarring, aging and sun damage. They will help you achieve complexion perfection and a more youthful appearance. A chemical solution is applied to the skin that will cause it to peel off the top layers, thus allowing new skin to regenerate.
Chemical Peel treatments have emerged as an exciting anti-aging procedure, helping to rejuvenate the skin and slow the effects of the aging process.
What can a Chemical Peel treatment do?
Chemical Peel treatments are used to treat fine lines, especially under the eyes and around the mouth. Mild scarring and certain types of acne may also be treated with Chemical Peels. In addition, pigmentation of the skin in the form of sun spots, age spots, liver spots, freckles, blotchiness due to taking birth control pills, and skin that is dull in texture and color may be improved with chemical treatments. Areas of sun-damaged skin and scaling patches may also improve. Sunscreens and sun blocks must be used in conjunction with chemical treatments in order to decrease the chance of the reappearance of lesions.
How are they performed?
The skin is thoroughly cleansed with an agent that removes excess oils, and the eyes and hair are protected. One or more chemical solutions such as glycolic acid, trichloroacetic acid, salicylic acid, retinoic acid, lactic acid, or phenol are used.
During a Chemical Peel treatment, the solution is gently applied to the skin. The application produces separation and eventually peels off layers of skin (sometimes visible, but many times invisible or “micro” peeling), enabling rejuvenated skin to appear.
During the procedure, most patients experience a warm to hot sensation that may last about five to ten minutes, followed by a stinging sensation. A deeper peel may be more painful and require medication during or after the procedure.
What can I expect after the treatment?
There may be a mild to severe sun burning sensation, depending on the type of treatment.
It is important to avoid overexposure to the sun immediately after a treatment since the new skin is fragile and more susceptible to injury.
Are there any possible complications?
Although very low, there is a risk of scarring after a Chemical Peel treatment. If it does occur, it can usually be treated with good results. Prior to a chemical treatment, it is important for a patient to inform the practitioner of any past history of keloids, unusual scarring tendencies, extensive radiation to the face, or recurring cold sores. This ensures that the proper precautions can be taken.