Chemical peel is a non-invasive technique used to improve the appearance of the skin. In this treatment, a chemical solution is applied to the skin, which causes it to "blister" and eventually peel off, regenerating a new skin that made your skin look smoother and younger.
Although chemical peels are used mostly on the face, they can also be used to improve the skin on your neck and hands. There’s several type of chemical peeling, light chemical peel, medium chemical peel and deep chemical peel. Our doctor will help you to determine the depth of your peel. This joint decision can vary, depending upon the condition of your skin and the objectives of treatment.
What is it for?
Chemical peels can be used to:
- Reduce fine lines under the eyes and around the mouth
- Treat wrinkles caused by sun damage, aging and family history
- Improve the appearance of mild scarring
- Treat certain types of acne
- Reduce age spots, freckles and dark patches due to pregnancy or taking birth control pills (melasma)
- Improve the look and feel of skin that is dull in texture and color
Is there any side effect?
In certain skin types, there is a risk of developing a temporary or permanent color change in the skin after a chemical peel. Although low, there is a risk of scarring in certain areas of the face, and certain individuals may be more prone to scarring. Birth control pills, getting pregnant, or family history of brownish discoloration on the face may increase the possibility of developing abnormal pigmentation.
There is a small risk of reactivation of cold sores in patients with a history of herpes outbreaks. This problem is treated with medication as prescribed by the doctor. Your doctor may also choose to give you medication before or immediately after the peel in order to prevent a herpes outbreak
What happens during the treatment?
The skin is thoroughly cleansed with an agent that removes excess oils and the eyes and hair are protected. No anaesthetic is needed for light and medium peels. One or more chemical solutions, such as glycolic acid, trichloroacetic acid, salicylic acid, or lactic acid are applied to small areas on the skin and left up for up to 10 minutes before washed off and neutralized.
During a chemical peel, most patients experience a burning sensation that lasts about five to ten minutes, followed by a stinging sensation. Cool compresses may be applied to help alleviate this stinging.
How long it will last?
You can repeat light and medium chemical peels weekly for up to six weeks to achieve your desired results.
What should I be aware of after treatment?
- After chemical peel, a reaction similar to sunburn could occur. Light peeling usually involves redness, followed by scaling that ends within three to seven days. Medium-depth peeling may result in swelling, as well as the presence of water blisters that may break, crust, turn brown, and peel off over a period of seven to 14 days.
- Your skin will be more sensitive to sun exposure. Be sure to use sunscreen.