Improve and smoothen the texture of the skin, decrease its pigmentation, remove scars
Chemical peeling is used on the body to improve the appearance of the skin and is typically performed on the face, neck or hands. A chemical solution is applied to the skin that causes it to shed off. The new, regenerated skin is usually smoother and less wrinkled than the old skin and temporarily more sensitive to the sun.
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Different peels are used as per the condition being treated. There are alpha, beta hydroxy acid peels. Various combination peels are also available for lightening. The Doctor would choose the peel best suited for your condition.
Repeated peels are often needed to produce the effect the person wants. The number of sessions varies from person to person, depending on the problem, skin color. They are done every couple of weeks depending on the skin condition.
You may be given some creams to prepare the skin for the peel. Inform your doctor if you have any skin problem.
At the time of treatment, the skin is thoroughly cleansed with an agent that removes excess oils, and the eyes and hair are protected. One or more chemical solutions - an alpha hydroxy acid, such as glycolic acid, salicylic acid, or lactic acid; trichloroacetic acid (TCA); or carbolic acid (phenol) - are used. These applications produce a controlled wound, enabling new, refreshed skin to appear. Most patients experience a warm to somewhat hot or stinging sensation which lasts from a few seconds to few minutes. Anesthesia, painkillers are usually not required.
Superficial peeling usually involves mild redness with slight exfoliation for 2-4 days which may occasionally last for 7 days, followed by scaling that ends within three to seven days. Medium-depth and deep peeling may result in redness and swelling and the presence of water blisters that may break, crust, turn brown, and peel off over a period of seven to 14 days. It is important to avoid overexposure to the sun after a chemical peel since the new skin is fragile and more susceptible to damage. You will be prescribed the proper follow-up care to reduce the tendency to develop abnormal skin color after peeling.
The Doctor may recommend some special creams to use after the peel. Moisturizers and sunscreen are essential. It is wise not to pick on any peeling skin/scabs. Salon procedures are best avoided for few weeks after the peel or as advised by your doctor.
Redness, color changes, crusting, allergic reactions, flaring of herpes, increased sensitivity to the sunlight are rarely seen. The Doctor will advise you further on this.
Apart from treating your problem, peels give a healthy glow to the skin and the texture also improves.
Yes there are different peels that may be used for immediate to a little longer term effect. You can get more information on these from your doctor.