Chemical Peels for Skin Renewal
Our skin is made up of millions of cells that protect us from the environment and regulate our body temperature. Every day thousands of cells die, flake off and are replaced by new cells from beneath the skin. In younger people this layer of dead skin cells contributes to blockage of the pores and predisposes to acne and blackheads (comedones). Chemical Peels by partial removal of the outer dead skin layer is an effective treatment of both cystic and comedonal acne.
As we age our skin regeneration rate begins to slow down. Our skin may become dull and show less complexion. Dark blotches, fine lines and other signs of sun-damage and aging begin to appear.
Chemical peels have been used for over 100 years to create an even and controlled shedding of built up or damaged skin cells. A chemical peel involves using a solution applied to the skin to remove dead skin cells which stimulates the production of new skin cells. It unblocks pores, tightens the skin, reduces wrinkling, reduces superficial pigmentation and restores a more youthful appearance.
During the consultation with your doctor you will want to explain the level of skin improvement you hope to achieve. Your doctor will then review your medical history and examine your skin type and pigmentation to determine if you are a good candidate for a chemical peel. Together you can evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of the different types of chemical peels, discuss your options, your expectations and determine the best treatment for you.
Which Skin Conditions Can A Chemical Peel Improve?
• Fine lines and wrinkles
• Uneven pigmentation
• Shallow acne scars
• Sun-damaged skin
• Age spots
A chemical peel is not a substitute for a facelift. It cannot eliminate excessive or lax skin. But, in many cases, a chemical peel is performed in conjunction with other simple office procedures like anti-wrinkles injection or a dermal filler such as Restylane or Sculptra.
What Is The Treatment Like?
Unlike laser resurfacing, chemical peels can be performed all over the body, including the backs of the hands and the chest or back. Most chemical peels are performed as outpatient procedures in the doctor’s office. Depending on your skin type and the desired results, your doctor may recommend a superficial, medium or deep chemical peel. Your doctor will select the most appropriate solution (eg. Glycolic acid, Jessner’s solution or TCA solution) and apply the solution to the treatment area. Once applied, the solution produces a separation and peeling of the outer layers of the skin. This stimulates the production of new skin from beneath. After treatment most patients experience a warm to hot sensation, which may last as long as ten minutes. For deeper peels, some patients require anaesthesia.
What Should You Expect After Treatment?
Reactions to chemical peels are dependent on the type of peel undertaken. A glycolic peel causes immediate softening of the skin without any visible post treatment reddening, making them very popular as quick and effective ‘lunchtime’ treatments. Jessner peels cause an immediate effect similar to mild or moderate sunburn, depending on the number of layers applied and skin preparation. The redness generally lasts for 24 hours and is followed by a tightening sensation as the outer dead layers of skin dry which are then shed over the next 7 days. It is important to avoid using any glycolic or alcohol based skin products during this period. Instead, patients are advised to apply a simple moisturiser as often as required. Do not pick at the peeling skin during the first 5 days.
It is essential that sun exposure is avoided following a chemical peel. Your new skin may be very sensitive and remains susceptible to injury from UV light. Always apply a wide spectrum non-comedogenic sunblock of at least SPF 15+ every morning before leaving home. Even in winter!
facial peel @15% TCA 100€
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